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Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene

As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly next week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out misbehaving priests. The three-day assembly that starts Monday in Baltimore comes after a series of abuse scandals this year that have … Continue reading Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene

HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam frees popular blogger on condition she leave for US

HANOI, Vietnam— Vietnam has freed a well-known blogger after two years in prison on the condition that she leave for the United States. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, known as “Mother Mushroom,” was arrested in October 2016 and sentenced to 10 years in prison on charges of defaming the Communist government. The conviction of the popular … Continue reading HANOI, Vietnam | Vietnam frees popular blogger on condition she leave for US

PARIS | Macron ally heads France’s National Assembly amid probe

PARIS — French lawmakers have elected a close political ally of President Emmanuel Macron to head France’s lower house of Parliament. Richard Ferrand replaces Francois de Rugy as president of the National Assembly. Macron named Rugy as his environment minister last week. The 56-year-old Ferrand comfortably won Wednesday’s ballot by lawmakers, despite facing a judicial … Continue reading PARIS | Macron ally heads France’s National Assembly amid probe

PARIS | French president names 2 new ministers in mini-reshuffle

PARIS  — French President Emmanuel Macron picked a political ally and a former swimming world champion to plug two holes in his government left by the unexpected resignations of the environment and sports ministers. The presidential Elysee Palace announced the mini-reshuffle in a brief statement Tuesday. Francois de Rugy, president of the National Assembly, parliament’s … Continue reading PARIS | French president names 2 new ministers in mini-reshuffle

ISLAMABAD | New premier Imran Khan pledges to restore Pakistan’s economy

ISLAMABAD  — Prime Minister Imran Khan said in his first televised speech in office that Pakistan is in the worst economic condition it has seen and pledged to cut government spending, end corruption and repatriate public funds. A day after he was sworn in, Khan promised reforms across all fields. “I want to see Pakistan … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | New premier Imran Khan pledges to restore Pakistan’s economy

ISLAMABAD | Pakistan’s Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

ISLAMABAD  — Pakistan’s cricket star-turned-politician Imran Khan has been sworn in as prime minister after his party won the most votes in last month’s election despite protests by opposition parties, which accuse the security services of intervening on his behalf. Khan took the oath of office on Saturday, a day after being elected by a … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistan’s Imran Khan sworn in as prime minister

ISLAMABAD | Pakistani lawmakers elect Imran Khan as prime minister

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani lawmakers on Friday elected former cricket star and longtime politician Imran Khan as the country’s next prime minister, in a step toward the country’s third civilian transfer of power. In the vote at the National Assembly, Khan secured 176 votes, defeating the opposition’s candidate, Shahbaz Sharif of the Pakistan Muslim League party, … Continue reading ISLAMABAD | Pakistani lawmakers elect Imran Khan as prime minister

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia | Cambodia’s ruling party swept seats, official results show

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia  — Final results showed Cambodia’s ruling party swept elections last month for the National Assembly, ensuring long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen another term but reinforcing skepticism of the vote’s legitimacy. The National Election Committee confirmed Wednesday the Cambodian People’s Party won all 125 seats in the National Assembly in the July 29 … Continue reading PHNOM PENH, Cambodia | Cambodia’s ruling party swept seats, official results show