Pope Francis sought Saturday to console the long-suffering people of South Sudan as he opened his first full day in a country beset by conflict, poverty and humanitarian crises, encouraging priests and nuns to serve their flocks by joining in their tears. After arriving in the world’s newest country on the first-ever papal visit Friday, Francis was spending Saturday ministering first to church personnel and then to South Sudanese who have been forced by fighting, flooding and other crises to leave their homes. Francis was highlighting in particular the plight of South Sudanese women, half of whom are married before age 18, are subject to rampant sexual violence and then face the world’s highest maternal mortality rate.
Japan's government will begin restricting exports of advanced semiconductor manufacturing equipment to China in Spring after it amends a foreign exchange law to allow the change, Kyodo News reported on Saturday. The new regulation will not mention China specifically in a bid to reduce the risk of retaliation by Beijing, the report said, without saying where it obtained the information. Japan and the Netherlands have agreed to join the United States in halting shipments of semiconductor manufacturing equipment produced by the likes of Nikon Corp and ASML Holdings in a bid to stop China developing and advanced chips that could be used to enhance its military power, sources told Reuters, confirming earlier media reports.
The United States warned Turkey in recent days about the export to Russia of chemicals, microchips and other products that can be used in Moscow's war effort in Ukraine, and it could move to enforce existing bans, according to a senior U.S. official. Brian Nelson, the U.S. Treasury Department's top sanctions official, visited Turkish government and private sector officials on Thursday and Friday to urge more cooperation in disrupting the flow of such goods.
Feb. 4—The bitterly cold conditions that have descended on Maine over the past 24 hours had been looming for days before the City of Portland announced plans for a temporary warming center. We're relieved that this and other emergency centers came into being, most of them "low barrier" in nature, with few or no preventative terms or conditions on access. Frostbite has been treated in Maine ...
Feb. 4—As Annemarie Albiston walked down a trail toward the new clubhouse on the Adaptive Outdoor Education Center's Brunswick campus, her eyes welled with tears. The wait to see Maine Cabin Masters' finished project had been long, but worth it. "All I could think of is that it's another experience for the population we adore and love working with. There are no barriers to get to it," said ...
The former City defender may follow the path of other new signings by starting among the substitutes.
Here's a look at Feb. 3 high school power rankings for Fall River high school basketball teams
Here's a look at Feb. 3 high school power rankings for Greater Taunton area high school hockey teams.
Standing on the steps of Goodwood House, the Duke of Richmond is photographed amidst a circle of poodles in anticipation of this year's 'Goodwoof' event.
Keylor Navas has lifted more European trophies than his new club Nottingham Forest, and his arrival this week stunned football fans around the world.
Americans born in the postwar boom are entering their golden years. Despite the financial success of their careers, a disturbing number aren’t prepared for the financial challenges ahead.
Each month we will be shining a light on different dog breeds in our series, Dog Breed of the Month. Next up, we look at the kind and patient Saint Bernards.
Everything you need to know ahead of the opening weekend of the Six Nations
Evacuations were ordered near a railroad crossing in a small eastern Ohio town Friday night after a train derailed and there was a fire, officials said.
The summit of Mount Washington, New Hampshire, dropped to a mark that is likely the lowest wind chill ever recorded in the United States.
France are looking for just their second back-to-back Grand Slam in the tournament's history, after the inaugural success of 1997 and 1998. France ended 2022 unbeaten, winning a record 10 consecutive matches, and are currently on a 13-match winning streak.
England have the perfect opportunity to get their new era under coach Steve Borthwick off to an uplifting start when they host Scotland on Saturday, the first match of a Six Nations draw that has fallen perfectly to begin the revival.
Lancashire Police revealed in a press conference on Friday afternoon that they believe the 45-year-old fell into the river
Northeasterners hunkering down in their homes amid this weekend's dangerously cold forecast can look forward to the 30s and 40s on Sunday
Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith have both been named in England's starting XV for their Six Nations opener against Scotland in the Calcutta Cup at Twickenham on Saturday.