The Vatican and China said they had signed a “provisional agreement” over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades and aggravated a split among Chinese Catholics. The deal resolved one of the major sticking points in recent years, with the Vatican agreeing to accept seven bishops who were previously named by Beijing without the pope’s consent.
Iran’s president on Sunday accused an unnamed U.S.-allied country in the Persian Gulf of being behind a terror attack on a military parade that killed 25 people and wounded 60 on Saturday, further raising regional tensions. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley rebuked comments from Iranian President Hassan Rouhani saying, ‘The Iranian people are protesting, he needs to look at his own home base.’
Twelve crew members of a Swiss commercial ship, MV Glarus, with 19 crew on board, have been taken hostage by pirates who attacked the vessel as it sailed off the coast of Nigeria. The ship was boarded by pirates when it was around 45 nautical miles south-west of Bonny Island. The MV Glarus was carrying wheat between Lagos and the southern Niger Delta oil hub of Port Harcourt.
$200 billion of Chinese products will be subject to increased tariffs by the US from 12:00 p.m. Beijing time on Monday. Products facing levies is almost half the value of imports from China last year. Meanwhile, $60 billion of goods from the U.S. will become subject to Chinese higher tariffs around the same time. About 70 percent of the value of goods China bought from America in 2017 face tariffs.
Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, who is facing heavy scrutiny after Dr. Christine Blasey Ford accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, has been accused by another woman, Deborah Ramirez, of sexual misconduct. In a statement, Kavanaugh wrote, ‘This alleged event from 35 years ago did not happen. I look forward to testifying on Thursday about the truth and defending my good name.’