Papua New Guinea

Large earthquake strikes

Officials are waiting for more information about damage from the magnitude 7.5 quake that hit Papua New Guinea early Monday. Chris McKee, the acting director of geohazards management for the Papua New Guinea government, says tens of thousands of people live in the forested highlands region affected by the quake, which struck about 55 miles southwest of Porgera in the Pacific Island nation.

SYRIA

Six die amid U.N. cease-fire

Despite a drop in intensity, shelling and bombardment in the Syrian capital and its embattled eastern suburbs killed at least six people Sunday following the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous approval of a resolution demanding a 30-day cease-fire, opposition activists and residents of Damascus said. Attacks on residential areas appear to have shifted to strikes on front lines where some of the most intense fighting took place throughout the day.

Jordan

Rescued lions head to home

Two African lions rescued from war zones in Iraq and Syria are heading to the Lions Rock sanctuary in South Africa, after resting in Jordan where they recuperated from physical and psychological trauma. The animal rights group Four Paws International rescued Saeed and Simba from zoos in daring war zone operations in 2017.

CHINA

Term limit might be dumped

China’s ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country’s president, the official news agency said, appearing to lay the groundwork for party leader Xi Jinping to rule as president beyond 2023. The party’s Central Committee proposed removing from the constitution the expression that the president and vice president “shall serve no more than two consecutive terms,” the Xinhua News Agency said Sunday.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires