Czechs pick 'Czechia' as nation's alternative name

Apr 15, 2016

Czechs pick 'Czechia' as nation's alternative name

The Czech Republic’s leaders have chosen “Czechia” as the one-word alternative name of their country to make it easier for companies, politicians and sportsmen to use on products, name tags and jerseys. The choice, agreed on Thursday evening by the president, prime minister, heads ...

Panel OKs parole for former Manson cult member Van Houten

Apr 15, 2016

Panel OKs parole for former Manson cult member Van Houten

A California panel recommended parole Thursday for former Charles Manson follower Leslie Van Houten more than four decades after she and other cult members went to prison for the notorious killings of a wealthy grocer and his wife. The now-66-year-old Van Houten was “numb” ...

Mexican experts find early burial in first colonial cathedral

Apr 14, 2016

Mexican experts find early burial in first colonial cathedral

Archaeologists have found a massive stone slab covering the tomb of one of the first Catholic priests in Mexico following the 1521 Spanish conquest, a grave sunk into the floor of what appears to be an Aztec temple. The discovery suggests the extent to ...

'Caravaggio' masterpiece found in French attic

Apr 13, 2016

'Caravaggio' masterpiece found in French attic

A painting discovered in the attic of a house in France is an “authentic” work by Italian Renaissance master Caravaggio that could be worth up to 120 million euros, two experts said Tuesday. But others still have doubts over the spectacular canvas. The owners ...

Archbishop of Canterbury learns his father was secretary to Churchill

Apr 9, 2016

Archbishop of Canterbury learns his father was secretary to Churchill

Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, has discovered his biological father was the former private secretary to Britain’s war-time leader Winston Churchill, he said in a statement Friday. “In the last month I have discovered that my biological father is not Gavin Welby, but ...

Stone Age humans brought deer to Scottish islands by sea, DNA shows

Apr 7, 2016

Stone Age humans brought deer to Scottish islands by sea, DNA shows

Stone Age humans populated the Scottish islands with red deer transported “considerable distances” by boat, researchers said Wednesday. They admitted surprise at our prehistoric ancestors’ seafaring prowess. DNA analysis revealed that deer on Scotland’s northernmost islands were unlikely to have come from the closest ...

Elder Le Pen convicted of dismissing Holocaust

Apr 7, 2016

Elder Le Pen convicted of dismissing Holocaust

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder and former head of France’s far-right National Front party, has been convicted of denying crimes against humanity for repeating that the Nazi gas chambers are a “detail” of World War II history. A Paris court convicted Le Pen on ...