Tag: World news

Alibaba developed Chinese Communist Party propaganda app that became China Apple Store hit: Report

The smash hit Chinese government propaganda app Xuexi Qiangguo, which translates to ‘Study to make China strong’, was developed by the technology firm Alibaba, reports Reuters today. Just last week, the propaganda app knocked Wechat and Tik Tok’s Chinese version Douyin off the “most popular app” pedestal in Apple’s China app store. Two people at […]

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The Latest: Cardinal calls McCarrick punishment ‘important’

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local): 12:20 a.m. The archbishop of Boston says the Vatican’s decision to defrock former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is an important step for “administering justice” for McCarrick’s crimes. Cardinal Sean O’Malley issued a statement Saturday after the announcement that […]

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McCarrick’s rise through church hierarchy began as altar boy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s rise through the Catholic Church hierarchy, during which he established a reputation as a globe-trotting human rights advocate before being brought down by sex abuse scandals, began as an altar boy in New York City. McCarrick, who recently became the highest-ranking cleric to be defrocked by the Vatican, […]

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Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick for sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate’s apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior. The announcement Saturday, delivered in uncharacteristically blunt language for the Vatican, meant that […]

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Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing confession and sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Holy See said Saturday. The punishment for the once-powerful prelate, who had served as the archbishop of Washington and had been […]

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Photos of the week: Feb. 9-16

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. “Space, Light and Sound” bathed the Washington National Cathedral in color Monday night. (Courtesy Washington National Cathedral/Danielle E. Thomas) The Associated Press contributed to this gallery. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow @WTOP on Twitter to engage in […]

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Photos of the week: Feb. 2-9

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. The dawn of a new era for WTOP on Feb. 3 — the station’s first morning broadcasting out of the new studio on 5425 Wisconsin Avenue. So far, so good. (WTOP/Alejandro Alvarez) The Associated Press contributed to this […]

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Photos of the week: Jan. 19-26

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. Former campaign adviser for President Donald Trump, Roger Stone leaves the federal courthouse following a hearing, Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Stone was arrested Friday in the special counsel’s Russia investigation and was charged with […]

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Microsoft confirms ‘Bing is currently inaccessible in China’

Bada bing, bada banned. China has blocked Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, tonight. Bing.com is not accessible inside China, per reports throughout the country. Microsoft says ‘we’ve confirmed that Bing is currently inaccessible in China and are engaged to determine next steps.’ The FT’s @YuanfenYang reports that Bing was blocked throughout China following a government order. […]

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Hacking concerns as Metro considers buying rail cars from China

WASHINGTON — The four U.S. senators who represent Maryland and Virginia are raising concerns that spies could potentially infiltrate Metro if the transit agency decides to buy rail cars from China. In a letter sent to Metro General Manager Paul Wiedefeld on Jan. 18, the senators noted that foreign governments often build transportation equipment for […]

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Photos of the week: Jan. 12-19

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. The first snowfall of the year arrived over the weekend, leaving the entire WTOP listening area coated in snow. Boulder Bridge above Rock Creek is seen in the snow. (WTOP/Dave Dildine) The Associated Press contributed to this report. […]

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Church envoy begs McCarrick to repent as abuse verdict nears

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The retired Vatican diplomat who accused Pope Francis of turning a blind eye to the alleged sexual misconduct of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is begging the American to publicly repent for his crimes for the good of the Catholic Church. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano wrote a letter to McCarrick that was […]

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McCarrick accuser cooperates with NYC prosecutors on abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The key accuser in the sex abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has met with New York City prosecutors, evidence that the scandal that has convulsed the papacy is now part of the broader U.S. law enforcement investigation into sex abuse and cover-up in the Catholic Church. James Grein gave testimony […]

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Photos of the week: Jan. 5-12

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. The 1793 harpsichord that George Washington acquired for his step-granddaughter was recently replicated and will be on display at George Washington’s Mount Vernon. (WTOP/Rachel Nania) The Associated Press contributed to this gallery. Like WTOP on Facebook and follow […]

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Wall debate obscures other struggles at the border

SAN DIEGO (AP) — In Washington, it’s all about the wall. At the border, it’s only part of the story. Border authorities are struggling with outdated facilities ill-equipped to handle the growing increase in family migrants, resulting in immigrants being released onto the streets every day. The immigration court system is so clogged that some […]

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Photos of the week: Dec. 29 – Jan. 5

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. Prince George’s County Fire and EMS spokesman Mark Brady said the crash happened near MD-450/Annapolis Road in the median. One person was critically injured Friday morning after a tractor trailer overturned. (Courtesy Maryland State Highway Administration) The Associated […]

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Inside China’s censorship factories, where young censors learn to erase history

The censorship industry in China is big business. “My office is next to the big training room,” Mr. Yang said. “I often hear the surprised sounds of ‘Ah, ah, ah.’” China’s censorship machine is so well oiled that young censors have to be taught what they were missing. This incredible New York Times feature by […]

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Lawyer: McCarrick repeatedly touched youth during confession

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican’s sexual abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has expanded significantly after a man testified that the retired American archbishop sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, including during confession. James Grein testified Thursday in New York before the judicial vicar for the New York City archdiocese, […]

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Photos of the week: Dec. 15-22

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. The moon rises behind the North Portico of the White House, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, in Washington. The partial federal shutdown was expected to drag into Christmas as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders remained stuck in a […]

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DC docs, nurses fly to fix hearts — just in time for the holidays

WASHINGTON — First, it starts with a sore throat. A fever, a headache and swollen lymph nodes likely follow. And for most living in the U.S., a prescription for antibiotics isn’t far behind. But for patients living in low-income countries with limited access to care, it’s not uncommon for strep throat to go undiagnosed. And […]

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Photos of the week: Dec. 8-15

Here are photos from stories that happened last week. Scroll through to see if you’ve missed any. Santa cruised around on that Harley-Davidson, collecting toys from Montgomery County businesses before making a special delivery to the kids at the National Institutes of Health’s Children’s Inn. The jolly elf ditched the reindeer for Wednesday’s gift run. In […]

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Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou of China granted $10 million bail by Canada judge, awaits US extradition hearing

A judge in Canada today granted $10 million bail for Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of China electronics giant Huawei. She has to remain in the Vancouver area, where she has a home. The United States has requested her extradition. China is not happy. Huawai’s response follows. . BBC: Meng Wanzhou could be extradited to the […]

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