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Indonesia tsunami: Death toll rises to 373 amid fears Krakatoa could trigger another wave any time

Rescuers searched for more survivors and victims on debris-strewn beaches on Monday as Indonesia reeled from the second deadly tsunami to hit it this year. The waves that swept terrified people into the sea on Saturday night along the Sunda Strait followed an eruption and possible landslide on Anak Krakatau, whose name …

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Pope Francis condemns world of materialism and poverty

Image copyright Reuters Image caption It is the 82-year-old’s pontiff’s sixth Christmas as head of the Church Pope Francis has called on people in developed countries to live a simpler and less materialistic life. He also condemned the huge divide between the world’s rich and poor, saying Jesus’s birth in …

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Congo archbishop urges peace at Christmas Eve midnight mass

KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — An appeal for peace during Congo’s tense, volatile election period was issued at a Christmas Eve midnight mass in Kinshasa. The newly appointed Archbishop Fridolin Ambongo called on President Joseph Kabila’s government to hold the elections on Dec. 30, as announced last week. Cheers greeted his …

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Shutdown Grinds On With Democrats Venting and Trump ‘All Alone’

(Bloomberg) — As the partial U.S. government shutdown enters a third day, lawmakers have left Washington for the Christmas holiday with no sign of urgency to resolve the fight over President Donald Trump’s demand for border wall money. Unlike shutdowns of the past, Congress and the White House aren’t racing …

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U.S. military tracking Santa despite partial government shutdown

By Keith Coffman Denver (Reuters) – The partial U.S. government shutdown is not preventing the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) from tracking Santa Claus as he embarks on his global trek to deliver Christmas gifts to children across the world, the command said on Monday. A holiday tradition, which …

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