MALE, Maldives |Maldives’ top court dismisses outgoing president’s petition

MALE, Maldives— The Maldives’ top court on Sunday dismissed the outgoing president’s petition seeking an annulment of last month’s presidential election result. The five-member Supreme Court ruled that the election was conducted within the law. No other details were immediately known. The Election Commission had declared opposition alliance candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih the winner of … Continue reading MALE, Maldives |Maldives’ top court dismisses outgoing president’s petition

VATICAN CITY | Young Catholics urge Vatican to issue inclusive LGBT message

VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops are entering the final week of debate over hot-button issues facing young Catholics, including how the church should welcome gays and respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal that has discredited many in the church hierarchy. The monthlong synod of bishops ends next Saturday with the adoption by the 260-plus … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Young Catholics urge Vatican to issue inclusive LGBT message

MOSCOW | Russians denounce Trump’s intended nuke treaty withdrawal

MOSCOW — A top Russian diplomat says President Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw from a landmark treaty on nuclear weapons is a perilous move. A Russian senator in turn said the U.S. leaving the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty would seriously undermine nuclear non-proliferation efforts. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as telling state … Continue reading MOSCOW | Russians denounce Trump’s intended nuke treaty withdrawal

JOHANNESBURG | Congo rebels kill 13, abduct kids in Ebola outbreak region

JOHANNESBURG— Congolese rebels killed 13 civilians and abducted a dozen children in an attack at the center of the latest deadly Ebola outbreak, Congo’s military said Sunday, as the violence threatened to again force the suspension of crucial virus containment efforts. The Allied Democratic Forces rebels attacked Congolese army positions and several neighborhoods of Beni … Continue reading JOHANNESBURG | Congo rebels kill 13, abduct kids in Ebola outbreak region

LONDON  | Scottish leader pulls out of media event featuring Bannon

LONDON  — Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has pulled out of an Edinburgh conference because former White House strategist Steve Bannon is scheduled to speak at the event. Sturgeon said she believes “passionately in free speech” but declares she “would not be part of any process that risks legitimizing or normalizing far-right, racist views.” Bannon … Continue reading LONDON  | Scottish leader pulls out of media event featuring Bannon

BEIJING | Eastern China coal mine accident kills 2, leaves 20 trapped

BEIJING— Two people died and 20 were trapped in a coal mine in eastern China on Sunday after a rock burst destroyed part of a mining tunnel, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The spontaneous fracturing of rock — a kind of earthquake induced by excavation — took place around 11 p.m. Saturday in Shandong … Continue reading BEIJING | Eastern China coal mine accident kills 2, leaves 20 trapped

WARSAW, Poland | Local vote in Poland tests support for ruling conservatives

WARSAW, Poland— Polish voters were casting ballots in local elections Sunday that were the first nationwide test of support for the conservative ruling party, whose policies have produced street protests and repeated clashes with European Union leaders. The election is for offices from city mayors to village councilors. The ruling right-wing Law and Justice party … Continue reading WARSAW, Poland | Local vote in Poland tests support for ruling conservatives