Chile names Santiago archbishop as suspect in sex abuse cover-up

Archbishop of Santiago, Ricardo Ezzati has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to cooperate with the authorities. (Source: Reuters) The Chilean public prosecutor’s office has summoned the archbishop of Santiago to testify in an investigation into the alleged cover-up of child sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church, the archbishopric said on Tuesday. The Santiago archbishopric said in a statement […]

World News Wrap | Wildfires kill at least 74 in Greece’s ‘Pompeii’

Wildfires kill at least 74 in Greece’s ‘Pompeii’ At least 74 people were killed in wildfires in the coastal town of Mati in Athens on Tuesday. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras described the event as an “unspeakable tragedy” and expressed his condolences to the kin of deceased. The toll is expected to rise. Hundreds missing in Laos after collapse of […]

United Nations to support French-Russian aid in Syria after initial denial

Pro-government forces retook the eastern Ghouta region from rebels in April after besieging the region for years and launching a brutal bombing campaign with their Russian allies. (Source: REUTERS/File) The United Nations’ Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Syria said on Tuesday it was ready to provide support to a Franco-Russian initiative to deliver medical aid to […]

US state lawmaker who dropped his pants and shouted racial slurs on ‘Who is America?’ resigns

Screengrab from episode showing Jason Spencer (left) with Sacha Baron Cohen (right) Related News The state lawmaker who exposed himself and yelled racial slurs on provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen’s new cable TV series will resign, according to a spokesman for Georgia House Speaker David Ralston. Rep. Jason Spencer will step down at the end of the month, spokesman Kaleb McMichen […]

N.Korea’s Kim Jong Un says soldiers’ diets should be improved

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un (Reuters) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said the country should feed its soldiers better, according to state media KCNA on Wednesday, after a defected North Korean soldier’s health last year highlighted nutrition problems in the isolated state. On a visit to a military rations factory, Kim said it should produce tasty and nutritious […]

Donald Trump downbeat ahead of trade talks with EU

Trump has accused the EU of unfair trade practices and has threatened to raise tariffs on cars imported from the bloc. (Source: AP) US President Donald Trump took a pessimistic view of talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker set for Wednesday aimed at averting a trade war. In a tweet on Tuesday night, Trump said both the United States […]

Dozens feared dead, rescuers search for missing after Laos dam collapse in Thailand

Villagers evacuate after the Xepian-Xe Nam Noy hydropower dam collapsed in Attapeu province, Laos (Reuters) Rescuers searched in difficult conditions on Wednesday for dozens of people feared dead and hundreds missing after a dam collapsed in a remote part of land-locked Laos, one of Asia’s poorest countries, a government official said. State media showed pictures of villagers, some with young […]