First for Asia: Taiwan parliament approves same-sex marriage

AFP 05/19/2019

TAIPEI—Taiwan’s parliament legalized same-sex marriage on Friday in a landmark first for Asia as the government survived a last-minute attempt by conservatives to pass watered-down legislation. Lawmakers comfortably passed a bill allowing same-sex couples to form “exclusive…

Filipino cashier in Walmart left in tears as vlogger’s ‘You’re Fired’ prank backfires

/INQ.net 05/16/2019

  A YouTuber’s prank of pretending to be Walmart’s CEO and firing employees has backfired after it left one cashier in tears. Vlogger Lauren Love, who has over 140,000 subscribers on YouTube, decided to prank the employees…

Norwegian woman dies of rabies after rescuing puppy in Philippines

/INQ.net 05/11/2019

  OSLO–A 24 year-old Norwegian woman died this week of rabies, after she was bitten by a puppy she rescued while on vacation in the Philippines, her family announced. In February, while on holiday with friends, Birgitte…

400-year-old bible stolen from US is found in Netherlands

/INQ.net 04/27/2019

PITTSBURGH — A 17th-century Geneva Bible, one of the hundreds of rare books authorities said was stolen from a Pittsburgh library as part of a 20-year-long theft scheme, is back home. The Bible, published in 1615, was…

This woman was arrested after dumping seven 3-day-old puppies in the dumpster

InqPOP 04/26/2019

  If you think dumping your pets elsewhere is the best way to evade commitment and responsibilities, think again. On Monday, a 54-year-old woman named Deborah Sue Culwell was arrested for animal cruelty at her residence in Coachella, California…

Pope denounces ‘cruel violence’ of Sri Lanka Easter attack

Associated Press 04/22/2019

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis denounced the “cruel violence” of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed…

World condemns Sri Lanka blasts

Inquirer 04/22/2019

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka — World leaders condemned the bomb attacks on high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka on Sunday, killing at least 200 people, including dozens of foreigners. More than 400 other people…

Blasts hit Sri Lanka churches, 42 reported killed

Agence France Presse 04/21/2019

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka – At least 42 people were killed and 160 were wounded Sunday in a string of blasts at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP. The…

Pope during Easter vigil: reject the ‘glitter of wealth’

Associated Press 04/21/2019

VATICAN CITY — At an Easter vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis on Saturday encouraged people to resist cynicism or pursuing the “glitter of wealth,” and to avoid seeking life’s meaning in “things that pass away.”…

Paranormal investigator Lorraine Warren dies at 92

Associated Press 04/20/2019

  MONROE, Connecticut — Worldwide paranormal investigator and author Lorraine Warren, whose decades of ghost-hunting cases with her late husband inspired such frightening films as “The Conjuring” series and “The Amityville Horror,” died. She was 92. Warren’s…

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