BRITAIN

Cardinal resigns

over sex allegations

A cardinal who had been the top Catholic cleric in Britain resigned Friday over sexual impropriety allegations.

The mere fact of Cardinal Keith O'Brien's resignation was startling - he is reportedly the first cardinal to do so since the 1920s.

The Scottish cleric, 77, had stepped aside from regular duties in 2013 after allegations surfaced that he had made sexual advances to a number of priests. On Friday, the Vatican announced he would be a cardinal in name only. He loses rights such as voting for pope, but is still a priest. - Washington Post
PAKISTAN

Mosque targeted

A bomb planted on a motorcycle outside a Shiite mosque Friday in Pakistan's largest city, Karachi, killed two people and wounded six, police said, in the latest attack on a religious site in the country. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack. - AP
ZIMBABWE

Elephant export

Zimbabwe intends to export elephants to China, the United Arab Emirates, and France despite wildlife activists' opposition. There is no alternative, environment chief Saviour Kasukuwere said Friday at Hwange national park. Overpopulation leads to vegetation damage and reduced biodiversity. - Bloomberg