BEIJING | Bishop reported missing amid Beijing-Vatican reconciliation

BEIJING  — A bishop who has resisted demands to join China’s Communist Party-controlled church body has been taken into custody, a Catholic news service reported, despite recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation. Asia News reported that Peter Shao Zhumin dropped out of sight several days ago, but gave no details other … Continue reading BEIJING | Bishop reported missing amid Beijing-Vatican reconciliation

WASHINGTON | Dem power players want Pelosi but centrists push back

WASHINGTON — If it was up to most of the Democratic Party, Nancy Pelosi would be the obvious choice to become speaker of the House. But within the ranks of the chamber’s Democratic majority, there’s a small but persistent group pushing to topple her return as the first woman with the gavel. Pelosi appears be … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Dem power players want Pelosi but centrists push back

SYDNEY | Japanese PM Abe lays wreath in Australia city bombed in WWII

SYDNEY — Shinzo Abe has become the first prime minister of Japan to visit Darwin since the northern Australian city was bombed by Japanese forces in World War II. He arrived for his one-day visit Friday afternoon and immediately went to lay a wreath at the city’s main war memorial, alongside his Australian counterpart Scott … Continue reading SYDNEY | Japanese PM Abe lays wreath in Australia city bombed in WWII

VERSAILLES, France | Take a weight off: ‘Grand K’ kilo being retired

VERSAILLES, France  — Humankind is about to sever one of the links between its present and its past. The so-called “Grand K” kilogram, a cylinder of polished platinum-iridium alloy that has been the world’s sole true kilo since 1889, is to be retired. Nations gathered in Versailles, west of Paris, are expected on Friday to … Continue reading VERSAILLES, France | Take a weight off: ‘Grand K’ kilo being retired

HARARE, Zimbabwe | More than 40 killed in bus accident in Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe— Police in Zimbabwe say more than 40 people have been killed in a bus accident. Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba says at least 20 more were injured, some with severe burns, in the accident on Thursday night. Charamba says she does not have details about the cause of the accident. Photos posted on Twitter … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | More than 40 killed in bus accident in Zimbabwe

WASHINGTON | Ready to fight? 2020 Democrats frame the race on their terms

WASHINGTON — Speaking before a gathering of black leaders on Capitol Hill this week, Sen. Kamala Harris offered guidance on when Democrats should fight President Donald Trump and Republicans. “What I’ve found myself recently saying is this: ‘If it’s worth fighting for, it’s a fight worth having,’” the California Democrat and potential presidential candidate said, … Continue reading WASHINGTON | Ready to fight? 2020 Democrats frame the race on their terms

WASHINGTON | US court filing hints at charges for WikiLeaks founder

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department inadvertently named Julian Assange in a court filing in an unrelated case, suggesting prosecutors have charged the WikiLeaks founder under seal. Assange’s name appears twice in an August court filing from a federal prosecutor in Virginia, who was attempting to keep sealed a separate case involving a man accused of … Continue reading WASHINGTON | US court filing hints at charges for WikiLeaks founder