Pope urges Chinese Catholics to trust, reconcile after deal

Europe 09/26/18, 04:53

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

Europe 09/26/18, 04:30

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

Europe 09/26/18, 04:21

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

Europe 09/26/18, 04:11

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

Europe 09/26/18, 04:11

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

World 09/26/18, 04:11

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?

World 09/26/18, 04:10

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

World 09/26/18, 03:10

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

World 09/26/18, 03:05

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

Asia & Pacific 09/26/18, 02:51

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

Asia & Pacific 09/25/18, 22:17

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 ...