Vatican, China sign landmark accord on appointing bishops

VILNIUS (Reuters) – The Vatican on Saturday signed a landmark agreement giving it a long-desired say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labelled the deal a sellout to the Communist government. The provisional agreement, signed in Beijing by deputy foreign ministers from both sides, was announced as Pope Francis visited Lithuania on…

German coalition’s future at stake as parties again try to resolve spymaster affair

BERLIN (Reuters) – The fate of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s unwieldy six-month-old government is hanging in the balance as the three coalition parties seek again this weekend to resolve their dispute over Germany’s scandal-tainted spymaster. The coalition parties agreed on Tuesday to transfer spy chief Hans-Georg Maassen to the interior ministry following accusations that he harboured…