Kim Jong Un’s sister has warned the US to scrap future military exercises with South Korea if “it wants a good night’s sleep for the next four years”. It comes as US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin arrived in Asia to talk to allies Japan and South Korea about North Korea and other regional issues.
The Catholic Church can’t bless same-sex unions, the Vatican said Monday, saying it is “not licit” to bless relationships that involve sexual activity outside of marriage. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued the ruling in response to a question about whether the church has the “power to give the blessing to unions of persons of the same sex.”
Children as young as 11 are being beheaded in Mozambique as part of an Islamist insurgency that has killed thousands and forced many more from their homes. Save the Children said it had spoken to displaced families who described “horrifying scenes” of murder. Mozambique’s northern-most province of Cabo Delgado has since 2017 been home to a festering insurgency, linked to Islamic State (Isis), that has escalated dramatically in the past year.
Fragments of a Biblical scroll and other relics have been found in what officials call a “historic discovery” in desert caves in Israel. The dozens of pieces of parchment were written in Greek, with just the name of God appearing in Hebrew. The scroll is believed to have belonged to Jewish rebels who fled to the hills following a failed revolt against Roman rule in the 2nd Century.
Britain’s Prince Philip, the 99-year-old husband of Queen Elizabeth, left a London hospital on Tuesday after a four-week stay for treatment for an infection and to have a heart procedure. The queen, 94, has remained at Windsor Castle where the couple have been staying during the coronavirus pandemic, and has continued to carry out her official duties by video.