Call the exorcist: pope tells priests to consult experts in casting out demons
“Pope Francis has advised priests who hear troubled confessions from parishioners to not hesitate to call on the services of an exorcist.
A good confessor has to be very discerning, particularly when he has to deal with “real spiritual disorders”, the 80-year-old pontiff told priests at a Vatican training seminar on the art of hearing believers recount their sins…” (The Guardian)
Basque separatist group Eta announces plan to lay down all weapons
“Six years after renouncing violence in its long and bloody pursuit of a Basque homeland, the militant separatist group Eta has announced it will lay down all arms by early next month…” (The Guardian)
Secret Service Agent’s Laptop Stolen From Car in New York City
“A U.S. Secret Service agent has had a laptop stolen from her car in New York City.
The Secret Service said Friday that the laptop contains “multiple layers of security,” including disk encryption, and doesn’t carry classified information. The agency wouldn’t comment further…” (Time)
President Trump Is Blaming North Korea for ‘Behaving Very Badly’
“President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Friday morning to criticize North Korea during a moment of heightened tensions between the two countries, accusing the hermit kingdom and nuclear power of “playing” the United States…” (Time)
60% of engineering graduates unemployed
“NEW DELHI: More than 60% of the eight lakh engineers graduating from technical institutions across the country every year remain unemployed, according to the All India Council for Technical Education…” (The Times of India)
China to ‘authorise’ Pakistan to build missiles, tanks, FC-1 Xiaolong combat aircraft
“NEW DELHI: Beijing was furious with India last year for launching Agni V, but now it plans to build ballistic, cruise, anti-aircraft and anti-ship missiles with “all-weather friend” Pakistan, China’s state-run media reported…” (The Times of India)
Germany vows legal action if Trump taxes imports
“Germany could take the United States to court if Washington goes ahead with plans to tax imports, Economy Minister Brigitte Zypries said Friday, hours before Chancellor Angela Merkel’s first meeting with Donald Trump…” (The Local)
How Merkel will try and win over Trump in Washington
“On her first face-to-face meet with Donald Trump at the White House this Friday, Angela Merkel will seek to talk the President’s language, argues Jörg Luyken…” (The Local)
‘No strategic patience for NK anymore’
“U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson declared an end to the Barack Obama administration’s policy of strategic patience in dealing with North Korea, Friday, vowing to explore all options including harsher sanctions and military action…” (The Korea Times)
Killer whale mother and calf sighted off east coast
“A killer whale mother and calf were seen in Korea’s East Sea, the National Institute of Fisheries Science (NIFS) said Friday.
The whales were observed near Uljin, North Gyeongsang Province, Wednesday, according to the institute…” (The Korea Times)
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