Teen among four arrested after explosives seized in French lab raid

Feb 10, 2017

Teen among four arrested after explosives seized in French lab raid

French counterterrorism forces arrested four people in southern France on Friday, including a 16-year-old girl, and uncovered a makeshift laboratory that held the explosive TATP and other basic ingredients for fabricating a bomb, the Paris prosecutor’s office said. The prosecutor’s office said around 70 ...

Feb 9, 2017

Indonesia military accepts Australian apology for insult

The Indonesian military says it has accepted an apology from Australia’s army chief over a purported insult to Indonesia’s state ideology that caused a spat between the two countries. An Indonesian military statement released late Wednesday after Australian army chief Lt. Gen. Angus Campbell ...

Feb 8, 2017

Iran 'thanks' Trump, rebuffs U.S. warning on missiles

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Tuesday dismissed the U.S. decision to put Iran “on notice” over its missile tests and called President Donald Trump the “real face” of American corruption. In his first speech since Trump’s inauguration, Iran’s supreme leader called Iranians to take part ...

China seeks to show pope, world its organ program reforms

Feb 7, 2017

China seeks to show pope, world its organ program reforms

China is stepping up its efforts to persuade the international medical community that it has stopped using executed prisoners as organ donors, sending a high-level delegation to a Vatican conference amid continued skepticism that the practice has ended. China’s former vice minister of health, ...

Feb 6, 2017

One in 14 Catholic priests accused of abuse in Australia

Seven percent of Catholic priests were accused of abusing children in Australia between 1950 and 2010 but the allegations were never investigated, “shocking and indefensible” data showed Monday during an inquiry into pedophilia in the church. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child ...

What the devil? Spaniards clang bells in religious festival

Feb 5, 2017

What the devil? Spaniards clang bells in religious festival

For two days in a tiny Spanish village, the devil ceases to be enemy number one for a few devout Catholics. Since medieval times, the 400 residents of Almonacid del Marquesado have celebrated the Endiablada (Brotherhood of the Devils) festival each Feb. 2 and ...