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Big Brussels climate march marks COP24 start

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 10:44

Tens of thousands of marchers took to the streets of Brussels on Sunday to mark the start of the UN climate summit in Poland. Speaking through a blow-horn, activist Evert Nicolai of Oxfam Action urged leaders to do what was needed towards fighting climate change. The march, dubbed Claim The Climate, ended with speeches and performances at the Parc Cinquantenaire that overlooks the European Union institutions.

Man drops engagement ring down drain moments after proposing in New York's Times Square

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 10:15

Police in New York City are searching for a man and woman who lost an engagement ring down a drain during a proposal that took a disastrous turn. The couple's engagement was caught on camera after the man got down on one knee in Times Square on Friday evening. According to the New York City Police Department (NYPD), the woman said yes.

Pope Francis says being gay is a 'fashion' to which the clergy is susceptible

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 09:48

Pope Francis is "concerned" about what he described as the "serious issue" of homosexuality, saying in an interview published Saturday that being gay was a "fashion" to which the clergy is susceptible. "The issue of homosexuality is a very serious issue that must be adequately discerned from the beginning with the candidates," the pontiff said with regards to would-be priests. "In our societies it even seems that homosexuality is fashionable and that mentality, in some way, also influences the life of the church," he says in the book 'The Strength of a Vocation', released in Italy on Saturday. "This is something I am concerned about, because perhaps at one time it did not receive much attention," he said in the book, a transcript of an interview which will be released in ten languages. The Roman Catholic Church's position is that homosexual acts are sinful and the pontiff's stance on homosexuality in the clergy is not new. Profile | Pope Francis A decree on training for Roman Catholic priests in 2016 stressed the obligation of sexual abstinence, as well as barring gays and those who support "gay culture" from holy orders. The barring of people who present homosexual tendencies was first stipulated by the Catholic Church in 2005. "It can happen that at the time perhaps they didn't exhibit [that tendency], but later on it comes out," Francis said. "In consecrated and priestly life, there's no room for that kind of affection. Therefore, the Church recommends that people with that kind of ingrained tendency should not be accepted into the ministry or consecrated life. "The ministry or the consecrated life is not his place," the Argentine added. Gay clergy were urged to be "impeccably responsible" in a warning over bad behaviour that was notable for its silence on heterosexual clergy who break their vow of celibacy.

Airstrike kills 10 civilians in eastern Afghanistan

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 09:26

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — At least ten civilians were killed following an airstrike in the eastern Paktia province bordering Pakistan, Afghan officials said Sunday.

Scott Stearney, Top U.S. Naval Commander In Middle East, Found Dead In Bahrain

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 08:25

Vice-admiral Scott Stearney, the head of U.S. Navy operations in the Middle

Rep. Schiff: Cohen revelations 'deeply compromising' for Trump and our country

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 06:41

The incoming chair of the House Intelligence Committee responds to a significant week of revelations from the investigations into President Trump.

Kate O’Beirne, Christ, and the Catholic Church

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 06:30

On Thursday night at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., Mary Rice Hasson hosted the inaugural Kate O’Beirne Event, in honor of our late National Review and National Review Institute colleague. The event was entitled “The Future of the Church: Synod, Scandal, and Solace,” sponsored by the Catholic Women’s Forum, a program of the Ethics and Public Policy Center. There’s so much I can and want to say about Kate O’Beirne, but I hope these brief remarks help us all a little.

California wildfire survivors face new challenge: rebuilding

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 06:16

At least 88 people were killed in the Camp Fire and nearly 200 others are still listed as missing, making the wildfire the deadliest in state history. Christopher Gregg, whose home in Paradise was a total loss, said he's not getting answers to the question of when he will be compensated by his insurance company. Insurance teams began gathering in Chico in the early days of the fire that erupted on Nov. 8 and rapidly engulfed Paradise about 20 minutes away and surrounding communities.

US and China agree to pause trade war after G20 meeting between Trump and Xi Jinping

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 05:28

Donald Trump and Xi Jinping have agreed to pause a long-running trade war between the US and China, in a deal that will provide relief to global markets. As part of the deal, Mr Trump agreed to pause plans to raise tariffs on $200bn-worth of Chinese goods. China, in response, will buy a “not yet agreed upon, but very substantial amount” of agricultural, energy and industrial goods from the US, according to the White House.

Is America's Harpoon Missile Hopelessly Obsolete?

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 05:00

Washington should fight smarter not harder.

Donald Trump, Xi Jinping Agree To Trade Truce At G-20 Summit

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 03:49

U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese leader Xi Jinping have pressed pause

15 Items To Shop Now During Lord & Taylor’s Friends & Family Sale

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 00:05

To keep the shopping momentum going strong Lord & Taylor is having one of its

Mexican city shuts down migrant shelter near US border

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 20:48

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The city government of Tijuana announced Saturday that it has closed down a migrant shelter at a sports complex close to the U.S. border that once held about 6,000 Central Americans who hope to get into the U.S.

Alarm sounded, nations urged to act at UN climate talks

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 20:36

With the direst warnings yet of impending environmental disaster still ringing in their ears, representatives from nearly 200 nations gather Sunday in Poland to firm up their plan to prevent catastrophic climate change. The UN climate summit comes at a crucial juncture in mankind's response to planetary warming. The smaller, poorer nations that will bare its devastating brunt are pushing for richer states to make good on the promises they made in the 2015 Paris agreement.

'I will never accept violence,' Macron says after Paris protests

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 20:02

French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday denounced protesters against him as chaos-seekers, as the growing demonstrations first triggered by planned fuel price hikes turned violent. "I will never accept violence," Macron told a news conference at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires amid the massive "yellow vest" demonstrations. Macron has tried to focus in Buenos Aires on global affairs, seeking to lead like-minded countries in taking action on challenges such as climate change in the face of resistance from US President Donald Trump.

Trump Refuses To Say Whether He Regrets Attacking The Bush Family

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 19:31

President Donald Trump refused to say whether he regretted any of his previous

Mattis reveals Russian government attempted to interfere in U.S. midterm elections

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 19:12

Defense Secretary James Mattis revealed that the Russian government attempted to interfere in the U.S. midterm elections last month during remarks at the Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley, CA.

Erdogan takes Saudi prince to task, demands extraditions

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 18:56

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Saturday that Saudi Arabia extradite suspects in the killing in Istanbul of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, taking to task the kingdom's crown prince who was basking in his quick return to the world stage at the G20. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's presence at the summit of the Group of 20 powers in Buenos Aires demonstrated he was firmly in control, as he met with Western leaders and sealed an oil pact with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Purify public life in Mexico, goal of Lopez Obrador's government

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 18:15

Mexico, Dec. 1 (Notimex).- President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador stressed that the goal of his government is to seek the purification of public life in Mexico and promised special attention to the indigenous peoples of the country, as he reiterated that for the wellness of everybody, first the poor. When he began his speech in the capital's Zócalo after receiving the baton of command of indigenous and Afro-Mexicans in the country, he pointed out that a modernity forged from below and for all is sought. "We are going to give special attention to the indigenous peoples, it is an ingnominia, a shame that the native peoples have lived for centuries under oppression and racism, with poverty and marginalization on their backs," he said. Lopez Obrador reaffirmed the commitment not to lie, steal and not betray the people of Mexico and make the fourth transformation of public life in the country a reality. NTX/JRD-MTG/4TAT/BBF

G20 agreement backs 'rules-based' order but bows to Trump on trade reforms

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 17:54

World leaders have signed off on an agreement which reaffirms a basic commitment by the world’s biggest economies to multilateral trade and a “rules-based international order”, but bows to US demands for urgent reform of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). Agreement on a joint communique was by no means guaranteed at the beginning of the summit, when US negotiators took hardline positions, rejecting any mention of multilateralism, the “rules-based order” or the role of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as a global safety net.