Belgian bishop declines cardinal’s honor for abuse record

ROME — One of the new cardinals proposed by Pope Francis, the retired bishop of Ghent, Belgium, has given up accepting the honor for his insufficient response to cases of clergy sex abuse, the Belgian bishops’ conference has said. . The Bishop of Ghent, Luc Van Looy, had asked Francis for permission to refuse the … Read more

UK approves extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to US

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange leaves Westminster Magistrates Court in London, Britain. Henry Nicholls | Reuters The UK has approved the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to the US, where he is wanted for publishing hundreds of thousands of classified military documents and diplomatic cables. The deportation was approved by UK Home Secretary Priti Patel … Read more

UN: Haitian police need immediate help amid escalating violence

PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti — A UN special envoy warned Thursday that Haitian police need immediate help to tackle crime and violence, noting that gangs have become so powerful they recently took over a palace of local justice. Helen La Lime, the top UN official in Haiti, said insecurity was rapidly deteriorating in the country … Read more

Kevin Spacey appears in UK court to face sexual assault charges

LONDON — Oscar-winning actor Kevin Spacey will appear in a London court on Thursday to face charges of sex offenses against three men. Photographers and TV cameras swarmed Spacey, 62, as he arrived at Westminster Magistrates Court in London for a preliminary hearing. The former ‘House of Cards’ star is charged with four counts of … Read more

California to pay $51 million for murders in veterans’ homes

YOUNVILLE, Calif. — California officials have agreed to pay $51 million to settle lawsuits against the state stemming from a shooting at a Northern California veterans’ home where a former patient fatally shot three female mental health workers, then himself. On March 9, 2018, 36-year-old Albert Wong took hostage three staff members of The Pathway … Read more

9 people arrested after assaulting women in northern China

HONG KONG- Chinese authorities have arrested nine people suspected of violently assaulting several women at a restaurant after surveillance footage of the attack sparked widespread outrage. Footage from a barbecue restaurant in Tangshan, northern Hebei province, time stamped at 2:40 a.m. on Friday, shows one of the men approaching a table where a group of … Read more

Egyptian court sentences man to death for killing Coptic priest

CAIRO — An Egyptian court sentenced a man to death on Saturday for the April stabbing death of a Coptic Christian priest in an attack that shocked the Arab world’s most populous nation. Nehru Tawfiq, 60, was convicted by Alexandria Criminal Court of murder for killing priest Arsanious Wadid, 56, and for unlawful possession of … Read more

Texas Massacre Boosts Oregon Gun Safety Ballot Initiative

SALEM, OR — When Raevahnna Richardson spotted a woman outside a library in Salem, Oregon, collecting signatures for a gun safety initiative, she walked over to her and added her name. “I signed it to keep our children safe, because something has to change. I have a child who is going to be in first … Read more

Arrest made in fatal shooting at graduation; 3 others wanted

NEW ORLEANS — Authorities have arrested one of four people wanted in the fatal shooting last month of a student’s grandmother outside a New Orleans high school graduation ceremony held at a local university . Brandon Rock, 18, made his first court appearance on Saturday. Jail records show he was arrested on Friday for manslaughter … Read more

Maryland shooting suspect charged, name released

A West Virginia man has been charged with the murder of three co-workers at a Maryland machine shop as well as attempted murder and other charges, authorities said Friday. The name of the suspected shooter, Joe Louis Esquivel, 23, of Hedgesville, West Virginia, was also released Friday by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Esquivel, who … Read more