Crown Prince, Princess attend Tonga coronation ceremony

Jul 4, 2015

Crown Prince, Princess attend Tonga coronation ceremony

Crown Prince Naruhito and Crown Princess Masako attended the coronation of Tonga’s new king on Saturday. The coronation service for King Tupou VI was held at the Free Wesleyan Centenary Church in the capital, Nuku’alofa. The Japanese couple attended a luncheon hosted at the ...

Tongans begin coronation festivities with kava ceremony

Jun 28, 2015

Tongans begin coronation festivities with kava ceremony

Tonga on Saturday began a week of celebrations to mark the upcoming coronation of King Tupou VI, the Pacific nation’s monarch, with an ancient ceremony involving the mildly narcotic drink kava. The build-up to this coming Saturday’s coronation started near the Royal Palace in ...

Thousands mark summer solstice at Britain's Stonehenge

Jun 21, 2015

Thousands mark summer solstice at Britain's Stonehenge

Nine people were arrested as thousands gathered at the prehistoric stone circle of Stonehenge to mark the longest day of the year, British police said Sunday. Around 23,000 people, some with flowers in their hair and playing drums and accordions, showed up at the ...

Jun 18, 2015

Muslims worldwide to mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday

Muslims around the world will mark the start of Ramadan on Thursday, a month of intense prayer, dawn-to-dusk fasting and nightly feasts. Muslims follow a lunar calendar and a moon-sighting methodology that can lead to different countries declaring the start of Ramadan a day ...

In Uganda, desire for money, power behind child sacrifices

Jun 18, 2015

In Uganda, desire for money, power behind child sacrifices

Kanani and Sylvia, a brother and sister ages 9 and 8, were grazing the family cattle in rural Uganda when they were approached by a man they vaguely knew. Sperito Bisekwa was angry. He accused the children of allowing their cows to eat his ...

Romantic street art replaces love locks on Paris bridge

Jun 11, 2015

Romantic street art replaces love locks on Paris bridge

Panels of street art have been installed on Paris’s Pont des Arts to replace the hundreds of thousands of “love locks” that weighed down the bridge’s balustrade until the city began removing them last week. The temporary exhibition on the theme of love, assembled ...