Asia Pacific Aug 23, 2019

Four months after Easter attacks, Sri Lanka ends emergency

Sri Lanka has ended a four-month state of emergency declared after Easter suicide bombings by Islamist extremists that killed 258 people, officials said Friday. President Maithripala Sirisena has been extending the emergency on the 22nd of each month since the April 21 attacks on three ...

Vatican says no recent bones found in search of ossuary

World Jul 29, 2019

Vatican says no recent bones found in search of ossuary

Experts say they have found no recent bones in their examination of an ossuary as part of a search for a teenager who disappeared 36 years ago, Vatican officials said Sunday. But an expert representing the family of the missing girl has called for more ...

Abortion foes limiting wounded U.S. veterans' IVF benefits

World / Science & Health Jul 25, 2019

Abortion foes limiting wounded U.S. veterans' IVF benefits

A federal program to help wounded veterans and their spouses conceive children through in vitro fertilization is being hobbled by anti-abortion forces that oppose how the process can lead to embryos being destroyed. Since 2012, Democrats in Congress have repeatedly championed legislation permanently extending IVF ...

World Jun 23, 2019

After 62 years, Israeli city finally changes name to avoid confusion

An Israeli city often confused with its famous neighbor, Nazareth, where Christians believe Jesus was raised, has changed its name in the hope of consolidating its separate identity. A poll of over 10,000 residents of Nazareth Illit (Upper Nazareth) overwhelmingly approved the proposal to rename ...