Franklin Graham: Hell and Heaven are very real places
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
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 ...
Typhoon Kills Dozens; Philippines Searches for Reasons
The strongest tropical storm of 2018 set off landslides that buried miners and wrecked cropland
Iran’s domestic car market stalls as nuclear deal falters
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, ...
Amnesty Accuses Maduro Government of Executing Thousands
'Venezuelan authorities are using the language of war to try to legitimize the use of excessive force by police and military officials,' an Amnesty International official says
S. Sudan Ambassador Hopes to Repair Relations with US
Relations between South Sudan and the United States have been strained in recent years
President Trump to address drugs, nuclear weapons in UN speeches
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 ...
Top Algerian Military Commanders Being Purged Ahead of Presidential Election
Some analysts are calling military and security force purge a 'pre-emptive coup'
Analysts: Poor Economy, Unemployment Lure Tunisians to Extremism
Some research indicates that Tunisian youth are both frustrated and feel hopeless, with some appreciating the previous autocratic government for its relative stability
Pakistan: Saudi Arabia to Join China-Funded Development Project
Prime Minister Imran Khan’s extensive meetings with Saudi leadership during this week’s official visit to Riyadh resulted in landmark development, Pakistani information minister says
Dozens Die in Tanzania Ferry Sinking
Officials say 44 people have already been confirmed dead and rescue efforts have halted until dawn on Friday
New Era for Religion in China as Party Tightens Controls
Intensifying crackdown on religion in China seen linked to party shift to assert control over all facets of society, reshuffle of government office of religious affairs
Mexican President-elect Stuck 3 Hours on Grounded Plane
Despite losing four hours waiting for a one-hour flight, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador insists he will sell the costly presidential jet as planned