Franklin Graham: Hell and Heaven are very real places

Opinion 09/21/18, 03:14

Franklin Graham, the son of the legendary Rev. Billy Graham, is often recognized for his honest commentary regarding political issues and current events. On Wednesday, September 19th, Graham sparked controversy again with a real, yet difficult subject addressed in the Bible — Heaven and Hell. In response to a Wall Street ...

Catholic priest in Slovakia challenges celibacy rules

Europe 09/21/18, 03:08

A priest in Slovakia is challenging the Roman Catholic Church's celibacy rules in a rare instance of dissent in the conservative religious stronghold in Central and Eastern Europe.Roman Catholic priest Michal Lajcha holds his book "The Tragedy of Celibacy - The Death of Wife," during an interview with The Associated ...

Iran’s domestic car market stalls as nuclear deal falters

World 09/21/18, 02:25

Across Iran's capital, rush-hour traffic always grinds to a halt, a sea of boxy Renault four-doors and Peugeot coupes all idling their way through the streets of Tehran.Soon, however, Iran's faltering nuclear deal with world powers may be what causes the country's domestic automotive market to stall out.As Iran's currency, ...

Maldives prepares for polls seen as test for young democracy

World 09/21/18, 01:59

A decade after people took to the streets to welcome democracy to the Maldives, an Indian Ocean archipelago, voters head to the polls on Sunday in what has become a referendum on whether democracy will stay.The Maldives' third multiparty presidential election is being held five years after incumbent President Yameen ...

Despite strong laws, domestic violence in Brazil is rampant

World 09/21/18, 00:07

Rogeria Cardeal had spent most of the day in a muggy waiting room at the public defenders' office. She wanted to report that a former partner, who had beaten her for years, had violated a restraining order by approaching her and the kids at church.The response was discouraging."It's not like ...

Philippine villages at risk of landslides forcibly evacuated

World 09/20/18, 23:55

Philippine troops and police have forcibly evacuated residents of five villages vulnerable to landslides after the collapse of a mountainside buried dozens of homes and killed at least 22 people in a central region.Rescuers dig through the rubble to search for possible survivors, with some sending cellphone text messages pleading ...

Over 100 dead after Tanzania ferry sinks on Lake Victoria

World 09/20/18, 22:56

The death toll rose above 100 after a ferry capsized and sank on Lake Victoria, Tanzania state radio reported Friday, while a second day of rescue efforts raced the setting sun.The toll was likely to go up, John Mongella, commissioner for the Mwanza region, told The Associated Press after dozens ...

A Kim Jong Un visit to Seoul? It would be surreal challenge

World 09/20/18, 22:24

The spectacle and surprise on display at the three inter-Korean summits this year have been, at times, intense. The fourth one could be surreal — if it happens.Imagine North Korean leader Kim Jong Un rolling through South Korea's ultra-modern capital in an armored limousine flanked by crew-cut bodyguards running in ...

Empty places at the table: Uighur children missing in China

China 09/20/18, 21:45

Chinese authorities are placing the children of Uighurs and other ethnic minorities into dozens of state-run orphanages across the far western Xinjiang region, as around 1 million adults in their families are sent to internment camps.The orphanages are only the latest example of Beijing's efforts to systematically distance young Muslims ...

China distances children from families to subdue Muslim west

China 09/20/18, 21:11

As tens of thousands of Uighur families have been swept up in Chinese President Xi Jinping's campaign to subdue the sometimes restive Xinjiang, there is evidence that the children of detainees and exiles are being placed into dozens of childcare facilities across the far west region.In this Aug. 20, 2018, ...

President Trump to address drugs, nuclear weapons in UN speeches

America 09/20/18, 18:53

President Donald Trump will call for global action on the world drug problem, lay out his vision of the U.S. role in the world, and urge a halt to the spread of weapons of mass destruction during next week's gathering of world leaders at the U.N. General Assembly.Nikki Haley, the ...