U.S. churches feel beat of change

U.S. religious congregations are marching to their own drums now more than ever. The National Congregations Study’s latest look at the country’s churches, synagogues and mosques — the third wave of studies that began in 1998 — finds more congregations: • Open their doors to gays and lesbians in active membership and in leadership. …

China’s Hong Kong Crisis – Bloomberg View

What’s happening right now on the streets of Hong Kong is not, as the Chinese regime seems to think, a law-and-order crisis. It is a political protest — and that’s how officials in Beijing need to respond to it. When the pro-democracy group Occupy Central began to talk about paralyzing Hong Kong’s central business …

Why Kim Jong Un Vanished: Ankle Problem?

Kim Jong Un may be out of sight, but he’s certainly not out of mind, with the theories and explanations about his nearly monthlong absence piling up. The latest, from South Korea’s Chosun Ilbo: Cuban heels may be to blame. The paper has an unnamed source saying the leader fractured both of his …

Mosquito-borne virus disrupting life in Jamaica

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s health minister said Sunday that the government is doing all it can to combat a newly arrived mosquito-borne virus that is increasingly disrupting life and cutting productivity on the Caribbean island. In a national address carried on television and radio, Fenton Ferguson said the chikungunya …