Iran’s woes briefly go up in smoke during fire festival

Asia & Pacific 03/19/19, 22:50

Iran's many woes briefly went up in smoke as Iranians observed a nearly 4,000-year-old Persian tradition known as the Festival of Fire. The celebration is held on the last Tuesday night before Nowruz, or the Iranian New Year, which will be celebrated Thursday. The annual ritual dates back to at least ...

Markets Right Now: Stocks open New Year on a sour note

Business 01/02/19, 09:42

The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.The stock market had a sour start to the New Year as big technology companies took more losses.Apple and Amazon each fell about 2 percent in early trading Wednesday, as did Microsoft. Netflix tumbled 3.5 percent.Markets were closed Tuesday for ...

Japan emperor greets public in final New Year’s appearance

Asia & Pacific 01/01/19, 23:18

Japanese Emperor Akihito has waved to throngs of well-wishers eager to see the final New Year's appearance in his reign.He told the crowd Wednesday at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo: "I am truly happy to celebrate the New Year with all of you under such cloudless skies."Akihito will abdicate on ...

4 ideas from N.Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s New Year’s speech

Asia & Pacific 01/01/19, 02:07

Looking almost banker-like in a business suit and sitting in an upholstered leather armchair, Kim Jong Un gave his annual televised New Year's address on Tuesday. The North Korean leader's big curtain-raiser for 2019 comes after a couple of very tumultuous years. In 2017, his rapid-fire missile tests brought him to ...

Chief justice details efforts to combat workplace misconduct

U.S. 12/31/18, 20:57

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts is using his annual report on the federal judiciary to highlight the steps the branch has taken to combat inappropriate conduct in the workplace. In December 2017, Roberts asked that a working group be put together to examine the judiciary's workplace conduct policies. His request ...

Welcomes 2019! Sydney Harbour and Auckland are lit up by fireworks

World 12/31/18, 10:08

Australia and New Zealand has welcomed 2019 with millions gathering to watch spectacular firework displays in Sydney and Auckland. The party atmosphere is now set to sweep across major cities in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Americas as the world celebrates a new year. HAPPY NEW YEAR: Sydney, Australia gets the 2019 ...

2 dead, nearly 30 wounded in bomb blast at Philippine mall

Asia & Pacific 12/31/18, 05:22

Suspected Muslim militants remotely detonated a bomb near the entrance of a mall in the southern Philippines on Monday as people did last-minute shopping ahead of New Year's Eve celebrations, killing at least two and wounding nearly 30, officials said.The bomb went off near the baggage counter at the entrance ...

The Ancient Origins of New Year’s Celebrations

Legend 12/31/18, 02:33

On the 1 st January of every year, many countries around the world celebrate the beginning of a new year.  But there is nothing new about New Year’s.  In fact, festivals and celebrations marking the beginning of the calendar have been around for thousands of years.  While some festivities were simply a ...

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