June 28, 2018

Emmanuel Macron reinstating compulsory national service in France

Michele Tantussi/Getty Images(PARIS) -- During his presidential campaign in 2017, Emmanual Macron promised to bring back compulsory national service. Now, 20 years after the end of the military service system in France, President Macron seems poised to deliver on that promise. The French government has announced that new national service could be put in place as early as next year. In a report published on its website Wednesday, the government said the objective of the service is to "promote eng..
June 28, 2018

Fourteen new cardinals appointed at the Vatican by Pope Francis

Franco Origlia/Getty Images(VATICAN CITY) -- Pope Francis appointed 14 new cardinals Thursday at a ceremony at the Vatican. The new cardinals hail from 11 countries: Iraq, Poland, Pakistan, Portugal, Peru, Madagascar, Japan, Mexico, Bolivia, Spain and Italy. Francis said they express "the universality of the church." Cardinals are named by the pope, and those under the age of 80 are eligible to take part in a conclave when the time comes to elect a new pope. Eleven of the 14 who received their d..
June 28, 2018

Trump, Putin to meet in Finland in July

Steffen Kugler/BPA/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, Finland, on July 16. The White House revealed the details of the high-stakes meeting in a statement Thursday morning, saying that "the two leaders will discuss relations between the United States and Russia and a range of national security issues." The White House national security adviser, John Bolton, met with Putin and other senior Russian officials at the Kremlin..
June 28, 2018

Prince William visits Jerusalem’s Old City sites to end first official royal visit

Tim Rooke/Pool/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- The Duke of Cambridge closes out his trip to the Middle East with a visit to Jerusalem's Old City on Thursday. Prince William started his day in East Jerusalem, which is occupied by Israel, on the Mount of Olives, overlooking the walled Old City. Then, in the most personal and emotional stop of the day, he visited his great-grandmother's tomb. Prince Philip's mother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, was honored by Israel for sheltering Jews i..