Pope urges Chinese Catholics to trust, reconcile after deal
Pope Francis urged Chinese Catholics on Wednesday to trust him and make concrete gestures of reconciliation following a landmark deal over bishop appointments that is aimed at ending decades of estrangement between the Vatican and Beijing.In a letter to the Chinese faithful, Francis also called for greater dialogue between local ...
Belgian media say queen mother has stroke
Belgian state media say that the country's queen mother, Queen Paola, has suffered a stroke during a trip to Venice, Italy.Broadcaster RTBF said Wednesday that the 81-year-old Italian-born mother of King Philippe became ill overnight and was to be urgently flown back to Belgium later in the day.FILE - In ...
In Paris, Airbnb blamed for all kinds of ills
The first paying guests to the ground-floor studio flat newly posted on Airbnb were innocuous enough: A family, come to experience the joys of Paris, like many millions of others.Franck Briand, who lives in the apartment directly above, now looks back on that moment as the start of what he ...
Convicted killer of Kim Wall on last day of sentence appeals
Danish submarine inventor Peter Madsen, convicted of torturing and murdering Swedish reporter Kim Wall last year, appeared in court Wednesday on the last day of his appeal against a life sentence.Closing remarks had been adjourned Sept. 14 after a juror collapsed. The hearing resumed Wednesday.Madsen, in a dark blazer, black ...
Prague’s fabled astronomical clock returns in former beauty
Prague's fabled astronomical clock is returning to the Czech capital's picturesque Old Town Square after a complex repair operation restored the medieval landmark to its former glory.The 608-year-old clock, a must-see for many tourists with its hourly moving display of the 12 apostles and other figures, was removed in January ...
Pakistanis in China seek answers about detained Uighur wives
Two Pakistani men went to their embassy in Beijing on Wednesday to lobby for help in reuniting with their wives, who they say are ethnic Uighurs blocked from leaving China, in an example of how a sweeping crackdown has spilled across China's borders."I am very, very unhappy," said Mirza Imran ...
Small question, big consequences: Is N. Korea a nuke power?
As Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un stand on the brink of a widely expected Summit No. 2 to unstick deadlocked nuclear diplomacy, a crucial but often overlooked question looms: Is North Korea actually a nuclear power?Kim and his well-amplified propaganda specialists certainly say it is. And most casual observers, ...
Special throne for Japan’s next emperor arrives in Tokyo
The special imperial throne to be used for the coronation of Japan's new emperor has arrived in Tokyo from an ancient imperial palace in Kyoto more than a year ahead of time.This April 17, 2018, photo shows Takamikura throne, left, and Michodai, a curtained platform, placed at the Kyoto Imperial ...
South Asia opposition candidates win on anti-China message
Three Muslim-majority South Asian countries have elected leaders who campaigned on a promise to temper Beijing's growing influence, but analysts say reducing China's foothold won't be easy because of the billions of dollars spent and invested already.The surprising elections in recent months of nonagenarian Mahathir Mohamad in Malaysia, cricketer Imran ...
Asian markets rally ahead of expected US Fed rate hike
Asian markets rose on Wednesday as traders awaited a third interest rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve for this year.KEEPING SCORE: Japan's Nikkei 225 rose 0.4 percent to 24,033.79. Hong Kong's Hang Seng index, which reopened after a holiday, jumped 1.7 percent to 27,968.13. The Shanghai Composite Index added ...
Asian lender says trade wars adding to risks for region
The Asian Development Bank has slightly downgraded its growth forecasts in its latest outlook report for the region, citing the fallout from trade tensions, rising debt and the potential impact from tightening of credit in the U.S.The Manila, Philippines-based ADB said Wednesday that it expects regional economic growth to remain ...
Pompeo Slams EU Plan to Help Companies Skirt US Sanctions on Iran
Speaking to US advocacy group in New York, US secretary of state rakes EU plan to help companies make payments to Iran as disturbing, counterproductive
Pope Defends China Deal on Bishops, says He Will Have Final Say on Names
In first public comments on the deal signed in Beijing on Saturday, he said that while he realizes not everyone will understand the logic behind the agreement, he was confident in the 'great faith' of Chinese Catholics
Nations Rally Around Action to Improve UN Peacekeeping
Conflicts have changed over time, and peacekeeping operations are working to meet those challenges, cut their high casualty rates and improve performance
At UN, Congo’s Kabila Vows ‘Peaceful, Credible’ Elections
Outgoing president's announcement calmed tensions that have seen dozens of anti-Kabila demonstrators killed by security forces since he refused to step down when his constitutional mandate expired in December 2016
Mexican Marines Raid Acapulco Police Force on Suspected Crime Links
Two officers arrested and accused of homicide, weapons and equipment seized
US Intel Chief Warns China Perfecting ‘Surveillance State’
Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats says Beijing is using roundup of Uighurs to hone use of bio and data collection to control the population
UAE Minister: Iran Trying to Drive Wedge Between US, Europeans
Anwar Gargash warns European powers that it is offering Iran a glimmer of hope by trying to keep trade flowing, but that ultimately they would fall behind the US' tough approach on Tehran
Germany, Saudi Arabia Agree to Turn Page on Diplomatic Dispute
The spat began when Germany's foreign minister at the time, Sigmar Gabriel, condemned 'adventurism' in Middle East, comments that were perceived as attack on assertive Saudi policies
Guatemala’s President says UN Anti-graft Body is Threat to Peace
Jimmy Morales slams agency that has attempted to prosecute him during remarks at United Nations General Assembly meeting Tuesday