Pope OKS Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation amid sex scandal
Vatican City: Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Washington Cardinal Donald Wuerl after he got entangled in two major sexual abuse and cover-up scandals and lost the support of many in his flock. Wuerl, who turns 78 in November, becomes the most prominent head to roll in the scandal roiling the Catholic Church after his predecessor as Washington archbishop, Theodore Mccarrick, was forced to resign as cardinal over allegations he sexually abused at least two minors and adult seminarians.
US varsity building to be named after Indo-us couple
Houston: A building at the University of Houston will be renamed after an Indian-american couple in recognition of a gift that will provide ongoing support for faculty, students and research, the varsity has said. The university’s Engineering Research Building will be named after Durga D and Shushila Agrawal who made a sizable donation to the college, the varsity’s IndianAmerican President Renu Khator said.
Vietnam seizes 13 rhino horns
Hanoi: Authorities in Vietnam seized 13 rhinoceros horns and related items from South Africa on Friday, just two weeks after the seizure of a tonne of illegal wild life products, state media said. Vietnam is a major consumer of rhino horn, which is believed to have medical powers, and a transit point for elephant ivory to consumers mostly in China and US, where it is turned into jewellery.