Magic in the air: Myanmar wizardry flourishes

Mar 12, 2017

Magic in the air: Myanmar wizardry flourishes

From spells to win back an errant lover to help communing with the spirits, Myanmar’s mediums, soothsayers and wizards dabbling in the occult, are in high demand. Most people here believe in a brand of Buddhism laced with animism and magic, but since the ...

Mar 12, 2017

Twin Damascus bombs kill 59, mostly Iraqi pilgrims

Twin bombs targeting Shiite pilgrims killed 59 people in Damascus on Saturday, most of them Iraqis, a monitoring group said of one of the bloodiest attacks in the Syrian capital. There have been periodic bombings in Damascus, but the stronghold of the regime of ...

U.S. walks tightrope with latest Syria troop plan

Mar 10, 2017

U.S. walks tightrope with latest Syria troop plan

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Rolling around 200 U.S. Marines backed with howitzers into northern Syria, the United States is shifting from working quietly behind the scenes in Syria’s conflict, turning instead toward overt displays of U.S. force in an attempt to shape the fight. The top U.S. commander ...

Nike unveils sports hijab for Muslim women athletes

Mar 8, 2017

Nike unveils sports hijab for Muslim women athletes

Nike has unveiled a hijab for Muslim female athletes. The Nike Pro Hijab has been in development for a year, the company said. Athletes contributed input into the product, and figure skater Zahra Lari was among those who tested it. The pull-on hijab is ...

Feb 27, 2017

Guatemala authorities expel Dutch 'abortion ship'

Guatemala has expelled a Dutch “abortion ship” carrying activists who had vowed to help women circumvent the country’s long-standing prohibition against terminating pregnancies, the army said Sunday. Activists from the group Women on Waves had been guarded aboard their moored sailboat by a navy ...