Pope says baptism is for everyone, even Martians

Pope says baptism is for everyone, even Martians

VATICAN CITY, May 12, 2014 (AFP) – Pope Francis on Monday declared that everyone has the right to be baptized, even aliens should they come knocking on the church’s door. Christians cannot “close the door” to all those who seek baptism even if they are “green men, with a long nose and big ears, like […]

13.05.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
World’s first simultaneous international race to take place May 4

World’s first simultaneous international race to take place May 4

(Relaxnews) – Registrations for the Wings for Life World Run are now closed, and the countdown has begun. Across the globe, from Denver in the US to Perth in Australia, runners will depart simultaneously on Sunday, May 4 in this atypical race. For runners in the US, the clock will start before sunrise (3:00am in […]

02.05.2014 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Sports & Recreation, World News ·
Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints

Pope Francis declares John Paul II, John XXIII saints

By Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere, Laure Brumont VATICAN CITY (AFP) − Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed John Paul II and John XXIII the Catholic Church’s newest saints at a festive ceremony joined by hundreds of thousands of pilgrims for two pontiffs who helped shape 20th-century history. “We declare and define as saints the blessed John […]

29.04.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Japan, S. Korea to discuss ‘comfort women’ before Obama visit

Japan, S. Korea to discuss ‘comfort women’ before Obama visit

TOKYO (AFP) –Japan and South Korea will hold talks this week to try to improve frosty relations before President Barack Obama visits both the US allies during an Asian tour, it was announced Sunday. The two governments “have decided to engage in intensive discussions on various subjects at various levels” to improve conditions surrounding relations, […]

21.04.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Malaysia corrects last words from Flight MH370; PM Razak to head to Perth

Malaysia corrects last words from Flight MH370; PM Razak to head to Perth

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) – Malaysia’s civil aviation department said late Monday the last words spoken by one of pilots of missing Flight MH370 were “Good night Malaysian three seven zero”, and not the more casual “All right, good night” originally reported. The admission is likely to add to criticism of the Malaysian authorities’ handling of […]

01.04.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Malaysia says missing jet crashed at sea

Malaysia says missing jet crashed at sea

By M. Jegathesan KUALA LUMPUR, March 24, 2014 (AFP) – Malaysia said Monday the passenger jet which went missing more than two weeks ago crashed in the Indian Ocean, but shed no light on the mystery of why it veered from its intended course. Prime Minister Najib Razak said new satellite analysis of Malaysia Airlines […]

25.03.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Australia, US launch ‘needle in haystack’ plane search

Australia, US launch ‘needle in haystack’ plane search

SYDNEY  (AFP) – Australian and American authorities said Tuesday they had begun searching 600,000 square kilometers (230,000 square miles) of the remote Indian Ocean for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, and conceded it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. The Malaysian government has revealed it believes the jet was deliberately diverted and […]

21.03.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Arab countries ban ‘Noah’ citing Islamic concerns

Arab countries ban ‘Noah’ citing Islamic concerns

LOS ANGELES  (AFP) – Three Arab countries have banned the biblical epic movie “Noah” because it contradicts Islam, while three more are expected to follow suit, a studio spokesman said Wednesday. Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates told Hollywood giant Paramount last week that the film, starring Russell Crowe, will not be released in their […]

13.03.2014 · Filled under: Entertainment, Film, Hollywood Stars, World News ·
Malaysia launches terror probe over vanished jet

Malaysia launches terror probe over vanished jet

By M JEGATHESAN KUALA LUMPUR  (AFP) – Malaysia on Sunday launched a terror probe into the disappearance of a passenger jet carrying 239 people, investigating suspect passengers who boarded with stolen passports, as relatives begged for news of their loved ones. The United States sent the FBI to investigate after Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 vanished […]

11.03.2014 · Filled under: World News ·
Olympics: Putin opens Sochi Games after stunning show

Olympics: Putin opens Sochi Games after stunning show

(SOCHI-AFP) – President Vladimir Putin on Friday opened the Winter Olympics Games in Sochi that are inextricably linked with his name, after a stunning ceremony where Russia sought to convince the world it is a worthy host. The high-octane ceremony at the 40,000 capacity Fisht stadium on the Black Sea got off to a rocky […]

07.02.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation, World News ·
SIA, Air New Zealand form alliance

SIA, Air New Zealand form alliance

(SINGAPORE-AFP) – Singapore Airlines (SIA) and Air New Zealand on Thursday announced an alliance to expand services to both countries and boost their global reach as they look to capitalise on growing tourism traffic. The alliance will enable SIA to operate its Airbus A380 superjumbos to New Zealand for the first time, progressively replacing daily […]

16.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Brazil airlines want 1,500 more flights for World Cup

Brazil airlines want 1,500 more flights for World Cup

(RIO DE JANEIRO-AFP) – Brazilian airlines, including heavyweights TAM and Gol, have asked the country’s aviation authorities to allow some 1,500 additional flights to meet demand during the World Cup, officials said on Wednesday. A statement from the National Civil Aviation Agency (ANAC) said the airlines’ requests were being considered and “will be approved based […]

10.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Sports & Recreation, World News ·
First road to Canada’s Arctic coast breaks ground

First road to Canada’s Arctic coast breaks ground

(OTTAWA-AFP) – Prime Minister Stephen Harper officially broke ground Wednesday on the US$185 million first all-season highway to Canada’s Arctic coast, which it is hoped will open up resource development in the far north. The extension of the Dempster Highway is to connect Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, a hamlet on the Arctic coast currently accessible only […]

10.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, World News ·
Dubai 2014 firework display breaks world record: Guinness

Dubai 2014 firework display breaks world record: Guinness

(DUBAI-AFP) – Dubai shattered the world record for the largest ever pyrotechnic display on New Year’s Eve with a show involving more than half a million fireworks, Guinness World Records said Wednesday. “Ten months in planning, over 500,000 fireworks were used during the display which lasted around six minutes, with Guinness World Records adjudicators on […]

02.01.2014 · Filled under: Destinations, Holidays, New Year's Day, World News ·
Sparkling Sydney kicks off glitzy global 2014 party

Sparkling Sydney kicks off glitzy global 2014 party

(SYDNEY-AFP) – Sydney kicked off a promised unprecedented spectacular to mark New Year celebrations Tuesday, the first in a wave of pyrotechnics to usher in 2014 from Hong Kong to world record-chasing Dubai. Tonnes of explosives were set to light up Australia’s biggest city, with fireworks shooting off the Opera House for the first time […]

02.01.2014 · Filled under: Holidays, New Year's Day, World News ·
Pope urges social ‘fraternity’ after economic crisis

Pope urges social ‘fraternity’ after economic crisis

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Francis on Thursday urged governments around the world to show more solidarity and strive for equality following a period of economic crisis, a day after being declared “Person of the Year” by Time magazine. “The succession of economic crises should lead to a timely rethinking of our models of economic […]

16.12.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
Football: India to host 2017 Under-17 World Cup – FIFA

Football: India to host 2017 Under-17 World Cup – FIFA

(COSTA DO SAUIPE-AFP) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter confirmed Thursday that India will host the Under-17 World Cup in 2017. Eight venues have been shortlisted to be pared down to six — Goa, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Kolkata, Delhi and Guwahati. The news was greeted with elation among Indian officials “This is historic, this is […]

06.12.2013 · Filled under: Sports & Recreation, World News ·
US rejects China air zone

US rejects China air zone

BEIJING  (AFP) – US military chiefs insist they will not change their operations despite a move by China to scramble fighter jets to monitor American and Japanese aircraft in Beijing’s newly declared air defence zone. But the State Department said US commercial airlines should observe China’s demand to be given notice of aircraft entering the […]

05.12.2013 · Filled under: World News ·
Health and fitness agenda: World AIDS Day

Health and fitness agenda: World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day December 1 Worldwide World AIDS Day draws together people from around the globe “to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic.” For a calendar of events, to download posters, and to find out how to get involved, visit http://www.worldaidscampaign.org. In the UK, visit http://www.worldaidsday.org. International Day of […]

29.11.2013 · Filled under: Health & Fitness, Online, World News ·
Cameron pledges further $48 million aid to PHL

Cameron pledges further $48 million aid to PHL

COLOMBO (Mabuhay) – Prime Minister David Cameron announced Saturday that Britain was providing a further $48 million to help the relief effort after the devastating typhoon in the Philippines. “Today I can announce that we are providing a further 30 million pounds ($48 million) to support the United Nations and Red Cross emergency appeal” to […]

20.11.2013 · Filled under: World News ·