Exclusive: Pope to give women a say in appointment of bishops

Current committee to help pope select bishops is all-male New rules allow even lay Catholics to head most Vatican offices Pope has already appointed some women to high-level positions VATICAN CITY, July 6 (Reuters) – Pope Francis said he wants to give women more top-level positions in the Holy See and disclosed that for the … Read more

In age-old ritual, Mexican mayor weds alligator to secure abundance

SAN PEDRO HUAMELULA, Mexico, June 30 (Reuters) – A small town Mexican mayor married his alligator bride in a colorful ceremony as traditional music rang out and revelers danced while imploring the indigenous leader to seal the nuptials with a kiss. San Pedro Huamelula Mayor Victor Hugo Sosa obliged more than once during Thursday’s wedding, … Read more

Magnificent ancient mosaic found near Tel Aviv returns home

LOD, Israel, June 27 (Reuters) – An exceptionally well-preserved Roman floor mosaic, showing a rich variety of fish, animals, birds and ships, has returned to the site where it was first found in a Tel Aviv suburb after a decade -long tour of some of the world’s top museums. The 1,700 year-old mosaic, from the … Read more

US to drop COVID testing for incoming international air travelers

WASHINGTON, June 10 (Reuters) – The United States will drop from Sunday a 17-month-old requirement that people arriving in the country by air test negative for COVID-19, an official said, a move that follows intense lobbying by the airlines and the travel industry. A formal announcement will be made later on Friday. The step comes … Read more

Belgian king reiterates regrets for colonial past in Congo but no apology

King on first visit since taking throne Again stops short of apologizing for colonial atrocities Congo president says needs to look to the future KINSHASA, June 8 (Reuters) – Belgium’s King Philippe reaffirmed his deepest regrets on Wednesday for the exploitation, racism and acts of violence during his country’s colonization of the Democratic Republic of … Read more

Shanghai revives after two-month COVID lockdown, wary of a new one

Residents celebrate, go shopping, return to work Car traffic, trains and buses resume in Shanghai Some residents wary COVID curbs may return City govt issues ‘thank you’ letter, some demand apology SHANGHAI, June 1 (Reuters) – Shanghai sprung back to life on Wednesday after two months of bitter isolation during a ruthless COVID-19 lockdown, with … Read more

Robinhood agrees to settle customer lawsuit over 2020 outages

May 27 (Reuters) – Robinhood Markets Inc (HOOD.O) has agreed in principle to settle a proposed class action filed by customers in the United States who claimed the investment app’s outages in March 2020 shut them out of trading on pandemic-related volatility . The company filed notice of the pending deal with a San Francisco … Read more

Retail inflows at nearly all-time high despite market turbulence

May 25 (Reuters) – Individual investors are buying stocks at a pace akin to the 2021 meme-stock frenzy even as the returns on retail investments sit at multi-year lows amid a widespread sell-off on concerns about rising interest rates, Vanda Research said. Retail investors bought stocks worth $ 76 billion during a three-month period ending … Read more

JetBlue goes hostile to buy Spirit Airlines after rejection

CHICAGO / WASHINGTON, May 16 (Reuters) – JetBlue Airways Corp (JBLU.O) is not taking no for an answer in its quest to buy rival Spirit Airlines (SAVE.N). On Monday, the New York-based carrier launched a hostile all-cash takeover bid for Spirit Airlines, two weeks after the low-cost carrier rejected an offer from the larger rival. … Read more

US retail investors scooped up stocks during Thursday’s market drop

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, US, April 28, 2022. REUTERS / Brendan McDermid Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register NEW YORK, May 6 (Reuters) – Individual investors were major buyers on Thursday as stocks sold off over concerns that the US … Read more