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Nepal’s top judge suspended after impeachment motion filed

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Nepal’s first female Supreme Court chief justice was suspended after an impeachment motion was filed in Parliament accusing her of bias and interfering with executive powers. Sushila Karki, who held one of the highest positions ever held by a woman in Nepal, was suspended automatically after …

Washington’s high-court fights date to Washington himself

WASHINGTON (AP) — Wondering when Supreme Court nominations became so politically contentious? Only about 222 years ago — when the Senate voted down George Washington’s choice for chief justice. This year’s brouhaha sees Senate Democrats and Republicans bracing for a showdown over President Donald Trump’s nominee, Neil Gorsuch. It’s the …

Pope takes over Knights of Malta after condom dispute

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Wednesday seized control of the Knights of Malta, and action that amounts to one sovereign country annexing another, if on a very small scale. Here’s what led to the takeover and what it means for the Knights, the Vatican and the Catholic Church. …

Knights of Malta head resigns amid spat with Pope Francis

ROME (AP) — In a remarkable turnaround, the head of the Knights of Malta resigned after publicly defying Pope Francis over the ouster of a top official involved in a condom scandal, the ancient lay Catholic order said Wednesday. Matthew Festing, 67, decided to resign after meeting with the pope …