VATICAN CITY—Pope Francis “reacted well” to planned intestinal surgery Sunday evening at a Rome hospital, the Vatican said, without giving much detail about the pontiff’s condition.
In a statement late Sunday, a Holy See spokesman, Matteo Bruni, said the 84-year-old Francis had general anesthesia during the surgery necessitated by a stenosis or narrowing, of the sigmoid portion of the large intestine. He didn’t say how long surgery lasted.
TOKYO—The U.S. women’s gymnastics team’s decade of dominance came to a dramatic end on Tuesday when superstar Simone Biles withdrew from the competition, saying she wasn’t in the right mental place to continue, and Russian gymnasts claimed the gold medal.
The U.S. astonishingly finished second as the remaining three team members pushed ahead without Biles, who pulled out after completing the vault, the first of four apparatus. Great Britain was third.
WASHINGTON—President Biden is expected to announce a series of updates about the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, including plans to move thousands of Afghan translators out of the country by the end of August, according to administration officials.
The administration has yet to determine where translators would be moved while they await approval to enter the U.S., but “it is likely to be a mix of third countries and U.S. territory,” a senior administration official said. “For now this is very much in progress.”
TOKYO—The Tokyo Olympics will be held without spectators, the organizers said, after Japan declared a new state of emergency that will continue through the end of the Games due to a rise in Covid-19 infections.
Hundreds of athletes and officials from around the world have already arrived for the Olympics, which open on July 23. Foreign spectators were ruled out in March, but the organizers had intended to allow stadiums and arenas to be around half capacity with local fans.
Richard Branson hopes to beat Jeff Bezos into space this Sunday with the sort of high-profile act that made the British billionaire famous and helped him build his Virgin Group into a global brand.
Back on the ground, Mr. Branson’s business empire—straddling airlines, cruise ships, hotels and gyms—is trying to recover from the economic hit that many tourism and travel-focused businesses have suffered during the pandemic.
JERUSALEM—When a group of Jewish and Muslim Jerusalemites wanted to show that Israelis and Palestinians could coexist peaceably during a wave of communal violence, they joined to hand out cakes and cookies in their neighborhood of Abu Tor.
The gesture backfired. Palestinians who took part received death threats from callers who accused them of collaborating with Israel. Someone shot at the home of a prominent Palestinian leader.
Philadelphia (CNN)Earlier this week, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced that 70% of the city's adults had received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine -- reaching President Biden's goal for the nation ahead of schedule.
Yet that doesn't tell the whole story. Only one-quarter of those vaccinations have gone to Black residents even though they make up more than 40% of the city's population.