New Zealand river recognized as 'legal person'

/ Mar 16, 2017

New Zealand river recognized as 'legal person'

A New Zealand river revered by Maori has been recognized by parliament as a “legal person,” in a move believed to be a world first. Under legislation passed Wednesday that combines Western legal precedent with Maori mysticism, the Whanganui River has been formally declared ...

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 ...

Rio Carnival crowns champion after accident-marred festivities

Mar 2, 2017

Rio Carnival crowns champion after accident-marred festivities

Rio de Janeiro’s Carnival crowned a champion of its elite samba school parade on Wednesday, capping festivities marred by two accidents that injured more than 30 people. By winning the Carnival’s headline event, the Portela samba school ended a 33-year losing streak, nabbing the ...

Descendants of slaves make a voodoo pilgrimage in Benin

Jan 13, 2017

Descendants of slaves make a voodoo pilgrimage in Benin

Every January, thousands of voodoo worshippers joined by crowds of tourists and descendants of slaves trudge down the long sand track leading to the beach at Ouidah in Benin. The cars, motorbikes and women in wrap skirts with tribal scars on their cheeks head ...

Christmas Eve brings pilgrims to Bethlehem, fears in Europe

Dec 25, 2016

Christmas Eve brings pilgrims to Bethlehem, fears in Europe

Christian leaders from the Vatican to Bethlehem struck a sombre note on Christmas Eve speaking of war, fear and division, as cities in Europe ramped up security in the shadow of the Berlin market attack. At the Vatican, Pope Francis urged the world’s 1.2 ...