Leopard on the loose: escaped big cat sparks fear in China

Agence France Presse 05/11/2021

SHANGHAI — A leopard remained at large in eastern China Monday after escaping from a safari park with two fellow big cats, sparking a frenzy among web-users who have shared pictures and video of the spotted felines…

Sicilian judge killed by mafia takes step to sainthood

Agence France Presse 05/10/2021

ROME — An Italian judge murdered by the mafia in Sicily takes a step towards sainthood Sunday, almost three decades after being declared a martyr by pope John Paul II. The beatification of Rosario Livatino will take…

Obamas’ dog Bo, a star of the White House, dies

Agence France Presse 05/09/2021

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama’s family dog Bo, who became a popular resident of the White House, died on Saturday from cancer, the former president said, remembering him as “a constant, gentle presence in our lives.” Obama had…

Pope Francis embarks on prayer ‘marathon’ against COVID-19

Agence France Presse 05/02/2021

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Saturday launched a month-long prayer marathon to hasten the end of the coronavirus pandemic with a prayer at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican before some 150 believers. The Argentinian pontiff…

Strong quake hits India’s Assam state

Agence France Presse 04/28/2021

NEW DELHI — A strong earthquake hit Assam in northeastern India early Wednesday, damaging buildings, but there were no immediate reports of casualties, residents said. The US Geological Survey said the quake was of magnitude 6.0 with…

WHO says Indian COVID variant found in at least 17 countries

Agence France Presse 04/28/2021

GENEVA — The World Health Organization said Tuesday that a variant of COVID-19 feared to be contributing to a surge in coronavirus cases in India has been found in over a dozen countries. The UN health agency said…

Apple moving forward on app privacy, despite pushback

Agence France Presse 04/26/2021

SAN FRANCISCO — An update to the software powering some billion iPhones around the world kicks in Monday with an enhanced privacy feature critics fear will roil the internet advertising world. Apple will begin requiring app makers…

Catholic priests in the Philippines turn TikTok into virtual pulpit

Agence France Presse 04/25/2021

6 million followers. As the coronavirus pandemic forced places of worship to close across the Catholic-majority country, tech-savvy priests like Fiel Pareja turned the popular video-sharing platform TikTok into a virtual pulpit to connect with young believers.…

Transgender icon Caitlyn Jenner to run for California governor

Agence France Presse 04/24/2021

LOS ANGELES –  Olympic champion and Kardashian clan member Caitlyn Jenner said Friday she has filed paperwork to run for governor of California, in a bid to become the first transgender American to win such a high-profile…

‘Joints for jabs’: free marijuana for vaccinated New Yorkers

Agence France Presse 04/21/2021

NEW YORK — New Yorkers who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 were able to get an unlikely freebie Tuesday: a marijuana joint. Activists celebrating the recent legalization of recreational pot in New York state handed out free…

Feline felon: White, fluffy drug smuggler caught in the act

Agence France Presse 04/18/2021

PANAMA CITY — Authorities in Panama on Friday intercepted an unlikely smuggler, a fluffy white cat, bearing an assortment of drugs in a pouch tied to its body as it tried to enter a prison. The feline…

China’s Coronavac 80% effective at preventing COVID-19 deaths: Chile results

Agence France Presse 04/17/2021

SANTIAGO, Chile  – China’s Coronavac vaccine was 67 percent effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 and 80 percent at preventing death, according to real-life results unveiled Friday from Chile’s inoculation campaign. “These figures should convey peace of mind…

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