Exclusive: Vatican and China in final push for elusive deal on bishops
By Lisa Jucca and Benjamin Kang Lim ROME/HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - Representatives from the Vatican and China are expected to meet before the end of the month in Rome in an effort to finalize a deal on the ordination of bishops on the mainland, a move aimed at ending a longstanding dispute, according to Catholic Church sources familiar with the negotiations. The Church sources also told Reuters that China is preparing to ordain at least two new bishops before the end of the year and these appointments would have the blessing of the Vatican. A person with ties to the leadership in Beijing confirmed that these ordinations would go ahead.
Turkish Red Crescent says sending aid for 10,000 to Iraq's MosulBy Ercan Gurses and Tuvan Gumrukcu ANKARA (Reuters) - The Turkish Red Crescent is sending trucks of aid to northern Iraq with enough food and humanitarian supplies for 10,000 people displaced by fighting in Mosul, the president of the agency said on Friday. Iraqi and Kurdish forces have seized territory around Mosul in recent days in preparation for a long-anticipated offensive on the last major stronghold held by Islamic State in Iraq. "In the first stage, we are sending this aid to the nearly 30 villages around Mosul that have been liberated.
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Sweden's Ericsson posts Q3 loss, cites worsening industry
Swedish mobile networks company Ericsson said Friday that the decline across the industry has accelerated, contributing to a third-quarter loss for the company of 233 million kroner ($26.3 million). The ...
Truce holds in Aleppo but UN delays evacuations
The UN said Friday that security concerns had forced it to delay planned evacuations from Syria's Aleppo, despite a truce that was largely holding for a second day in the ravaged city. The unilateral "humanitarian pause" in the Syrian government's Russia-backed assault on the opposition-held east of the city was intended to allow civilians and rebels to leave.
General Electric profit falls 20% on weak oil earnings
Indian bank authorities say 3.2 million debit cards hackedNEW DELHI (AP) ? Indian banks are scrambling to contain the damage after more than 3.2 million debit cards may have been hacked.
IS attacks Iraq city of Kirkuk, power plant amid Mosul fight
KIRKUK, Iraq (AP) ? Islamic State militants armed with assault rifles and explosives attacked targets in and around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk early Friday, in an assault that appeared aimed at diverting Iraqi security forces from a massive offensive against the IS-held city of Mosul.
The Latest: Iraqis clear bombs, face snipers east of Mosul
IRBIL, Iraq (AP) ? The Latest on the developments in Iraq where Iraqi forces and their allies launched a major offensive this week to retake Mosul, the country's second-largest city from the Islamic State group (all times local):
Russians seek answers to central Moscow GPS anomalyMOSCOW (AP) ? Joggers, taxi drivers, players of Pokemon Go and senior Russian officials are seeking answers as to why mobile phone apps that use GPS are malfunctioning in central Moscow.