(AFP) Pope Francis beatified 124 early Korean martyrs Saturday at a mass in Seoul and challenged the massive crowd to ask what values they might be willing to die for in an increasingly materialistic, globalised world.Hundreds of thousands of believers, most of them invited church groups from across South Korea attended the open-air ceremony, held in hot, humid conditions in
(AFP) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said India must build up its military might to the point that no other country “dare cast an evil eye” on the South Asian nation.Modi made the statement at a ceremony in Mumbai for the commissioning of the country’s biggest locally built warship.“Our aim is to achieve such prowess in our defence
(AFP) The Ebola epidemic is moving faster than the authorities can handle and could take six months to bring under control, the medical charity MSF said Friday.The warning came a day after the World Health Organization said the scale of the epidemic had been vastly underestimated and that “extraordinary measures” were needed to contain the killer disease.
The department promotes toxic pesticides, fertilizers of multinationals despite kidney disease link, allege analysts…Registrar of Pesticides, under the Department of Agriculture, has come under severe criticism for supporting multi-national companies that import highly toxic agro-chemical fertilizers and pesticides. In one instance, Sri Lankan media reports, the registrar’s office even pressured the Customs Department to get arsenic-
Virtually every adult on the planet consumes too much salt, Tufts University researchers have determined, with an average of 3.95 grams of sodium consumed per person per day--nearly double the two grams daily recommended by the World Health Organization.The taste for soy in Asia, stews in Eastern Europe and bread and processed food in
(AFP) Washington on Friday urged Moscow to stop its “extremely dangerous and provocative” activities after Ukraine said it had destroyed part of a Russian military convoy that entered its territory.
US National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden warned that “the escalation in Russian activity designed to destabilise Ukraine in recent weeks is extremely dangerous and provocative”.
Thailand has imposed new restrictions on taking children born to surrogate parents out of the country.The move follows the case of a Thai surrogate mother who said an Australian couple rejected the baby she carried when they found he had Down’s syndrome.The couple, who took home the boy’s twin sister, have strongly denied the claim.
(AFP) Negotiators in Cairo addressed the thorny issue of the Israeli Gaza blockade on Tuesday night, as the second day of a 72-hour truce neared its end.
As Gaza’s residents ventured out to try to piece together their battered lives, Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held a second round of indirect talks aimed at finding a durable end to the five-week
(AFP) The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously adopted a resolution aimed at weakening Islamists in Iraq amid reports of Islamic State jihadists killing dozens of residents in besieged ethnic Yazidi areas.
Western media reported dozens of men from the Yazidi faith were massacred in the village of Kocho, 45 kilometres (30 miles) from the Kurdish-held town of Sinjar.
Several trade unions are expected to meet in Colombo on August 20 to initiate a massive strike demanding higher salaries.Trade unions of public sector, private sector, estate and other unions including the ones affiliated with the ruling alliance have been invited for the meeting. The unions will highlight the need to grant a salary sufficient for living for each employee,
(BBC) The Australian PM has said it is “hard to see how the world would be helped by an independent Scotland”.
Tony Abbott told the Times, while visiting London, those who would like to see the UK break up were “not the friends of justice... [or] freedom”, .
(AFP) A 91-year-old Dutch man honored by Israel for shielding a Jew from the Nazis has handed back his medal after six of his relatives were killed in a Gaza air strike.
Henk Zanoli returned his Righteous Among the Nations award to the Israeli ambassador in The Hague this week after an Israeli F-16 destroyed his great niece’s Gaza home, killing all inside.
(AFP) International airlines steered clear of Iraq on Friday after Washington banned American air carriers from Iraqi skies in the immediate wake of US air strikes on Islamist fighters.Flights to and from the Gulf and beyond, which typically would have taken airways through Iraq, favored parallel routes via Iran instead, according to real-time flight tracking websites.
(AFP) Japan and South Korea are expected to hold rare talks Saturday, diplomatic sources said, in a potential ice-breaking meeting following a collapse in relations.
Japan’s Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida is scheduled to meet his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se on the eve of a regional security dialogue in the Myanmar capital Naypyidaw, Japanese diplomatic sources said.
(BBC) A North Carolina diner that offers discounts to praying customers has ignited an internet firestorm across the US.For the past four years, Mary’s Gourmet Restaurant in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, had been surprising customers with a 15% discount if they prayed or meditated before meals.