Pope Francis canonizes British cardinal John Henry Newman, four others

Pope Francis on Sunday declared five people saints, including Cardinal John Henry Newman, a leading 19th century Anglican who converted to Catholicism and became one of the most influential Christian figures of modern times. Underscoring Newman’s luminary status in Christianity today, Prince Charles, who will become head of the Church of England when he becomes… Read More Pope Francis canonizes British cardinal John Henry Newman, four others

Troops, rescue workers sent to rescue residents as Tokyo typhoon death toll rises

Japan sent tens of thousands of troops and rescue workers on Sunday to save stranded residents and fight floods caused by one of the worst typhoons to hit the country in recent history, which killed 23 people and briefly paralyzed Tokyo. There were also 16 people missing, public broadcaster NHK said, as Typhoon Hagibis left… Read More Troops, rescue workers sent to rescue residents as Tokyo typhoon death toll rises

Uber to acquire Chilean grocery provider Cornershop in venture to expand food delivery services

Uber Technologies Inc said on Friday it would buy a majority stake in Chilean online grocery provider Cornershop as the ride hailing company seeks to widen its fast-growing food delivery app to include groceries and other goods. The deal for an undisclosed sum, which follows Uber’s disappointing IPO in May, would see it expand Santiago-based… Read More Uber to acquire Chilean grocery provider Cornershop in venture to expand food delivery services

California bans manufacture and sale of fur products from 2023

California will ban the manufacture and sale of new animal fur products from 2023 after Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law on Saturday. It is first state-wide fur ban in the nation, and had been sought by animal rights advocates. Newsom called the ban “one of the strongest animal rights laws in U.S.… Read More California bans manufacture and sale of fur products from 2023

Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge becomes first ever to complete marathon under two hours

Kenyan Eliud Kipchoge made athletics history on Saturday when he became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours, stretching the limits of human endeavor and passing a milestone few thought could be reached for decades if at all. Guided by green laser beams shone onto the road and helped by 41… Read More Kenyan athlete Eliud Kipchoge becomes first ever to complete marathon under two hours

Two killed, rivers flooded as fierce typhoon hits Tokyo

One of the most powerful typhoons to ever hit Tokyo paralyzed the Japanese capital on Saturday, leaving millions confined indoors and streets deserted as fierce rain and wind killed two, flooded rivers and threatened widespread damage. A 50-year-old man was killed near Tokyo early on Saturday in a car overturned by punishing winds, while another… Read More Two killed, rivers flooded as fierce typhoon hits Tokyo

One dead, thousands flee as wildfire sweeps through northern Los Angeles

A fierce, wind-driven wildfire swept through foothills and canyons along the northern edge of Los Angeles on Friday, engulfing homes, closing roads and devouring acres of dry brush and chaparral as 100,000 residents were forced to flee. At least one death was attributed to the fire, a man who authorities said suffered a heart attack… Read More One dead, thousands flee as wildfire sweeps through northern Los Angeles

Major financial companies quit Facebook cryptocurrency project

Facebook Inc’s ambitious efforts to establish a global digital currency called Libra suffered severe setbacks on Friday, as major payment companies including Mastercard and Visa Inc quit the group behind the project. The two companies announced they would leave the association on Friday afternoon, as did EBay Inc, Stripe Inc. and Latin American payments company… Read More Major financial companies quit Facebook cryptocurrency project