Pope Francis dismisses proposal to ordain married men

Pope Francis on Wednesday dismissed a proposal to allow some married men to be ordained in remote areas, reaffirming the Roman Catholic Church’s centuries-old commitment to celibacy among priests. The decision, one of the most significant of his papacy, appeared a victory for conservative senior clergy, who had feared a slippery slope towards a married… Read More Pope Francis dismisses proposal to ordain married men

U.S. adds fresh charges to its case against Huawei

The U.S. government on Thursday added fresh charges to its case against Chinese smartphone maker Huawei Technologies Co that has angered China and hurt U.S.-Chinese diplomatic relations. The superseding indictment, which was filed in the federal court in Brooklyn, New York, charges Huawei with conspiring to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)… Read More U.S. adds fresh charges to its case against Huawei

Samsung unveils foldable phone, 5G Galaxy S20 smartphones

Samsung Electronics on Tuesday unveiled a foldable smartphone shaped like a large makeup compact and put 5G mobile network capabilities into all of its other flagship devices as it strives to retain the mantle of biggest global phone company. Samsung’s second attempt at a folding phone after a delayed rollout last year comes as the… Read More Samsung unveils foldable phone, 5G Galaxy S20 smartphones

Eight dead, scores injured following ethnic clashes in Kazakhstan

Eight people were killed and scores wounded in a series of clashes overnight in villages in Kazakhstan’s southern Zhambyl province, with homes and businesses torched, the interior minister said on Saturday. Some 70 people were involved in the initial confrontation on the outskirts of Masanchi village, close to the border with Kyrgyzstan, Yerlan Turgumbayev told… Read More Eight dead, scores injured following ethnic clashes in Kazakhstan

French ice federation president resigns amid sexual abuse scandal

French ice sports federation president Didier Gailhaguet resigned from his position on Saturday amid the sexual abuse scandal in figure skating. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu on Monday asked Gailhaguet to resign after several figure skaters claimed they were raped or sexually assaulted when they were minors by former coaches. “I have taken with dignity,… Read More French ice federation president resigns amid sexual abuse scandal

Seventeen dead, several injured as soldier goes on shooting rampage at mall in Thailand

A Thai soldier killed at least 17 people and wounded more than 20 in a shooting rampage on Saturday in the city of Nakhon Ratchasima in the north east of Thailand and is still at large in a shopping mall, police said. Major shootings are rare in the Southeast Asian country other than in the… Read More Seventeen dead, several injured as soldier goes on shooting rampage at mall in Thailand

NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth following record space mission

American astronaut Christina Koch, who led the first all-female spacewalk in 2019, landed in Kazakhstan on Thursday after a record stay on the International Space Station, ending a 328-day mission expected to yield new insights into deep-space travel. Koch, a North Carolina-born engineer who joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013, set the record for the… Read More NASA astronaut Christina Koch returns to Earth following record space mission