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China liked Pope’s recent overture, Beijing bishop to visit Hong Kong

Hong Kong's Archbishop Stephen Chow gestures during a meeting with the media, two days before he is due to be made a cardinal by Pope Francis, at the Vatican, on 28th September, 2023

Vatican CityReuters The overture Pope Francis made to China earlier this month while he was in Mongolia was “well received” by Beijing’s communist government, which has given a mainland bishop permission to visit Hong Kong, the Archbishop of Hong Kong said on Thursday. Archbishop Stephen Chow, who will be made a cardinal on Saturday, also […]

Indian protesters try to storm home of Manipur chief minister

Riot police officers fire tear smoke shells to disperse demonstrators protesting against the arrest of five people, who police said were carrying weapons while wearing camouflage uniform, in Imphal, Manipur, India, on 18th September, 2023

Guwahati/New Delhi, IndiaReuters At least 10 people were injured on Thursday when Indian security officials used tear gas and batons to disperse protesters trying to storm the home of the chief minister of Manipur state, defying a curfew, a senior police officer said. Another police official said the situation was “extremely tense” after armed mobs […]

US soldier Travis King undergoes medical evaluation after North Korea release

U.S. Army soldier Travis King appears in this unknown location, undated photo obtained by REUTERS

Washington DC, USReuters US Army Private Travis King arrived at a US military hospital in Texas on Thursday where he will undergo medical evaluations, including for his mental health, following his expulsion from North Korea a day earlier, the Pentagon said. King, 23, was held in North Korea for over two months after his surprise […]

Karabakh Armenians dissolve breakaway government in capitulation to Azerbaijan

Armenian law enforcement officers stand guard at a checkpoint as refugees flee Nagorno-Karabakh region and arrive in the border village of Kornidzor, Armenia, on 27th September, 2023

Goris, Armenia Reuters Ethnic Armenians in Nagorno-Karabakh said on Thursday they were dissolving the breakaway statelet they had defended for three decades, where more than half the population has fled since Azerbaijan launched a lightning offensive last week. In a statement, they said their self-declared Republic of Artsakh would “cease to exist” by 1st January, […]

Conquistador statue reinstallation in US state of New Mexico stopped after protests

Protesters are reflected on a window as they stand next to a concrete platform where authorities had planned to reinstall a statue of Spanish conquistador Juan de Onate but postponed the event after demonstrators occupied the platform, at the Rio Arriba County Complex in Espanola, New Mexico, US, on 27th September, 2023

Espanola, New Mexico, USReuters A New Mexico county halted the reinstallation of a 16th-century Spanish conquistador statue on Wednesday after protests over the return of the bronze figure, removed three years ago during nationwide anti-racism demonstrations. The northern county of Rio Arriba postponed a Thursday reinstatement ceremony after activists occupied a concrete pedestal in the […]

US AME Bishop Silvester Beaman named chair of White House council on African engagement

Bishop Silvester Scott Beaman.

United StatesRNS An African Methodist Episcopal bishop has been appointed chair of the new White House council that aims to increase dialogue between US officials and African, Caribbean and African American communities. Bishop Silvester Scott Beaman of Delaware was named the leader of the President’s Advisory Council on African Diaspora Engagement in the United States, […]

El Salvador police report says crackdown leaves 43,000 tied to gangs still free

Policemen prepare for an anti-gang patrol following a year-long state of emergency against gangs, in Soyapango, El Salvador, on 24th March, 2023.

San Salvador, El SalvadorReuters A confidential intelligence document from El Salvador’s National Civil Police shows that after a year and a half of a gang crackdown, police believe nearly 43,000 people allegedly connected to gangs have yet to be detained.  The 19-page document, first reported by InSight Crime and independently obtained by Reuters and confirmed […]

Revised report on church sex abuse in US state of Maryland leaves five church leaders’ names still redacted

Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown comments about releasing the redacted report on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore on 6th April, 2023, in Baltimore.

Baltimore, USAP Maryland’s Attorney General released some previously redacted names in its staggering report on child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore on Tuesday, but the names of five Catholic Church leaders remained redacted amid ongoing appeals, prompting criticism of the church by victims’ advocates. While the names of the high-ranking church leaders already have been […]

Buenos Aires central square becomes night-time soup kitchen as poverty hits 40 per cent

Demonstrators camp outside the Casa Rosada Presidential Palace, as unemployed and informal workers protest to demand more subsidies from the national government, at Plaza de Mayo in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 19th April, 2023

Buenos Aires, ArgentinaReuters Argentina’s historic Plaza de Mayo square in the centre of Buenos Aires, where crowds often gather to celebrate or protest, has become the scene for a regular silent nighttime vigil: growing numbers of people in poverty looking for a hot meal. The South American country is battling annual inflation of 124 per […]