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January 3, 2019 4:59 PM North Korean envoy to Italy vanishes — did he defect?

North Korea, which touts itself as a socialist paradise, is extremely sensitive about defections, especially among its elite diplomatic corps, and has previously insisted that they are South Korean or U.S. plots to undermine its government. About 30,000 North Koreans have defected to South Korea since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, according to South 33

January 2, 2019 9:36 PM We’re signing trade deals. Now, we have to use them

Canadian exporters fixated on the U.S. market invoke the EU’s many languages (at least 47) and transportation issues as reasons for not vigorously tapping EU markets. And yet those same language “barriers” have not dissuaded Italian biscuit and French cheese exporters from ramping up their sales to Canada. And transportation challenges in an EU with an integrated 26

December 31, 2018 8:55 PM Vatican officials resign amid crisis period for the Pope

VATICAN CITY—The Vatican spokesman, Greg Burke, and his deputy resigned abruptly Monday amid an overhaul of the Vatican’s communications operations and a crisis period in Pope Francis’ papacy. The departures of Burke and his deputy, Paloma Garcia Ovejero, signalled that the problems associated with Francis’ reform of the Vatican bureaucracy had come to a head, and at a very bad time: The pope is struggling 20

December 28, 2018 3:54 PM Prosecco’s bubble shows no sign of bursting

ASOLO, ITALY—Prosecco, the fruity sparkling wine made in the northeastern hills of Italy is gaining in global popularity — and producers of Champagne, for so long the dominant bubbly wine, are taking note. Prosecco has become the bestselling sparkling wine in the world by volume, and experts say it is eroding the market share of Champagne, the French 34

December 17, 2018 2:43 PM Three English teams face German opposition in Champions League

In other matches, Barcelona was drawn with Lyon, Serie A leader Juventus will take on Atletico Madrid and Porto will play Roma. Man City, also seeking its first title, arguably got the weakest opponent on current form. Schalke is in 13th place in the Bundesliga. “I would like to play on Wednesday, but I can’t, so we have to wait for February,” Man City sporting 33

December 13, 2018 3:09 PM French police try to catch Christmas market attack suspect dead or alive

French authorities said that the suspect, born in Strasbourg, had run-ins with police starting at age 10 and his first conviction at age 13. Chekatt had been convicted 27 times, mostly in France but also in Switzerland and Germany, for crimes including armed robbery. He had been flagged for extremism and was on a watch list. French President Emmanuel 29

November 29, 2018 9:07 PM The week that was: A girl named Abcde gets mocked, and a ping-pong miracle shot is for naught

MOCKED: A Texas girl by a Southwest Airlines employee. Traci Redford told a TV station (an ABC affiliate ...) her 5-year-old was made fun of for her name, and a gate agent even posted a picture of the daughter’s boarding pass on social media. The name is Abcde, pronounced “ab-si-dee.” Southwest apologized. PRAISED: An egg hoarder. As a child, his lawyer 36

November 15, 2018 3:47 PM Italy’s bishops respond to long-ignored clergy sex abuse

VATICAN CITY—Italy’s Catholic bishops are declaring a new era of transparency and truth about clergy sex abuse, as awareness of the scandal that has convulsed much of the world begins to take hold in a country where it was long ignored. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian bishops’ conference, said on Thursday that a national advisory 29

November 14, 2018 12:55 PM Calgary voters recommend city abandon potential 2026 Olympic bid

Calgary voters’ rejection of the bid reflects concerns that hosting the games could impose runaway costs on a city already struggling because of a downturn in its bedrock energy industry. While oil prices have rebounded across most of the globe in the past few years, pipeline bottlenecks have weighed on Canadian crude. That has kept Calgary’s unemployment 39

November 7, 2018 12:41 AM Griezmann shines as Atletico Madrid beats Borussia Dortmund

Messi had travelled with the team to Milan but Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde opted not to risk the star forward, who hasn’t played since fracturing his arm last month. Substitute Malcom scored with seven minutes remaining but Mauro Icardi levelled in the 87th for the hosts. Barcelona is top of Group B, three points ahead of Inter and six ahead of Tottenham 43