VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis Wednesday urged people to pray for the safe return of a group of 12 nuns who have been abducted from a Syrian convent allegedly by rebels. "I invite everyone to pray for the sisters of the Greek Orthodox monastery of Santa Takla in Maaloula, Syria, who were taken by force by armed men two days ago," Francis said while making the appeal at the end of his general ...
BEIJING - US Vice-President Joe Biden has begun a two-day trip to China by encouraging Chinese students to challenge their government, teachers and religious leaders. Biden visited the U.S. embassy, where he surprised Chinese citizens waiting to get visitor visas processed in the embassy's consular section. He told a group applying for visas to the US that "innovation can only occur where ...
BOSTON, Massachusetts - The Kenyan-born uncle of President Barack Obama has been allowed to stay put in the United States more than two decades after he ignored deportation order. Federal immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro ruled Tuesday that Onyango "Omar" Obama is allowed to stay in the country he's called home since 1963 and the "land of opportunities". The judge thus spared deportation ...
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, Wednesday blamed Israel for the death of one of its senior commanders, who has been shot dead outside his home in Beirut, warning the Jewish state of consequences. Hassan al-Laqqis, who is said to have fought in Syria's civil war, was shot in the head from close range by a silenced gun as he arrived home at around midnight in the ...
OTTAWA The Canadian Forces is investigating the fourth suicide of one of its members within a week, while a fifth soldier attempted to take his life. Defence officials told media that three of as many as four Canadian Forces members who took their own lives in recent days had served in Afghanistan.Senator Romeo Dallaire, a retired general, blamed a recent traffic accident on stress over the ...
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The Australian Broadcasting Corporation and its managing director Mark Scott are caught in a perfect storm. Critics variously driven by ideology, commercial interests or a combination have found in the ABC's decision to partner with Guardian Australia to publish the Indonesia spy story a big opportunity for the broader attack on the public broadcaster that is their recurring ...
Chances are dim that elections will be held in Yemen next February. Yet without elections, the push for reforms and change that were inspired by the Yemeni revolution would become devoid of any real value. Yemenis might find themselves back on the street, repeating the original demands that echoed in the country's many impoverished cities, streets and at every corner. It is not easy to ...
On Tuesday afternoon Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott stepped in front of the cameras and reflected on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's reporting of the Indonesian phone tapping revelations. "I think the ABC were guilty of poor judgment in broadcasting that material which was obviously difficult for Australia's national security and long-term best interests," he said. It was ...
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Education Minister Christopher Pyne have betrayed the trust of the Australian electorate, The Sydney Morning Herald said in an editorial on Tuesday. The daily newspaper was taking aim at the duo over their handling of educational reforms, or schools funding, put in place by the previous government. The Herald said Abbott and Pyne had betrayed the Australian ...
Indian men have beaten Spain 55-27 in the Kabaddi World Cup while the women's team got over Kenya in an easy 56-21 victory. The men's team has their next match with Kenya on December 5 while the women's team would take on United States on December 7. While the men's section has twelve nations participating in, the women's section has eight teams in the draw. The event was inaugurated by ...
Ajman's tourism development department has set a new Guinness World Record by creating the largest greeting card mosaic to mark UAE's 42nd National Day. According to Gulf News, the 121-square metre mosaic is made up of 5,500 postcards and spells out the slogan "Union Spirit". Four thousand volunteers took part in the event that was overseen by officials from Guinness World Records. Samer ...
Nearly 50 percent of Brits would vote to leave the European Union (EU) if a referendum was held, according to a new poll. The study by Lansons and Cambre Associates found that nearly one in four believe that getting out of the EU would weaken the UK's economy, the Daily Star reported. About 40 percent of Brits see themselves as European, compared to nearly 84 percent of Germans. About a ...
Brad Pitt has bought a 2-million-pound vintage Spitfire fighter aircraft after reportedly becoming obsessed with World War II while filming his upcoming war drama 'Fury'. A source told the Sun that Pitt, who has done everything from sleep in the trenches to learn to drive a tank for the film, has now invested in one of the iconic machines. Meanwhile, the 49-year-old actor, who is already a ...
New Yorkers have reported hearing an eerie sound coming from the new One World Trade Centre building. A strange howling sound from the building is even keeping the residents up at night. According to news.com.au, the building's 104-storey Freedom Tower is 1776-feet high (541 metres), making it the tallest building in the US. On top of the tower is a spire, which appears to be the source of ...
New Zealand No.8 Kieran Read was on Tuesday named as the International Rugby Board's (IRB) player of the year for 2013, according to reports. According to Sport24, Read's honour capped a hat trick of awards for New Zealand who picked up the team of the year gong while Steve Hansen was named coach of the year. Read edged out British and Irish Lions and Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny, young ...
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