Pope sacks leadership of worldwide Catholic charity, names commissioner

Pope Francis on Tuesday fired the entire leadership of the Roman Catholic Church’s worldwide charity arm following accusations of bullying and humiliation of employees, and appointed a commissioner to run it. The surprise move involved the executives of Caritas Internationalis (CI), a Vatican-based confederation of 162 Catholic relief, development and social services organisations working in more 200 countries. The sackings of the executive level of … Continue reading Pope sacks leadership of worldwide Catholic charity, names commissioner

France in shock after murder of tax inspector

The French government on Tuesday expressed shock after a tax inspector was stabbed to death as he was trying to audit the books of a business owner in the north of the country. The murder victim, a 43-year old civil servant for the tax authorities, was found dead on Monday, killed “most likely by repeated stabbing”, the prosecutors’ office in the northern French city of … Continue reading France in shock after murder of tax inspector

China’s Guangzhou locks down millions in ‘zero-COVID’ fight

The southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou locked down its largest district Monday as it tries to tamp down a major COVID-19 outbreak, suspending public transit and requiring residents to present a negative test if they want to leave their homes. The outbreak is testing China’s attempt to bring a more targeted approach to its zero-COVID policies while facing multiple outbreaks driven by fast-spreading omicron variants. … Continue reading China’s Guangzhou locks down millions in ‘zero-COVID’ fight

Indonesia: Java quake kills 162 and injures hundreds

An earthquake on the main Indonesian island of Java has killed at least 162 people and injured hundreds, regional governor Ridwan Kamil has said. The 5.6 magnitude quake struck Cianjur town in West Java, at a shallow depth of 10km (six miles), according to US Geological Survey data. Scores of people were taken to hospital, with many treated outside. Rescuers were working into the night … Continue reading Indonesia: Java quake kills 162 and injures hundreds

Top Russian official warns of possible nuclear accident at Zaporizhzhia

The head of Russia’s state-run atomic energy agency, Rosatom, warned on Monday there was a risk of a nuclear accident at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, Europe’s largest, following renewed shelling over the weekend. Moscow and Kyiv have traded accusations of shelling the facility for months since Russian forces took control of it in March, shortly after invading Ukraine. Renewed shelling on Sunday triggered fresh … Continue reading Top Russian official warns of possible nuclear accident at Zaporizhzhia

Saudi Arabia executes 12 people with swords even after Crown Prince’s promise to cut back

Saudi Arabia has executed 12 people in 10 days despite the Crown Prince‘s promise to cut down on such form of punishment, according to a human rights organisation. Reprieve said the defendants, all males, were sentenced to death after being imprisoned for non-violent drug offences. According to the non-profit organisation, which gathered data on this week’s executions, most of the defendants were beheaded with a … Continue reading Saudi Arabia executes 12 people with swords even after Crown Prince’s promise to cut back

North Korea test launches ballistic missile capable of striking anywhere in US

North Korea test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) capable of carrying a nuclear warhead with a range that could strike anywhere across the U.S.’s mainland, defense officials said Friday.  The missile landed 130 miles off the coast of Japan, and the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said it was in close communication with Japanese and South Korean officials. The U.S. command immediately condemned Pyongyang’s missile launched and called … Continue reading North Korea test launches ballistic missile capable of striking anywhere in US

5 Aircraft Carriers Set to Operate Together in Europe for NATO Exercise

U.S. aircraft carriers USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) and USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) will exercise with aircraft carriers from France, Italy and the United Kingdom as part of a joint operation across Europe meant to show NATO interoperability, the Pentagon announced Thursday. The two American carrier strike groups, their embarked air wings and escorts will be operating in the North Atlantic Ocean, North Sea … Continue reading 5 Aircraft Carriers Set to Operate Together in Europe for NATO Exercise

2 Russians, Ukrainian get life for downing 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight, killing 298 aboard

A Dutch court on Thursday sentenced three men to life in prison for the murder of 298 people that were killed after a missile downed a Malaysian Airlines flight over eastern Ukraine in 2014. The court also found that a Russian missile was responsible for the strike.  “The court is of the opinion that MH17 was brought down by the firing of a BUK missile … Continue reading 2 Russians, Ukrainian get life for downing 2014 Malaysia Airlines flight, killing 298 aboard

Zelenskiy Softens Stance on Rocket Origin After Biden Comment

Ukraine’s president appeared to soften his insistence that it was only a Russian missile that caused a lethal blast in Poland this week and said a team would investigate after US President Joe Biden disputed the claim. Volodymyr Zelenskiy said his military officials had told him that images of the crater at the blast site suggested it couldn’t have been caused solely by the remnants … Continue reading Zelenskiy Softens Stance on Rocket Origin After Biden Comment

Spacey Faces New Sex Assault Charges in UK

The authorities in Britain have authorized seven new criminal charges against the actor Kevin Spacey, including three counts of sexual assault, the country’s Crown Prosecution Service announced in a news release on Wednesday. Rosemary Ainslie, who leads the service’s special crime division, said in the news release that all the charges involved the same complainant and concerned incidents that were alleged to have occurred between … Continue reading Spacey Faces New Sex Assault Charges in UK

Butchered bodies wash ashore Acapulco

The butchered remains of three people washed ashore in Acapulco, Mexico, over the weekend — shocking beachgoers at the once-thriving holiday hotspot. Gruesome photos show a body lying face-up on sun-soaked Condesa beach as tourists gawk and families wade in the water nearby. The corpses all showed signs of torture, the Sun reported. Authorities removed the bodies, believed to be victims of brutal cartel violence, … Continue reading Butchered bodies wash ashore Acapulco

NATO chief says Poland blast likely caused by Ukrainian missile — but not Ukraine’s fault

NATO said there was no indication that the missile strike that hit a Polish border village on Tuesday night was deliberate, saying that Russia was ultimately to blame as it continues to bombard Ukraine with missiles. The military alliance’s secretary-general, Jens Stoltenberg, said the missile incident took place “as Russia launched a massive wave of rocket attacks across Ukraine.” While the investigation was ongoing into … Continue reading NATO chief says Poland blast likely caused by Ukrainian missile — but not Ukraine’s fault

Residents ‘revolt’ over oppressive Covid lockdowns in China’s Guangzhou

Residents under Covid lockdown in China’s southern manufacturing hub of Guangzhou have torn down barriers meant to confine them to their homes, taking to the streets in defiance of strictly enforced local orders, according to video and images circulating on social media. Some of the images show large crowds cheering and surging across toppled barriers and filling streets after dark in the city’s Haizhu district, … Continue reading Residents ‘revolt’ over oppressive Covid lockdowns in China’s Guangzhou

There are now 8 billion people on Earth, according to a new U.N. report

People around the world are living longer and having fewer children. Those are just a few of the trends the United Nations described in a report on the world’s population. As the global population has now surpassed 8 billion people. While the average life expectancy is projected to rise from 72.98 in 2019 to 77.2 in 2050, the rate of growth will continue to slow … Continue reading There are now 8 billion people on Earth, according to a new U.N. report

Jihadists execute 26 women for being witches

Boko Haram militants have slaughtered a group of women in Nigeria they deemed “witches”. Last week, around 40 women were held in a village near Gwoza town in Borno State on the orders of jihadist commander Ali Guyile whose children suddenly died overnight. Relatives, residents and a woman who escaped told AFP that the commander had accused the women of causing the children’s deaths through … Continue reading Jihadists execute 26 women for being witches

Russian missiles strike Kyiv, mayor says

Russian missiles rained down on Kyiv on Tuesday, striking at least three residential buildings while several others were shot down by Ukraine’s air defense, Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko wrote in a Telegram post. The strikes come on the back of Ukraine’s triumphant recapture of the city of Kherson, a major setback for Moscow, and as world leaders gathered in Indonesia for the G20 summit. “Medics … Continue reading Russian missiles strike Kyiv, mayor says