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London has banned lorries that do not have safety features designed to protect cyclists from driving in the city after a series of fatal accidents in which riders were dragged under the wheels of heavy goods vehicles. Under new rules that came into force on Tuesday, lorries weighing over 3.5 tonnes must be fitted with sideguards to stop cyclists from being pulled under the wheels and with additional mirrors to make riders and pedestrians more visible to drivers. Lorries found driving in the streets of London without these features will face a fine of up to 1,000 pounds per breach of the ban and repeat offenders could be referred to licensing authorities.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is expected to raise issues ranging from climate change to income inequality when he visits Cuba and the United States Sept. 19-27. Francis has launched an agenda of reform in the Vatican and in the global church, prioritizing different issues and counseling a more merciful message. Here's a primer on where the pope stands on key issues.