US gay marriage ruling unleashes debate in Russia

US gay marriage ruling unleashes debate in Russia

By Anna Smolchenko Moscow, Russia  – The US Supreme Court’s move to legalize gay marriages triggered heated debate in Russia on Sunday, with one MP saying Facebook should be blocked while a senator urged the adoption of the US army’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy. In a show of support for the US Supreme Court’s […]

30.06.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Canada to fingerprint, photograph more travelers

Canada to fingerprint, photograph more travelers

(Ottawa,CANADA-AFP) -CANADA said Thursday it will try to catch suspected fraudsters, “terrorists” and Canadian jihadists returning from overseas conflicts by photographing and fingerprinting many more travellers arriving at its airports. The border screenings would be expanded to cover flights arriving from 150 countries, up from 29 now. “For a pluralist country like Canada, one of the […]

05.06.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Science & Technology, World News ·
Xi tells Kerry: Pacific Ocean big enough for China and US

Xi tells Kerry: Pacific Ocean big enough for China and US

Beijing, China (AFP) Sunday 5/17/2015 – China’s relationship with the US is “stable” despite tensions in the South China Sea, President Xi Jinping told top American diplomat John Kerry Sunday, adding that the Pacific Ocean is “vast enough” for both powers, state media said. Xi met with Kerry in Beijing as tensions between the world’s […]

17.05.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
No trash talk, but PHL, Canada to launch free-trade negotiations

No trash talk, but PHL, Canada to launch free-trade negotiations

Montreal, Canada (AFP)   – Canada and the Philippines announced they will begin discussions over increasing commerce between the two nations by lowering trade barriers, officials from the two governments said Friday in Ottawa. The negotiations are part of a push by Canada to develop bilateral economic agreements in Asia as progress has slowed on […]

11.05.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Baby first royal affected by new succession laws

Baby first royal affected by new succession laws

(AFP) – The birth of Britain’s royal baby girl is a cause for celebration not just across the Commonwealth realms but also for campaigners as the princess benefits from an historic change in the succession laws. Prince William and his wife Kate’s daughter, who was born on Saturday, is the first major royal who cannot […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Britain’s baby princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Britain’s baby princess named Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

(London-AFP) – Prince William and his wife Kate have named their two-day-old baby Charlotte Elizabeth Diana and she will be known as Princess Charlotte of Cambridge, their Kensington Palace residence announced Monday. The names will be seen as a triple homage to her grandfather Prince Charles, great-grandmother Queen Elizabeth II and William’s late mother Diana, […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Britain’s baby princess meets the grandparents

Britain’s baby princess meets the grandparents

(London-AFP) – Prince William and his wife Kate showed off their new baby daughter to their loved ones on Sunday as they thanked people around the world for their messages of congratulations. Among the well-wishers was William’s brother Prince Harry, away serving with the Australian army, who said of the one-day-old princess: “She is absolutely […]

04.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Nepal’s rich cultural heritage devastated by quake

Nepal’s rich cultural heritage devastated by quake

(AFP) – Sujan Shrestha says it breaks his heart to look at the piles of rubble that are all that remain of the ancient Nepalese temples where he has worshipped all his life. The 28-year-old shopkeeper grew up in a house just off Patan Durbar Square, a spectacular World Heritage site in the quake-hit Kathmandu […]

02.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, Environment, World News ·
Prince William’s wife Kate in labour

Prince William’s wife Kate in labour

(AFP) – Prince William’s wife Kate was admitted to hospital on Saturday in the early stages of labour with the couple’s eagerly-awaited second child, Kensington Palace said. “The Duchess of Cambridge was admitted at 6.00 hours to St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, London and is in the early stages of labour,” the palace press office said […]

02.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, International Stars, World News ·
Cheers as sleeping princess welcomed into the world

Cheers as sleeping princess welcomed into the world

(London-AFP) – Cradled in her mother’s arms, Britain’s new sleeping princess was welcomed into the outside world Saturday with joyous cheers, a forest of camera phones and a sea of flags. It was both a traditional and very 21st-century moment as Prince William and his wife Kate emerged from the Lindo Wing doors at St […]

02.05.2015 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
China free trade zone a bust so far: US business survey

China free trade zone a bust so far: US business survey

Shanghai, China |AFP |   – Nearly three-quarters of American firms in Shanghai say China’s first free trade zone (FTZ) offers them no business benefits almost 18 months after it was established, according to a survey Wednesday. The Chinese commercial hub set up the FTZ in September 2013, promising a range of financial reforms, including […]

07.03.2015 · Filled under: World News ·

China’s wealthiest to take part in key political meetings

Beijing, China | AFP |  – Five of the 10 wealthiest people in Communist-ruled China are due to take part in two major political meetings starting this week, government websites show, highlighting the influence of the country’s mega-rich. Super-wealthy delegates to the “two sessions” are often the focus of public attention, with some criticised for […]

04.03.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
UK coins to feature new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

UK coins to feature new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

(London-AFP) – A new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II which will appear on coins in Britain was unveiled Monday — only the fifth one of her 63-year reign. The likeness shows the 88-year-old monarch facing right in profile and wearing a crown and drop earrings. It replaces a previous portrait which dates back to 1998. […]

02.03.2015 · Filled under: Art, Home & Garden, International Stars, World News ·
Pope voices sadness over Libya beheadings of Christians

Pope voices sadness over Libya beheadings of Christians

Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |   – Pope Francis on Monday expressed “profound sadness” over the beheading of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic militants in Libya, saying they had been killed for their faith. “They were executed for nothing more than the fact that they were Christians,” Francis said in impromptu remarks […]

16.02.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Big Yang Theory: Chinese year of the sheep or the goat?

Big Yang Theory: Chinese year of the sheep or the goat?

By Fran WANG Beijing, China | AFP |  – Sheep or goat? China’s coming lunar new year has stirred a debate over which zodiac creature is the correct one – but Chinese folklorists dismiss the fixation on animals as missing the point. Traditional astrology in China attaches different animal signs to each lunar year in […]

16.02.2015 · Filled under: Holidays, Lunar New Year, World News ·
Pope tells clergy: ‘Never try to cover up child abuse’

Pope tells clergy: ‘Never try to cover up child abuse’

By Angus Mackinnon Vatican City, Holy See | AFP |  – Pope Francis on Thursday warned Catholic clergy they must never try to cover up sexual abuse, as a new Church child protection panel prepares to meet for the first time. In a strongly-worded letter to the heads of national bishops’ conferences and religious orders, […]

09.02.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Globetrotting Pope Francis to travel to Latin America

Globetrotting Pope Francis to travel to Latin America

La Paz, Bolivia | AFP |   – Francis, the first pontiff from Latin America, will return to the region in July when he visits Bolivia, President Evo Morales said, adding that Paraguay and Ecuador are also on the pope’s itinerary. Morales told the newspaper La Razon that he communicated directly with the pontiff, who […]

20.01.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Oil plunge a ‘golden opportunity’ for Asia economies

Oil plunge a ‘golden opportunity’ for Asia economies

By Martin Abbugao Singapore, Singapore | AFP |  – The plunge in crude prices will give a much-needed boost to Asia’s oil-guzzling economies and provides governments a “golden opportunity” to implement crucial structural reforms such as cutting expensive energy subsidies, analysts say. A slowdown in the key export markets of Europe, China and Japan, the […]

20.01.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Pope begins Asia visit in Sri Lanka; next is PHL

Pope begins Asia visit in Sri Lanka; next is PHL

By Claire Cozens Colombo, Sri Lanka | AFP | Monday 1/12/2015 – Pope Francis will arrive in Sri Lanka on Tuesday, days after the surprise election of a president who has pledged a new culture of tolerance in a country still recovering from civil war. The pope’s second visit to Asia will also take in […]

12.01.2015 · Filled under: World News ·
Miss South Africa crowned Miss World

Miss South Africa crowned Miss World

(LONDON-AFP) – Miss South Africa, 22-year-old Rolene Strauss, was crowned Miss World 2014 at the pageant’s final in London on Sunday, with an estimated billion viewers watching on television around the globe. Miss Hungary, Edina Kulcsar, was the runner-up and Miss United States, Elizabeth Safrit, came third in the 64th annual competition, contested by women […]

14.12.2014 · Filled under: Beauty & Style, Destinations, Entertainment, World News ·