China comes out ahead in Vatican deal: analysts The landmark deal between China and the Vatican is a win for Beijing, giving official recognition to bishops appointed by the government despite a crackdown on religion, and potentially softening the ground for full diplomatic relations after 67 years of estrangement, analysts said. The two sides signed a provisional agreement on Saturday on who gets to name senior churchmen, an issue that has bedevilled ties for decades, and China quickly said it hoped for an improvement in relations. With its outsized international influence, the Vatican is the most important of Taiwan's 17 remaining friends, and its only European partner.
Supreme Court nominee assault storm fans #MeToo flames When US President Donald Trump demanded to know why his Supreme Court nominee's sexual assault accuser did not come forward sooner, he sought to cast doubt over her claims. If her story were true, Christine Blasey Ford would have spoken out back in the 1980s, when she says Brett Kavanaugh pinned her down and muffled her cries as he tried to pull off her clothes at a high school party. According to Department of Justice figures from 2016, 77.1 percent of people claiming to be victims of sexual assault did not report the matter to the police.
Indonesian teenager survives for 49 days adrift at sea in a flimsy hut In a tale of extraordinary human survival, an Indonesian teenager has managed to keep himself alive for 49 days while floating adrift in a flimsy hut for thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean. Aldi Novel Adilang, 19, was working lonely shifts as a lamp keeper for a floating fish trap, 80 miles off the coast of Indonesia‚Äôs North Sulawesi in July when strong winds broke the mooring and pushed him far out to sea.¬† He was eventually rescued in late August by a ship sailing under a Panama flag that picked him up in the waters near Guam and then dropped him off in Japan, reported the Jakarta Post.¬† Mr Aldi, who was finally reunited with his family in early September, had struggled to keep his spirits up when 10¬†passing ships failed to spot his plight, revealed an Indonesian consular official in the southern Japanese city of Osaka. ‚ÄúAldi said he had been scared and often cried when adrift. Every time he saw a large ship, he said he was hopeful, but more than ten ships had passed him, none of them stopped,‚ÄĚ said Fajar Firdaus, a diplomat.¬† Mr Aldi‚Äôs ordeal finally ended on August 31¬† Credit: Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka¬†/Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka¬† Mirza Nurhidayat, the Indonesian consul general in Osaka, explained that Mr Aldi‚Äôs hut, known as a Rompong, did not have a paddle or an engine.¬† After his meagre food supplies ran out, he had to catch fish and drink sea water to survive. ‚ÄúAfter he ran out of cooking gas, he burned the rompong‚Äôs wooden fences to make fire for cooking. He drank by sipping water from his clothes,‚ÄĚ he said.¬† Pacific Ocean fish trap rescue map Mr Aldi‚Äôs ordeal finally ended on August 31 when he saw the tanker ‚ÄėArpeggio‚Äô sailing nearby. After failing to attract attention by waving a cloth, he switched his radio to an emergency frequency and the ship‚Äôs captain picked it up.¬† The rescue was complicated by high waves and crew members threw a rope to help him as the ship circled his tiny craft. In desperation, Mr Aldi jumped into the water to reach it and was eventually pulled to safety.¬† Mr Aldi's ordeal has highlighted the perils faced by lamp keepers who take on the isolated job of looking after fish traps Credit: Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka¬† The captain contacted the coastguard of Guam, a tiny US territory, but was told to carry on his planned route to Japan, where Mr Aldi could be helped by his embassy.¬† Although his journey had a happy ending and Mr Aldi is now in good health, his story has also highlighted the perils faced by lamp keepers who take on the isolated job of looking after fish traps.¬† Mr Aldi's journey had a happy ending and he is now in good health Credit: Indonesian Consulate General, Osaka¬† Mr Aldi had been contracted to light lamps around the Rompong to attract and trap fish, and only had a walkie-talkie for company.¬† His only contact with another human being was once a week when someone would come to harvest the caught fish and give him a fresh batch of food, fuel and water.¬† ¬†
China's Catholic Church pledges loyalty to Party after Vatican deal China's Catholic Church reaffirmed its loyalty to the country's ruling Communist Party on Sunday, while welcoming a landmark deal struck with the Vatican on appointing new bishops. The Vatican on Saturday signed an agreement giving it a long-desired and decisive say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled it a sellout to the government. China's around 12 million Catholics have been split between an underground Church swearing loyalty to the Vatican and the state-supervised Catholic Patriotic Association.
AstraZeneca diabetes drug cuts heart risks in major study Diabetics are at increased risk of heart problems, making the cardiovascular (CV) profile of medicines to treat the condition an important focus for doctors and patients. In the 17,000-patient trial known as Declare, patients on Farxiga achieved a statistically significant and clinically important reduction in hospitalization for heart failure or CV death compared with those on placebo, the company said on Monday. There were also fewer major adverse cardiovascular events, although in this case the difference did not reach statistical significance.
Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault charge Cody Wilson, 30, flew to Taiwan after learning he was under investigation, police said, and was picked up by Taiwanese authorities on Friday after his U.S. passport was annulled. Wilson's attorney, Samy Khalil, said in a statement late on Sunday: "We are glad that Cody is back in Texas again where we can work with him on his case. As the founder of Defense Distributed, Wilson became a notable figure in the U.S. debate over guns after the company posted on the internet the blueprints for plastic guns that can be made with a 3-D printer.
Japan's Hayabusa2 successfully deploys two rovers on the surface of an asteroid It's just like the movie Armageddon, but without the apocalypse scenario. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has reason to celebrate after successfully deploying a pair of robots on the surface of an asteroid. The mission, which played out on Friday, aims to gather photos and data from the asteroid called Ryugu. SEE ALSO: Astronaut captures photos of ominous-looking Hurricane Florence from space The mission's success ‚ÄĒ marking the end of a four-year journey ‚ÄĒ was confirmed in a tweet on Saturday from JAXA's account for the Hayabusa2 asteroid explorer. We are sorry we have kept you waiting! MINERVA-II1 consists of two rovers, 1a & 1b. Both rovers are confirmed to have landed on the surface of Ryugu. They are in good condition and have transmitted photos & data. We also confirmed they are moving on the surface. #asteroidlanding ‚ÄĒ HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 A flood of imagery followed as the two hopping rovers ‚ÄĒ yes, they get around by hopping ‚ÄĒ set about their important task.¬† This is a picture from MINERVA-II1. The color photo was captured by Rover-1A on September 21 around 13:08 JST, immediately after separation from the spacecraft. Hayabusa2 is top and Ryugu's surface is below. The image is blurred because the rover is spinning. #asteroidlanding pic.twitter.com/CeeI5ZjgmM ‚ÄĒ HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 Photo taken by Rover-1B on Sept 21 at ~13:07 JST. It was captured just after separation from the spacecraft. Ryugu's surface is in the lower right. The misty top left region is due to the reflection of sunlight. 1B seems to rotate slowly after separation, minimising image blur. pic.twitter.com/P71gsC9VNI ‚ÄĒ HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 This dynamic photo was captured by Rover-1A on September 22 at around 11:44 JST. It was taken on Ryugu's surface during a hop. The left-half is the surface of Ryugu, while the white region on the right is due to sunlight. (Hayabusa2 Project) pic.twitter.com/IQLsFd4gJu ‚ÄĒ HAYABUSA2@JAXA (@haya2e_jaxa) September 22, 2018 You can keep up with the status of Hayabusa2's mission on JAXA's English-language website right here. There's also a post from JAXA discussing the mission here. As JAXA notes, MINERVA-II1 "is the world‚Äôs first rover (mobile exploration robot) to land on the surface of an asteroid. This is also the first time for autonomous movement and picture capture on an asteroid surface." WATCH: Elon Musk just unveiled images of SpaceX's ship that he hopes will be key to bringing people to Mars
Seven soldiers killed in militant clashes in NW Pakistan Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in an exchange of fire with militants in the country's northwest near the Afghan border on Saturday, the military said. The militants had infiltrated from across the Afghan border, and an officer was among the Pakistani soldiers killed, according to a statement issued by the military. Nine militants were also killed in the exchange of fire, it said.