China: Open to Vatican talks but Catholics must be patriots

BEIJING — China’s head of religious affairs said that Beijing is willing to have constructive dialogue with the Vatican but stressed that Catholics should “hold up high the flag of patriotism” and adapt Catholicism to Chinese society.


With Trump’s victory, GOP hopes to overhaul Medicaid

ATLANTA — When President-elect Donald Trump takes office in January, Republicans will have the opportunity to pull off something they have wanted to do for years — overhaul Medicaid, the program that provides health care to tens of millions of


Obama retaliates against Russia for election hacking

HONOLULU — In a sweeping response to election hacking and other bad behavior, President Barack Obama on Thursday sanctioned Russian intelligence services and their top officials, kicked out 35 Russian officials and shuttered two Russian-owned compounds in the U.S. It


Cease-fire goes into force in war-ravaged Syria

BEIRUT — A cease-fire brokered by Russia and Turkey went into effect in war-ravaged Syria at midnight Thursday, a potential breakthrough in the six years of fighting that have left more than a quarter-million people dead and triggered a refugee


It’s a small world after all

Hawaii Preparatory Academy seventh-grader Lily Kassis and her preschool buddy, Hayven Costa, create Christmas ornaments together earlier this month during a visit by HPA students to Small World Preschool in Waimea. In a longstanding program, HPA’s seventh-graders partner up with

Obituaries for December 30

Tammy Kamalani Clara Cho, 53, of Captain Cook died Dec. 10. Born in Kealakekua, she was a homemaker. Visitation 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at OTEC Beach in Kailua-Kona. Service at 10:30 a.m. Food and fellowship to follow. For information,

County issuing senior ID cards

The Coordinated Services for the Elderly Program of the county Elderly Activities Division issues identification cards for seniors 60 years and older Monday through Friday at the Aging and Disability Resource Center, 1055 Kinoole St., Suite 101, in Hilo.

UN credibility depends on keeping its forces clean

The United Nations’ primary weapon is credibility — global recognition that it stands for peace, humanitarianism and the protection of innocents. That is why the world body must take steps to ensure its blue-helmeted peacekeepers, sent into trouble spots around


Hawaii ferry dreams face cost, public opinion hurdles

HONOLULU — When a 30-foot-tall ferry loomed outside a Kauai harbor in 2007, surfers and kayakers — looking like tiny ducks in comparison — blocked its path, preventing it from unloading hundreds of passengers and sending the giant catamaran back