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Catholic church to approve ordination of married men

Catholic bishops approved a proposal Saturday allowing some married men to be ordained as priests in the Amazon region. The proposal, which must be approved by Pope Francis, would be a historic change to the church’s centuries-old…

Texas shooting leaves 2 dead, 10 others injured

Two people were killed and at least 10 others injured in a shooting in Greenville, Texas, Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said. Authorities are looking for the gunman they say opened fire on the off-campus fraternity party from Texas…

California: 50,000 persons evacuated as wildfires rage

No fewer than 50,000 people have been ordered to flee their homes north of the US city of Los Angeles, California, as a fast-moving wildfire driven by high winds erupted and raged out of control. The so-called Tick Fire near Santa…

South Korea: Nine Boeing 737 planes grounded over cracks

South Korea’s transport ministry on Friday said nine Boeing Co 737 NG planes in the country had been grounded after checks found structural cracks requiring repairs. The suspension follows an order from the U.S. Federal Aviation…

Water outages may hit the Philippine capital – reports

Water outages may hit the Philippine capital again starting this week as supply in the main reservoir declined despite the rainy season. Manila Water Co. Inc., a unit of Ayala Corp., said it may cut water supply in Manila and nearby…

Northern Ireland legalizes abortion and gay marriage

Same-sex marriage and abortion became legal in Northern Ireland at the stroke of midnight Tuesday. Abortions and same-sex marriages are now — for the first time — legal in Northern Ireland. Legislation that the U.K.’s Parliament…

Civil rights leader, Elijah Cummings dies at age 68

Elijah Cummings, a towering figure on Capitol Hill who represented his home city of Baltimore in Congress for nearly a quarter-century, has died. The Democratic leader, who did not return to Capitol Hill this week following a medical…

Chile: Protests in Santiago over metro fare increase

A state of emergency has been declared in the Chilean capital, Santiago after protests sparked by increased metro ticket prices turned violent. Protesters – many of them high school and university students – jumped turnstiles, attacked…

Brexit: British parliament holds emergency sitting

The UK Parliament’s House of Commons will have an emergency sitting on Saturday to discuss the Brexit deal worked out by Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the European Union. On Thursday, London and Brussels finally reached a new…

European Union discuss $1.2trn post-brexit budget

European Union leaders will discuss a new budget plan on Friday that could allow the bloc to spend up to 1.1 trillion euros ($1.2 trillion) in the 2021-2027 period, but deep divisions among governments could block a deal for months.…

China’s securities regulator approves four new IPOs

China’s securities regulator on Friday approved the Initial Public Offering (IPO) applications of four companies. The China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), said in a statement that GRG Metrology/Test Ltd. Lihero Technology…

Britain and European Union finally agree on Brexit deal

The European Union and British negotiators have agreed on an outline Brexit deal – but it still needs to be backed by EU member states and by the respective parliaments. European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker tweeted “We have…

Tanzania: Heavy rain kills 11 including five students

At least 11 people, including five pupils, were on Tuesday killed by ongoing heavy rains in Tanzania’s Eastern Region of Morogoro, a senior police official said. The Morogoro Regional Commissioner, Wilbroad Mutafungwa, said the five…

Uganda: WHO to immunise 18 million kids

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says it is partnering with Uganda to immunise more than 18 million children against measles, rubella and polio. A statement made available by WHO Nigeria on Tuesday in Abuja said of the 18 million,…

Death toll in Japan’s Typhoon Hagibis hits 67

The death toll after powerful Typhoon Hagibis hit Japan last weekend has soared to 67, NHK TV channel reported on Tuesday. Most victims – 25 – have been reported in the northeastern Fukushima Prefecture. The entire death toll across…

Death toll in Japan’s typhoon Hagibis rises to 44

Typhoon Hagibis, which swept across central and eastern Japan on Saturday and Sunday, has claimed at 44 lives in Japan on Monday as search-and-rescue operations continued in flood-and landslide-hit areas of Nagano and other prefectures,…

United States to evacuate 1,000 troops from Syria

The United States says it is evacuating all its troops from northern Syria amid heavy clashes between Turkish-led forces and Kurdish fighters. U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on October 13 that Turkey “likely intends” to extend…

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