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Slovenia's 'zombie church' targets corruption

Dec 25, 2014

Slovenia's 'zombie church' targets corruption

by Bojan Kavcic

“In the name of the bell, the pan and the holy pot . . . ” Slovenia’s newest religion may have the strangest of scriptures, but in a country plagued by corruption scandals, its antigraft gospel has gained a huge following. The Trans-Universal Zombie ...

Dec 25, 2014

Crimea hit by outages amid Ukraine power crisis

Crimea on Wednesday suffered massive blackouts after Ukraine unexpectedly stopped supplies, sparking traffic jams, hospital closures and panic across the peninsula. Train stations, businesses and the airport had to close down, traffic lights went dark causing huge snarls in the main city of Simferopol, ...

Dec 25, 2014

Tenth Egyptian dies of H5N1 bird flu

A 5-year-old Egyptian boy died from bird flu on Wednesday, the 10th death from the virus in the country out of 22 identified cases this year, the Health Ministry said. Ministry spokesman Dr. Hossam Abdel Ghaffar said the boy came to a hospital in ...

Dec 25, 2014

Top Canadian criminal lawyer Edward Greenspan dies at 70

Edward Greenspan, one of Canada’s most prominent criminal lawyers, was remembered Wednesday as a force to be reckoned with by many in the legal community who were mourning his death. His law firm, Greenspan Partners LLP, confirmed his death Wednesday at age 70. Details ...

Pakistan to set up military courts for terrorist suspects

Dec 25, 2014

Pakistan to set up military courts for terrorist suspects

Pakistan’s prime minister announced Thursday the country will set up special trial courts under the supervision of military officers to prosecute terrorism cases in the wake of the Taliban school massacre. Nawaz Sharif spoke in a nationally televised address after a marathon meeting with ...

Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Dec 25, 2014

Pope celebrates Christmas Eve Mass and calls Iraqi refugees

Pope Francis is celebrating Christmas Eve with a late-night Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica and a phone call to some Iraqi refugees forced to flee their homes by Muslim militants. Francis told refugees at the tent camp in Ankawa, a suburb of Irbil in ...

Dec 25, 2014

Peru evacuates remote village after indigenous attacks

An isolated Peruvian village in the Amazon rainforest that came under attack by indigenous people wielding bows and arrows is being evacuated by boat, authorities said Wednesday. Last week some 200 members of the Mashco-Piro ethnic group assaulted Monte Salvado, a small village near ...

Top world news of 2014

Dec 25, 2014

Top world news of 2014

The Japan Times editors selected these world stories as the most important of 2014. 1. The rise of the Islamic State group: A new threat emerges in the Middle East after militants seize land in Iraq and Syria, provoking outrage with gruesome videos of hostage ...