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Militiamen withdraw from US Embassy but Iraq tensions linger

01/02/2020

BAGHDAD — Iran-backed militiamen withdrew from the U.S. Embassy compound in Baghdad on Wednesday after two days of clashes with American security forces, but U.S.-Iran tensions remain high and could spill over into further violence. The withdrawal…

Queen Elizabeth’s daughter is hardest-working royal, again!

AP 01/01/2020

LONDON — Being a member of the British royal family isn’t the easiest job on earth, if TV shows and movies provide accurate pictures. But how much do the royals work? According to official records, prominent members…

Indonesian city carries out condom raids to prevent ‘free sex’ on New Year’s Eve

The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network 01/01/2020

MAKASSAR, Indonesia — Personnel of Makassar Public Order Agency (Satpol PP) conducted raids at several convenience stores in Makassar, South Sulawesi on Monday night, December 30, 2019, to confiscate condoms in a bid to prevent “negative acts”…

Teen kills, tortures with crucifix alleged pedophile Catholic priest

Ian Biong - INQUIRER.net 12/30/2019

  In what has been called an act of revenge, a teenager allegedly tortured and murdered a 91-year-old Catholic priest in Oise, France, as the latter is believed to have sexually abused him and several other boys.…

Singapore road crash kills 2, injures 4 others

Asia News Network, The Straits Times 12/29/2019

  SINGAPORE – Two female pedestrians were killed and four others were left injured after a car crashed onto a side road at Lucky Plaza in Singapore on Sunday (Dec. 29) afternoon. The Straits Times understands that…

Sydney fireworks to go ahead despite massive protest petition

AFP 12/29/2019

SYDNEY — A petition to cancel Sydney’s famous New Year’s Eve fireworks and use the money to fight bushfires ringing the city has topped 260,000 signatures, but officials say the show will go on. Sydney is spending…

PH bans entry of 2 US senators backing De Lima

Nestor Corrales - INQUIRER.net 12/27/2019

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Bureau of Immigration to deny two United States senators who pushed for the ban of Filipino officials who are allegedly behind the detention of Sen. Leila de Lima…

PH to require visas for Americans if US ban on Filipino execs is enforced

Nestor Corrales - INQUIRER.net 12/27/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines would require Americans to secure visas before entering the country after Washington effectively banned Filipino officials from entering the United States over the continuing detention of opposition Sen. Leila de Lima. “Should…

Pope offers hope against darkness in Christmas Day message

12/26/2019

VATICAN CITY  – Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to Africa. The pope told…

Notre Dame rector: Fragile cathedral might not be saved

12/26/2019

PARIS  — The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral says the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there’s a “50 percent chance” the structure might not be saved, because scaffolding installed before this year’s fire is threatening…

Notre Dame rector: Fragile cathedral might not be saved

AP 12/25/2019

PARIS — The rector of Notre Dame Cathedral has said the Paris landmark is still so fragile that there’s a “50% chance” the structure might not be entirely saved because scaffolding installed before this year’s fire is…

Heavy hearts as Notre-Dame misses Xmas mass for first time since 1803

AFP 12/25/2019

PARIS — Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris was unable to hold Christmas Eve Mass for the first time in more than 200 years – after a fire ravaged its structure in April. With heavy hearts, French Catholics instead…

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