October 24th, 2020

World News

Vatican, China extend bishop agreement over US opposition

By Nicole Winfield And Christopher Bodeen, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican and China extended a controversial accord on bishop nominations Thursday over strong opposition from the White House and conservative Catholics. The Holy See and Beijing government jointly announced a two-year extension to the 2018 agreement, which expired Thursday. The Vatican defended the extension by saying the agreement was purely ecclesiastic ... Read More »

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By The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

AP-AS-CHINA-US-MEDIA China criticizes US media controls as ‘political oppression’ BEIJING (AP) – China’s government has demanded Washington stop “˜political oppression’ of Chinese media after more were required to register as foreign missions but gave no indication whether Beijing might retaliate. The latest order, which required Chinese newspapers and other outlets to register their employees in ... Read More »

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Mixed Philippine reaction on pope nod on gay civil unions

By The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis’ endorsement of same-sex civil unions drew mixed reactions Thursday in the Philippines, Asia’s bastion of Catholicism, with a retired bishop saying he was scandalized by it while an LGBT group welcomed the pontiff’s remarks with relief. President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman said the Philippine leader has long expressed support to same-sex ... Read More »

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Thailand cancels emergency decree in bid to calm protests

By Grant Peck, The Associated Press on October 22nd, 2020

BANGKOK – Thailand’s government on Thursday cancelled a state of emergency it had declared last week for Bangkok in a gesture offered by the embattled prime minister to cool massive student-led protests seeking democracy reforms. The decree had banned public gatherings of more than four people and allowed censorship of the media, among other provisions. ... Read More »

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Bad Bunny, Daddy Yankee top Billboard Latin Music Awards

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2020

SUNRISE, Fla. – Bad Bunny and Daddy Yankee triumphed at the Billboard Latin Music Awards Wednesday, claiming seven trophies apiece at the pandemic-delayed show. Bad Bunny won artist of the year, the night’s top honour, as well as top Latin album for “X 100PRE” and songwriter of the year. He did not attend the ceremony. ... Read More »

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The Latest: Sri Lanka orders more curfews over virus cluster

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2020

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – Authorities in Sri Lanka have closed the country’s main fish market and widened the curfew in many parts of the island nation following a surge of coronavirus infections related to a new cluster centred on a garment factory. The government imposed a curfew Thursday in parts of Colombo and some areas ... Read More »

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Trio who lived on space station return to Earth safely

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2020

MOSCOW – A trio of space travellers safely returned to Earth on Thursday after a six-month mission on the International Space Station. A Soyuz capsule carrying NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy, and Roscosmos’ Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner landed on the steppes of Kazakhstan southeast of the town of Dzhezkazgan at 7:54 a.m. Thursday. After a ... Read More »

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The Latest: S Korea cases jump week after restrictions eased

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2020

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea has 121 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus, its first triple-digit daily jump in a week amid concerns about the country easing social distancing restrictions just last week to cope with a weak economy. The Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency said Thursday that South Korea’s caseload is now ... Read More »

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The Latest: Mexico estimates its caseload above 1 million

By The Associated Press on October 21st, 2020

MEXICO CITY – Mexican health officials estimated Wednesday that the country has risen above 1 million coronavirus cases, though the figure includes both confirmed infections as well as suspected cases. Officials put the country’s apparent deaths from COVID-19 at 102,293, again including cases in which patients were not tested for the virus. The Health Department ... Read More »

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US officials link Iran to emails meant to intimidate voters

By Eric Tucker And Frank Bajak, The Associated Press on October 21st, 2020

WASHINGTON – Iran is responsible for emails sent to Democratic voters in multiple states aimed at intimidating the recipients into voting for President Donald Trump, U.S. officials said Wednesday night in calling out both Tehran and Russia for activities meant to interfere in the upcoming presidential election. The activities attributed to Iran mark a significant ... Read More »

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Remains found in search for 1921 Tulsa race massacre victims

By Ken Milller, The Associated Press on October 21st, 2020

OKLAHOMA CITY – At least 10 bodies were found Wednesday in an unmarked mass grave at a Tulsa cemetery where investigators are searching for the remains of victims of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, Oklahoma’s state archaeologist said. “What we were finding was an indication that we were inside a large area … a large ... Read More »

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