Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

Aug 18, 2014

Pope leaves South Korea after urging peace

Pope Francis wrapped up his first trip to Asia on Monday by challenging Koreans — from the North and the South — to reject the “mindset of suspicion and confrontation” that clouds their relations and find new ways to forge peace on the war-divided ...

Materialism a tough sell for Pope in South Korea

Aug 17, 2014

Materialism a tough sell for Pope in South Korea

Pope Francis’ appeal in South Korea for Catholics to combat the allure of materialism might be a hard sell in the newly rich and hypercompetitive country. Far from being considered an evil, the trappings of wealth are often linked there to the hard work, ...

Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

Aug 17, 2014

Islamic fighters kill scores of Yazidi men in Iraq

Islamic extremists shot scores of Yazidi men to death in Iraq, lining them up in small groups and opening fire with assault rifles before abducting their wives and children, according to an eyewitness, government officials and people who live in the area. A Yazidi ...

Islamic State executed 700 from Syrian tribe

Aug 17, 2014

Islamic State executed 700 from Syrian tribe

The Islamic State militant group has executed 700 members of a tribe it has been battling in eastern Syria during the past two weeks, the majority of them civilians, a human rights monitoring group and activists said on Saturday. The Syrian Observatory for Human ...

Aug 17, 2014

U.S. conducts airstrikes in Iraq near Irbil and Mosul dam

Washington REUTERS The United States on Saturday conducted airstrikes in Iraq against Islamic State fighters near the Kurdish capital of Irbil and the Mosul dam, the U.S. Central Command said. The dam, Iraq’s biggest, fell under control of Islamic State militants earlier this month. ...

Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Aug 16, 2014

Pope puts English on display for first time in South Korea

Pope Francis usually refuses to speak anything other than Italian or his native Spanish in public, apparently uncomfortable with his abilities even when reading from a prepared text. But he has gamely ventured into uncharted linguistic territory during his South Korea visit, delivering a ...

Aug 15, 2014

India sets age limit for Krishna birthday pyramids

India’s top court said Thursday that children as young as 12 can climb atop towering human pyramids in a popular Hindu celebration that has seen deaths and injuries in past years. Devotees celebrate the birthday of the child god Krishna each August by forming ...