Israel in push to get Christians into army

Apr 23, 2014

Israel in push to get Christians into army

Israel said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to encourage military enlistment by Christian Arab citizens, a community long closer to the larger Muslim minority in identifying with the Palestinians. Israel’s Christian Arabs number about 160,000, some 2 percent of the Jewish state’s ...

Apr 23, 2014

Spanish village with 'Kill Jews' in name considers change

The tiny Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios, whose second name means “Kill Jews,” will hold a referendum next month to decide if it should change the name that offends outsiders and embarrasses some residents, its mayor said Tuesday. The village’s 56 registered voters will ...

John Paul legacy threatened by abuse scandal

Apr 22, 2014

John Paul legacy threatened by abuse scandal

Pope John Paul II is rightly credited with having helped bring down communism, of inspiring a new generation of Catholics with a globe-trotting papacy and of explaining church teaching on a range of hot-button issues as Christianity entered its third millennium. But the sexual ...

Cured Costa Rican seen as celebrity

Apr 20, 2014

Cured Costa Rican seen as celebrity

On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. “Stand up,” Mora recalled the image of the pope ...

Pakistan police bust gang of suspected sectarian killers

Apr 19, 2014

Pakistan police bust gang of suspected sectarian killers

Pakistani police said Saturday they have arrested six men suspected of carrying out a series of high-profile sectarian killings in the eastern city of Lahore as part of the militant outfit Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. The arrests were a rare success for the police in the country’s ...

Time slips quietly by for Austria nun resort

Apr 16, 2014

Time slips quietly by for Austria nun resort

Being blasted with jets of hot and cold water by a 70-year-old nun may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it has some devoted fans. They return year after year to Marienkron, an Austrian health resort 3 km (2 miles) from the Hungarian ...

Apr 16, 2014

Syria rebels 'get U.S.-made missiles'

Syrian rebels fighting to topple President Bashar Assad for the first time received at least 20 U.S.-made TOW anti-tank missiles from a “Western source,” a rebel official said Tuesday. “Moderate, well-organized fighters from the Hazm movement have for the first time received more than ...

New York police end Muslim surveillance program

Apr 16, 2014

New York police end Muslim surveillance program

A special New York Police Department unit that sparked controversy by tracking the daily lives of Muslims in an effort to detect terrorist threats has been disbanded, police officials said Tuesday. NYPD spokesman Stephen Davis confirmed that detectives assigned to the unit had been ...