The part of the letter that was digitally blurred in a photo has the full explanation of why Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI refused to write a commentary on a new Vatican compilation of books about Pope Francis’ theology and philosophy.
Vladimir Putin’s victory in Russia’s presidential election Sunday isn’t in doubt. The only real question is whether voters will turn out in big enough numbers to hand him a convincing mandate for his fourth term — and many Russian workers are facing intense pressure to do so.
Wang Qishan is known as China’s “Mr. Fix-It,” a trustworthy official deployed to tackle the thorniest of crises — from crumbling banks to deadly illness to high-level corruption. Those who’ve met him describe him as bold and probing, a problem solver who enjoys philosophical debates and has a wicked sense of humor.
A Pakistani official says militants ambushed a seven-member medical team vaccinating against polio in a remote tribal region on the border with Afghanistan, killing two workers and seriously injuring another two.