Police: So Far No Indication of IS Link to Cologne Attack

Cologne police are investigating whether extremism was the motivation behind a bloody hostage-taking at the city’s main train station, but so far have found no ties to the Islamic State group, authorities said Tuesday. Criminal police investigation leader Klaus-Stephan Becker told reporters the man has been identified as a 55-year-old Syrian refugee who came to …

Chinese Diplomat Uses Twitter to Counter Allegations of Xinjiang-Related Rights Abuses

A senior Chinese diplomat in Pakistan has taken to social media to reject as “baseless” Western allegations that China is committing massive human rights abuses in its neighboring northwestern Xinjiang border region. Beijing is blamed by the U.S. and international rights defenders for reportedly running mass detention centers filled with ethnic Uighur and other Muslims …

Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen Dies at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, who visualized the indispensability of the personal computer more than 40 years ago, died Monday at 65. Allen’s family said he died in Seattle of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a form of cancer he had been battling off and on since 2009. After persuading high school friend Bill Gates to drop out of …

Russian Orthodox Church Cuts Ties With Global Orthodox Leadership

The Russian Orthodox Church announced Monday it would break ties with the Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople over the latter’s recognition of a new Ukrainian church, the latest development in a major restructuring of the world’s second-largest Christian denomination. Unlike Catholicism, which has a centralized hierarchy of authority, Orthodox Christianity has several churches spread out across …