Exxon Mobil, U.S. Justice Department reaches settlement over 2013 Texas refinery fire

The U.S. Justice Department and Exxon Mobil Corp have reached a settlement resolving Clean Air Act violations stemming from a 2013 fire at the company’s Beaumont, Texas, refinery that killed two employees and injured 10 others, the department said on Wednesday. Under the consent decree, the company must pay a $616,000 civil penalty, hire a… Read More Exxon Mobil, U.S. Justice Department reaches settlement over 2013 Texas refinery fire

Germany sets tougher security criteria for suppliers of telecoms network equipment

Germany set tougher criteria on Thursday for vendors supplying telecoms network equipment, stopping short of singling out China’s Huawei Technologies for special treatment and instead saying the same rules should apply to all vendors. The announcement follows months of debate over whether to side with the United States and some allies in barring Huawei, the… Read More Germany sets tougher security criteria for suppliers of telecoms network equipment

Three dead, dozens injured following Islamic State attack on Shi’ite Muslim gathering in Afghan capital of Kabul

Rockets fired at a gathering of the Shi’ite Muslim Hazara minority in the Afghan capital Kabul killed three people and wounded dozens on Thursday in an attack claimed by Islamic State. It was the first major attack in Kabul since January when a bomb-laden car exploded near a fortified compound and ended a period of… Read More Three dead, dozens injured following Islamic State attack on Shi’ite Muslim gathering in Afghan capital of Kabul

One dead, dozens injured as militants attack bus stand in northern India

A grenade explosion orchestrated by a Pakistan-based militant group at a bus stand in the Indian city of Jammu killed one person and wounded at least 32 on Thursday, police said. The blast came three weeks after an attack by another Pakistan-based group killed 40 Indian paramilitary police in Kashmir, escalating tensions between the nuclear-armed… Read More One dead, dozens injured as militants attack bus stand in northern India

French court convicts Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to act on sexual abuse allegations

A French court convicted the Roman Catholic archbishop of Lyon on Thursday of failing to act on historic allegations of sexual abuse of boy scouts in his diocese, handing Cardinal Philippe Barbarin a six-month suspended jail sentence. Barbarin is the highest-profile cleric to be caught up in the child sex abuse scandal inside the Catholic… Read More French court convicts Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to act on sexual abuse allegations