Russia probes metro bomber as dead mourned

Apr 5, 2017

Russia probes metro bomber as dead mourned

Russia on Wednesday probed the potential motives of the alleged bomber behind a blast in the St. Petersburg metro that killed 14 people, as the grieving city mourned its dead. Investigators have identified the attacker as 22-year-old Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, believed to be a Russian ...

Himalayan glaciers granted status of 'living entities'

Apr 2, 2017

Himalayan glaciers granted status of 'living entities'

An Indian court has recognized Himalayan glaciers, lakes and forests as “legal persons” in an effort to curb environmental destruction, weeks after it granted similar status to the country’s two most sacred rivers. In a decision that aims to widen environmental protections in the ...

Mar 30, 2017

Top Tibetan lama abandons monkhood to marry old friend

A senior Tibetan lama at the center of a long-running row over one of Buddhism’s most important titles has abandoned the monkhood altogether after marrying a childhood friend in India, his office said Thursday. Thaye Dorje, 33, has claimed since childhood to be the ...

Iran steps up support for Shiite ally in Yemen proxy war

Mar 29, 2017

Iran steps up support for Shiite ally in Yemen proxy war

Iran is sending advanced weapons and military advisers to Yemen’s rebel Houthi movement, stepping up support for its Shiite ally in a civil war whose outcome could sway the balance of power in the Middle East, regional and Western sources say. Iran’s enemy Saudi ...