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All Raphael's tapestries return to Sistine Chapel after centuries

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Putting more masterpieces in Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel to join his ceiling frescoes and Last Judgement wall might seem as superfluous as adding more diamonds to the Crown Jewels. A tapestry designed by Renaissance artist Raphael is installed on a lower wall of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican as part of celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of his death in this handout photo released on February 17, 2020. ... Full story

Cardinal McCarrick secretly gave nearly $1 million to group led by cleric accused of sexual misconduct

During those years, Carlos Buela, who founded the group decades ago in Argentina, repeatedly defied Vatican sanctions for alleged sexual misconduct with seminarians, according to a confidential Vatican order. The group “systematically obstructed” Vatican efforts to oversee its activities, the document shows. A Post examination found that the financial and personal ties between McCarrick and Buela’s group were far more extensive than previously ... Full story

'This is a special time': Reporting from the edge of China's virus lockdown

BEIJING (Reuters) - It was a late afternoon on a blue-sky day in Jiujiang, a city that borders Hubei, the central Chinese province worst hit by the coronavirus. We were riding in our taxi along a main road en route to our next destination, a large bridge over the Yangtze river, which we heard had been shut down by a checkpoint as transport links with Hubei were all but severed. Then we noticed a police car driving alongside us. A voice over the ... Full story

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, Star of ‘Queen of Katwe,’ Dies at 15

Nikita Pearl Waligwa, the young Ugandan newcomer who starred in “Queen of Katwe,” the 2016 Disney film about a chess champion’s coming of age, has died of a brain tumor. She was 15. Her death was announced on Sunday by Gayaza High School , an all-girls boarding school outside the Ugandan capital of Kampala where Ms. Waligwa had been a student. “You were a darling to many and we have lost you to a brain tumor at such a tender age,” the high ... Full story

Map and chart showing the spread of China's novel coronavirus

Reuters maps all places where COVID-19 cases have been confirmed. Full story

North Korea imported purebred horses from Russia as Kim Jong Un took snowy ride

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rides a horse during snowfall in Mount Paektu in this image released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on October 16, 2019. KCNA via REUTERS. MOSCOW/SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea, whose leader Kim Jong Un was filmed riding through the snow on a white stallion last year, has spent tens of thousands of dollars on 12 purebred horses from Russia, according to Russian customs data. Accompanied by ... Full story

New look All-Star Game unleashes Kobe Bryant-level intensity in Team LeBron victory

CHICAGO -- The night, his night, ultimately proved to be a setup that 24 players and a pair of entertainers managed pull off wonderfully and tastefully without a snag. Let’s just say it was Kobe flavored, Kobe-centric and with the intense finish, certainly would have been Kobe approved. This 69th edition was a different NBA All-Star Game , in feel and format and in look and emotion. All that energy swirled inside the United Center, whipped ... Full story

Oil traders rent South Korean storage for excess supplies after virus hit China demand

LONDON/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Several top trading houses have rented millions of barrels of crude storage in South Korea this month to keep excess oil supplies after the coronavirus outbreak dampened demand in China, the world’s largest importer, trading sources said. Supplies in the region are piling up after Chinese refineries cut output by about 1.5 million barrels per day (bpd) over just two weeks. Trading firms Trafigura [TRAFG.UL], ... Full story

Thai army to transfer control of land after mass shooting

FILE PHOTO: Family members and Police officers ride with coffins containing bodies of SWAT members Trakool Tha-arsa and Petcharat Kamjadpai, who were killed in a mass shooting at the Terminal 21 shopping mall, at a military airport in Bangkok, Thailand, February 10, 2020. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha/File Photo. BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand’s army agreed on Monday to transfer management control of 160,000 hectares of commercial land to the ... Full story

China seeks help of national tech giants to track coronavirus with QR codes

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s government is enlisting the help of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and Tencent Holdings Ltd to expand color-based systems for tracking individuals affected with the coronavirus nationwide. A woman wearing a face mask walks across a street at a shopping area, as the country is hit by an outbreak of the novel coronavirus, in Beijing's central business district, China February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang. On Wednesday, ... Full story