Africa

Mandela remains in hospital, condition unchanged

Nelson Mandela remains hospitalized in a critical but stable condition, the office of South Africa's president said Saturday.   Several news organizations, including CNN and the BBC, reported that former South African president Nelson Mandela had been released from the hospital, prompting a statement from President Jacob Zuma to clarify that Mandela remained in a […]

Religion

Pope taps Vatican diplomat to be his top aide

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday tapped a veteran diplomat as the Vatican's No. 2 to replace the Holy See's secretary of state, who in recent years increasingly became a divisive figure in the church's hierarchy.   The Vatican announced that Archbishop Pietro Parolin, 58, an Italian a former deputy foreign minister at […]

North America

Massive California wildfire is still ‘very active’

A massive California wildfire that began two weeks ago is still raging, affecting firefighters, residents and tourists in the area.   "Despite firefighters' efforts, the remote Rim Fire burning near and in Yosemite National Park continues to be very active," the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection said in a statement Saturday morning. "Overnight, […]

Nigeria News

PLEASE, LET’S PRAY FOR AMAECHI . . . as Rivers’ political crisis continues to defy solution

I am sure that many watchers of political events in Rivers State would not have imagined that the political crisis rocking that state could last this long, especially against the backdrop that members of the clergy, traditional rulers, civil society, opinion leaders, to mention a few, have made frantic efforts as they know how to […]

North America

N.C. School Shooting: 1 injured after shots fired at a Winston-Salem high school; student in custody

CBS/AP) WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Authorities say there has been a shooting at a high school in Winston-Salem, N.C. and that a student is in custody, CBS affiliate WFMY reports.   Winston-Salem-Forsyth County Schools spokesman Theo Helm said Friday afternoon that the shooting occurred at Carver High School, which is on the city's northeast side.   […]

Celebrity

Lamar Odom arrested for DUI

Los Angeles: Khloe Kardashian`s husband Lamar Odom has been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.     Odom, 33, who has been accused of cheating on his socialite wife, was pulled over by the California Highway Patrol not for speeding but rather for going too slow on 50 MPH, reported Ace […]