Pope Francis celebrates a Mass to mark the closing of a Jubilee year for the 800th anniversary of the official foundation of the Dominican Order in Saint John Basilica in Rome

Pope Francis says ‘wait and see’ on Trump

MADRID (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Sunday said he would not make an opinion of Donald Trump until he first had a chance to see specific policies the new U.S. president would implement. On Friday, as Trump was taking office, Francis had urged him to be guided by ethical values, saying he must take care … Continue reading “Pope Francis says ‘wait and see’ on Trump”

Chinese tourists in South Korea and Taiwan

Playing politics? Chinese tourism under scrutiny as Lunar New Year nears

By Brenda Goh and Muyu Xu SHANGHAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – With 6 million Chinese tourists expected to travel abroad over the Lunar New Year break, China’s Jan. 27 to Feb. 2 holiday is crucial for tour agency operator Li Chi-yueh, who relies on mainland visitors for a third of his revenue. But Li’s hopes are not … Continue reading “Playing politics? Chinese tourism under scrutiny as Lunar New Year nears”

FILE PHOTO: China's Liaoning aircraft carrier with accompanying fleet conducts a drill in an area of South China Sea

China party paper says no ‘provocation’ can stop its military drills

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s military will carry out drills regardless of foreign provocations and pressure, the Communist Party’s paper said on Sunday, adding that exercises far out at sea like those conducted recently by its sole aircraft carrier will become normal. China caused unease among some countries in the region last month when the carrier … Continue reading “China party paper says no ‘provocation’ can stop its military drills”

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