Vatican visit puts Macron’s religious views in spotlight

PARIS: As a schoolboy, Emmanuel Macron decided he wanted to be baptised as a Catholic, despite his parents’ misgivings. It was “the start of a mystical period that lasted for a few years,” the French president told an interviewer during campaigning in 2017. By his mid-teens, he had distanced himself from the church, however, and […]

Mumbai has the become the largest Indian city to ban single-use plastics, with residents caught using plastic bags, cups or bottles to face penalties of up to 25,000 rupees (£276) and three months in jail from Monday. : worldnews

This is the best tl;dr I could make, original reduced by 75%. (I’m a bot) Mumbai has the become the largest Indian city to ban single-use plastics, with residents caught using plastic bags, cups or bottles to face penalties of up to 25,000 rupees and three months in jail from Monday. Council inspectors in navy […]

China Blocks HBO Website After John Oliver’s Jokes About Xi Jinping

HONG KONG — Days after the comedian John Oliver mocked China’s president, Xi Jinping, on his HBO program, the authorities in that country now appear to have blocked internet users from gaining access to the network’s online content. The HBO website has been inaccessible to mainland Chinese internet users since Saturday, according to GreatFire.org, an […]

Outside EU, France to launch crisis force with Britain, others

LUXEMBOURG: France will launch a military force with other countries including Britain outside the framework of the European Union on Monday, as Paris tries to keep London close to European defences after Brexit. After months of negotiations with Germany, which France also wants at the centre of the force, the so-called European Intervention Initiative aims […]

Teen Thai Football Team Trapped In Cave Since Saturday

Bangkok:  A search is underway to rescue 12 teenage football players and their coach who are believed to be trapped in a cave in Thailand, authorities said on Monday. Investigators believe the 13 people, hailing from Chiang Rai, crawled into the Tham Luang Nang Non Cave through a narrow 15-metre long channel. Rising waters then […]