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Pope, other religious leaders pledge to help end trafficking

Pope, other religious leaders pledge to help end trafficking

Vatican City:  Pope Francis joined Muslim, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist and other Christian leaders who pledged to help stamp out modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020. The leader of some…

Boko Haram butchers 45

Boko Haram butchers 45

Nigeria: Butchery in the name of religion once again struck in Nigeria.  At least 45 people were killed in a suspected Boko Haram [dreaded Islamic terror group] attack in northeast…

‘Priests must face violence and torture, return to Iraq’

‘Priests must face violence and torture, return to Iraq’

Even as Islamists continue to target non-Islamic institutions such as churches, life grows even more difficult for Christians in Iraq. Persecution of Christians was not there when Saddam Hussein was…

US pins hopes on South Asia to contain terror

US pins hopes on South Asia to contain terror

WASHINGTON:  The emergence of new leadership in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan provides an opportunity to ensure greater stability and security to the region, top US officials said after  President Barack…

Chocolate is the new champagne?

Chocolate is the new champagne?

Your love of chocolate has just made my Easter budget go north! Why?  You’re gobbling it up faster than the coca beans can sprout! Those chocolate bunnies that I love…

Vietnamese Bank Frauds sent to Death Row

Vietnamese Bank Frauds sent to Death Row

BANGKOK — Remember folks, American bankers whose rash pursuit of profit brought on the 2008 global financial collapse didn’t get indicted. They got bonuses.  And in India, financial fraudsters are…

Canada: heading for partition?

Canada: heading for partition?

Will the province of Quebec break away from Canada and form a new country? On April 7, Canada’s French-speaking  province of Quebec will vote in a general election brought about…

Nepal: A hilly prison for refugees?

Nepal: A hilly prison for refugees?

KATHMANDU: The fine for overstaying your visa is $5 a day, and it adds up to millions for refugees trapped in Nepal. Amir Hussain, a Rohingya Muslim, lost a dozen…

Guess who came to dinner?

Guess who came to dinner?

Washington: Who would be partnered with the French President whose facebook status, had he cared to have one, could have read ‘suddenly single?’ In the end, the White House solved the most delicate protocol…

Uganda passes odius homophobic law

Uganda passes odius homophobic law

KAMPALA:   Uganda’s parliament on Friday adopted an anti-homosexuality bill that will see repeat offenders jailed for life. While its lawmakers hailing it as a victory against “evil”, the civilised world…

Christmas is more than ‘a beautiful memory’: Francis

Christmas is more than ‘a beautiful memory’: Francis

Vatican City: Christmas “is not only a temporal recurrence or a beautiful memory”, but a “journey” to “meet the Lord” and what’s more to “letting Him meet us” in which…

Gay artists show stopped by right wing loonies

Gay artists show stopped by right wing loonies

Gay artist Balbir Krishan’s art exhibition has been cancelled in the city after organisers received threats from some right-wing political arm-twisters. The Hyderabad Saffron Taliban is at it again, we…

Angola bans Islam as ‘illegal sect’

Angola bans Islam as ‘illegal sect’

Luanda, Nov 25: South-west African nation Angola became the first country in the world to ban Islam and to prohibit Muslims from openly practicing their faith. The country’s culture minister,…

Christians who steal from the State feed their kids ‘unclean bread’

Christians who steal from the State feed their kids ‘unclean bread’

‘St. Peter did not have a bank account’: Pope Francis Pope Francis delivered an impassioned sermon on Monday, during which he quoted a passage from the bible that said some…

Food security is a human right: Vatican

Food security is a human right: Vatican

Hunger is caused by ‘exclusion’. The archbishop leading the Vatican delegation to the United Nations has praised international efforts to combat hunger, malnutrition and poverty, but said that more must…