KAUNAS, Lithuania | Pope warns Lithuanians to guard against anti-Semitism

KAUNAS, Lithuania  — Pope Francis warned Sunday against any rebirth of the “pernicious” anti-Semitic attitudes that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance for Lithuania’s centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly wiped out during World War II. Francis began his second day in the Baltics in Lithuania’s second city, Kaunas, where an estimated … Continue reading KAUNAS, Lithuania | Pope warns Lithuanians to guard against anti-Semitism

BERLIN | Get out the needle: Tattoo artists show off their skills

BERLIN — Tattoo fans around the world may be wondering just where their favorite artists are. Wonder no longer: Tattoo experts from 22 countries are showing off their skills at a convention in the Swiss lakeside city of Montreux. The Montreux Tattoo Convention, which opened on Friday and ends Sunday, features some 160 artists along … Continue reading BERLIN | Get out the needle: Tattoo artists show off their skills

KAUNAS, Lithuania | The Latest: Pope warns Lithuanians about anti-Semitism

KAUNAS, Lithuania — The Latest on Pope Francis‘ trip to the three Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia (all times local): 11:15 a.m. Pope Francis is warning against a rebirth of the “pernicious” anti-Semitic sentiments that fueled the Holocaust as he marked the annual remembrance for Lithuania’s centuries-old Jewish community that was nearly extinguished … Continue reading KAUNAS, Lithuania | The Latest: Pope warns Lithuanians about anti-Semitism

BERLIN | Germany’s Porsche says it won’t produce new diesel models

BERLIN — Porsche’s chief executive says the sports car maker won’t produce any new diesel models in the wake of parent company Volkswagen‘s diesel emissions scandal. CEO Oliver Blume told Sunday’s Bild am Sonntag newspaper that, although Porsche itself never developed and produced diesel engines, its image has suffered from the scandal that erupted in … Continue reading BERLIN | Germany’s Porsche says it won’t produce new diesel models

JERUSALEM | Israel gives West Bank village Oct. 1 demolition deadline

JERUSALEM— The Israeli military has informed residents of a West Bank hamlet that they have until Oct. 1 to leave before their homes face demolition. Israel says Khan al-Ahmar, an encampment of corrugated shacks outside an Israeli settlement, was illegally built and has offered to resettle residents a few miles away. But Palestinians and other … Continue reading JERUSALEM | Israel gives West Bank village Oct. 1 demolition deadline

KAUNAS, Lithuania | Pope honors victims of Soviet and Nazi crimes in Baltics

KAUNAS, Lithuania— Pope Francis paid tribute Sunday to Lithuanians who suffered and died during Soviet and Nazi occupations on the day the country remembers the near-extermination of its centuries-old Jewish community during the Holocaust. Francis began his second day in the Baltics in Lithuania’s second city, Kaunas, where an estimated 3,000 Jews survived out of … Continue reading KAUNAS, Lithuania | Pope honors victims of Soviet and Nazi crimes in Baltics

TEHRAN, Iran | Iran’s president blames US after attack on military parade

TEHRAN, Iran  — Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf was behind an attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded around 70. Rouhani did not identify those behind Saturday’s attack, which was claimed by an Arab separatist group. He could have been referring … Continue reading TEHRAN, Iran | Iran’s president blames US after attack on military parade

BERLIN | German government seeks to end standoff over spy chief

BERLIN— The leaders of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition are trying to resolve a standoff over the future of the country’s domestic intelligence chief and stabilize their six-month-old alliance. A deal last week to remove Hans-Georg Maassen as head of the BfV spy agency but give him a new job as a deputy interior … Continue reading BERLIN | German government seeks to end standoff over spy chief