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  • ‘Colette,’ ‘Lizzie’ filter LGBT history through 19th century prism

    The LGBTQ experience is being contemplated through an intriguing filter — the social mores and homophobia that characterized the end of the 19th century — via a trio of independent films devoted to historical figures opening in a three-week span. Two of those movies deal with literary titans: “Colette,” an engrossing biography starring Keira Knightley as the author and fashion firebrand, who, after her marriage, began openly living with a woman; and “The Happy Prince,” with Rupert Everett as the […]

  • Japan successfully lands robot rovers on an asteroid’s surface

    The Japanese space agency JAXA said it made history Saturday by successfully landing two unmanned rovers on an asteroid. “The two rovers are in good condition and are transmitting images and data,” a JAXA statement said after the rovers separated from the Hayabusa2 spacecraft and landed on the asteroid Ryugu. The rovers are collectively known as MINERVA-II1. The space agency reported that MINERVA-II1 is the world’s first mobile exploration robot to land on the surface of an asteroid. “I felt […]

  • Centuries-old shipwreck found off Portugal’s coast

    Archeologists have found a centuries-old shipwreck off Portugal’s coast near Lisbon, a local mayor’s office said Saturday. Aboard the ship, thought to have sunk between 1575 and 1625, divers found spices, including pepper; Chinese ceramics from the period; and cowries, a type of shell used as currency for the slave trade in some parts of Africa at the time. The project’s science director, Jorge Freire, called it the “discovery of the decade.” “From a conservation perspective, both of the assets […]

  • Controversial high-speed rail station opens in Hong Kong

    It has been heralded as a vision of the future. A $10.75 billion infrastructure investment connecting Hong Kong with China’s high-speed rail network. The West Kowloon Station, which is set to open today, will serve as an underground terminus for an expected 80,100 passengers daily, with the rail link promising to cut the two-hour journey time between Hong Kong and the Chinese city of Guangzhou to a mere 47 minutes. But the glittering, wave-shaped development has proven to be controversial. […]

  • The silent Popes: Why Francis and Benedict won’t answer the accusations dividing their church

    [van id=”world/2018/09/17/pope-francis-chile-priest-gallagher-nr-vpx.cnn One rarely leaves his monastery high on a hill in Vatican City. The other speaks freely — too freely, critics say — but has vowed silence on this matter, for now. Two men, both clad in white, both called Holy Father, and now, both facing questions about a crucial facet of the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse crisis: What did they know, and when? Amid the onslaught of news about the scandal, it can be easy to overlook the […]

  • Sailor Abhilash Tomy severely injured on stricken yacht

    A multinational rescue effort is underway to try to reach an injured sailor whose yacht is disabled in the South Indian Ocean. Abhilash Tomy, a 39-year-old Indian naval commander, was competing in the 2018 Golden Globe Race — a nonstop, 30,000-mile solo yachting competition that bars the use of modern technology — when his boat hit a storm. Tomy’s 36-foot boat, Thuriya, was one of several hit by 80 mph winds and 46-foot seas midway across the South Indian Ocean […]

  • Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, hid memento of couple’s first date in wedding outfit

    The Duchess of Sussex has revealed she hid a romantic memento to the first date she had with Prince Harry as the “something blue” within her wedding outfit. The new royal shared details from her big day with British broadcaster ITV as part of a new two-part show honoring Queen Elizabeth II. In a sneak peak of “Queen of the World,” Meghan is seen reunited with her bridal outfit for the first time since she wed Prince Harry ahead of […]

  • Iran blames the US and Saudi Arabia for military parade attack

    Iran knows the “perpetrators” behind Saturday’s attack on a military parade in the southwestern city of Ahvaz and “will not leave the bloodshed unanswered,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday. “It is America who supports these little mercenary countries in the region. It is Americans who are provoking them. It is Americans who provide them with their required necessities to perpetrate such crimes,” Rouhani said in remarks published on his official website. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps accused Saudi Arabia […]

  • Tropical Storm Kirk gaining speed in Atlantic

    As forecasters warn of more dangerous floodingin the Carolinas from Hurricane Florence’s torrential rainfall, they’re also keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Kirk in the Atlantic. Kirk reached tropical storm-strength Saturday and is cruising west at about 18 mph, the National Hurricane Center said Sunday morning. The storm is located about 465 miles southwest of the Cabo Verde Islands and currently doesn’t pose a threat to land, according to the latest advisory. Kirk is packing 40 mph sustained winds and […]

  • Father, son accused of killing their neighbor over dispute about a box spring

    A father and son are facing murder charges after police say they shot and killed a neighbor in Abilene, Texas, over a dispute about a box spring — an incident the victim’s common-law wife caught on camera. According to police, on September 1, John Miller, 67, and his son Michael Miller, 31, got into a confrontation with their neighbor over a box spring mattress in a shared alleyway. The argument escalated, and both father and son discharged a handgun and […]

  • Maryland football player who died from heat stroke needed cold immersion therapy, report says

    More than an hour passed before a University of Maryland football trainer called 911 after a player, who later died, first showed symptoms of heatstroke, an independent report issued Friday says. Jordan McNair, a 19-year-old offensive lineman, died June 13, weeks after taking part in an offseason conditioning session at Maryland’s turf outdoor practice field in late May. The report, compiled by a sports medicine company, cites five issues with McNair’s treatment: • Failure to assess his vital signs, including […]

  • Dead fish scattered on the highway as floodwaters recede in North Carolina

    North Carolina fire crews hosing down Interstate 40 after floodwaters receded found a stunning discovery: Dead fish scattered across the highway. The flooding from the deadly Hurricane Florence pushed the fish from their natural habitat and stranded them on the interstate, the Penderlea Fire Department posted on Facebook on Saturday. “Well, we can add ‘washing fish off of the interstate’ to the long list of interesting things firefighters get to experience!” it said. At least 44 people have died since the hurricane slammed the […]