Let’s start the week by looking at the biggest stories.
The silent Popes: Why Francis and Benedict won’t answer the accusations dividing their church
For the first time in 600 years, there are two living popes, one retired and one active, whose fates may be intertwined, even as many of their followers are at odds.
Kavanaugh’s accuser accepts request to speak to Judiciary Committee next week, lawyers say
Christine Blasey Ford, the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a past sexual assault, accepted the request to speak to the panel next week about the alleged incident, her lawyers told Senate Judiciary Committee staff on Saturday.
Who attacked Iran’s military parade?
Iranian Foreign Minister Javid Zarif had no doubt who was to blame for Saturday’s attack on a military parade in Iran that killed at least 25 people.
Duchess of Sussex reveals her ‘something blue’
The Duchess of Sussex has revealed she hid a romantic memento to the first date she had with Prince Harry as the “something blue” within her wedding outfit. The new royal shared details from her big day with British broadcaster ITV as part of a new two-part show honoring Queen Elizabeth II.
Centuries-old shipwreck found in Portugal
Archeologists have found a centuries-old shipwreck off Portugal’s coast near Lisbon, a local mayor’s office said Saturday.
Comcast outbids 21st Century Fox for Sky
Comcast lodged a winning bid of $39 billion for Sky following a rare, three round auction managed by UK’s Takeover Panel
‘Baby Trump’ balloon makes appearance at Florida rally
Needles found in New Zealand strawberries
The Australian scare over needles found in strawberries has spread to New Zealand after needles were found in a punnet of the fruit in an Auckland supermarket. The Countdown supermarket chain said it had taken a brand of Australian strawberries off the shelves.
Nigeria pirates kidnap Swiss ship’s crew
Pirates have kidnapped 12 crew members from a Swiss cargo vessel in Nigerian waters. Massoel Shipping said its vessel, MV Glarus, was carrying wheat from Nigeria’s capital to Port Harcourt when it was attacked on Saturday. “The pirate gang boarded the Glarus by means of long ladders and cut the razor wire on deck,” the firm told AFP.
Anthony Joshua stops Alexander Povetkin to retain world heavyweight titles
Anthony Joshua delivered a stunning finish to stop a game Alexander Povetkin and retain his world heavyweight titles at Wembley Stadium. The IBF, WBO and WBA champion, criticised in some quarters for failing to finalise a deal with the division’s other high-profile names, responded emphatically with a seventh-round stoppage of the Russian, who had never been beaten inside the distance.
British ‘pharmacist who joined IS’ detained
A British man who says he is a pharmacist from Birmingham has been detained in Syria on suspicion of being a member of the Islamic State group. Kurdish forces captured Anwar Miah in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour a month ago.
Everything You Know About Obesity Is Wrong
From the 16th century to the 19th, scurvy killed around 2 million sailors, more than warfare, shipwrecks and syphilis combined. It was an ugly, smelly death, too, beginning with rattling teeth and ending with a body so rotted out from the inside that its victims could literally be startled to death by a loud noise.
Climate Change Comes Home To Roost In North Carolina
The water inundated homes, many still boarded up from Hurricane Matthew two years earlier. It swallowed farm operations, killing millions of chickens and turkeys and overflowing open pits full of hog feces. It flooded coal ash ponds, sending the toxic byproduct of burning coal into area waterways.
‘Captain Marvel’ Comic Writer: She Always Gets Back Up Because ‘F**k You’
Marvel Comics’ Carol Danvers character has been through many incarnations over the years, and in the latest she’s using her Captain Marvel moniker. That’s the version we’ll see in theaters in March 2019, starring Brie Larson as the superhero, and it owes a lot to writer Kelly Sue DeConnick.
Hillary Clinton Tells Colbert ‘I Never Had To Steal A Treaty’ Off Obama’s Desk
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has worn many hats over the course of her storied career, but one job she never had was babysitting a president. Clinton appeared on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert” on Friday and weighed in on many issues facing the country, from the sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to a president potentially being subpoenaed or even indicted.
Americans hate selfies, but can’t stop taking them
Americans have a love-hate relationship with selfies. A new survey from the research company YouGov shows that over 63 percent of Americans say they take selfies. But that doesn’t mean America is all aboard the selfie train.
Google is trying, and failing, to cover its creepy Chinese search engine tracks
Google wants the world’s information to be universally accessible, unless that information just so happens to relate to its reported efforts to build a censored Chinese search engine that tracks its users.
Amazon’s Storefronts is too little, too late for small businesses
Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps support our work. Nice try, Amazon. Trying to make us think you’re here to support small businesses. We see you with your glossy new ” Storefronts” webpage on Amazon.com.