Two Chinese bishops who participated in a Vatican gathering say they have invited Pope Francis to visit China in another sign of improved relations since a landmark agreement was signed over bishop nominations.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's often-awkward Bavarian ally says he wants his party to draw consequences from its poor state election performance before Christmas, but is being coy about his own future.
Ophelia could become the 10th consecutive storm to grow to hurricane strength in the Atlantic Ocean this season, tying a record set in the late 1800s. Earlier this year NOAA predicted more hurricanes than usual this season. The National Hurricane