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Four mythological symbols of China found along 1,700-year-old Silk Road

Four mythological symbols of China found along 1,700-year-old Silk Road Watch

Asia Pacific

The four mythological symbols of China - the White Tiger of the West, the Vermilion Bird of the South, and the Black Turtle of the North and the ...

China is taking the lead in the fight against Ebola with a brand new, 100-bed, medical facility

China is taking the lead in the fight against Ebola with a brand new, 100-bed, medical facility Watch

Africa

China has stepped up its efforts in the battle against Ebola in West Africa, opening a new treatment center in Liberia that can hold 100 patients.

Evangelical, Missionary Pope Francis Calls Europe to Return to Jesus Christ and Christian Roots

Evangelical, Missionary Pope Francis Calls Europe to Return to Jesus Christ and Christian Roots Watch

Europe

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

I believe that Europe has many resources for going forward. It's like a sickness that Europe has today. A wound. And the greatest resource is the ...

Father William Nolan appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of Galloway

Father William Nolan appointed by Pope Francis as Bishop of Galloway Watch

Europe

Pope Francis has appointed Father William Nolan, vicar general of Motherwell, as Bishop of Galloway. Father Nolan says he is "over-awed" by the ...

Agreement between Vatican and China remains far from certainty

Agreement between Vatican and China remains far from certainty Watch

Asia Pacific

While there appear warming overtures both between the Vatican and China, seemingly insurmountable differences remain. The general consensus is ...

Signs of desperation: Islamic State offers rewards for capture of foreign 'spies'

Signs of desperation: Islamic State offers rewards for capture of foreign 'spies' Watch

Middle East

While leaders of the Islamic State have claimed that the airstrikes by the U.S. and coalition allies are ineffective, it has garnered a reaction ...

Abortion as a contraceptive? The ugly truth of abortion in Vietnam

Abortion as a contraceptive? The ugly truth of abortion in Vietnam Watch

Asia Pacific

A report from Vietnam's Hanoi Central Obstetrics Hospital has revealed that 40% of all pregnancies in Vietnam end in abortion, a figure that is ...

Pakistani court rules that Christian woman will be put to death

Pakistani court rules that Christian woman will be put to death Watch

Middle East

A high court in Pakistan's eastern city of Lahore has confirmed the death sentence of a Christian woman who was convicted of blasphemy, ...

Pope Francis appoints Robert Sarah to head the Vatican's congregation of liturgical practices

Pope Francis appoints Robert Sarah to head the Vatican's congregation of liturgical practices Watch

Europe

Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea has been appointed the new head for the Vatican congregation that oversees and determines the liturgical ...

20 minors rescued in India child-trafficking bust

20 minors rescued in India child-trafficking bust Watch

Asia Pacific

A massive police crackdown on organized child trafficking has led to the arrest of 10 child traffickers and the rescue of 20 minors in India.

Rome's Colosseum to host cultural events again

Rome's Colosseum to host cultural events again Watch

Europe

It once hosted bloody sports galore, with gladiators fighting to the death as well as Christians being thrown to the lions. Now, Rome, Colosseum ...

Armed bandits make off with blood - tainted with Ebola - in Guinea

Armed bandits make off with blood - tainted with Ebola - in Guinea Watch

Africa

Some armed thieves in Guinea are either going to make a most unwelcome surprise - or use it for nefarious ends. A minibus carrying blood ...

28 people pulled from Kenyan bus and shot dead execution-style by Shebab terrorists

28 people pulled from Kenyan bus and shot dead execution-style by Shebab terrorists Watch

Africa

A bus in Kenya was hijacked by Shebab terrorists before 28 non-Muslims were executed at point-blank range. The attack was in retaliation for ...

Two Tuareg merchants found slain near Algerian border

Two Tuareg merchants found slain near Algerian border Watch

Africa

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Two Malian Tuareg merchants on their way to Kidal, northern Mali were attacked by a terrorist group. Both were killed. Their bodies were later ...

40 dead in Madagascar plague outbreak

40 dead in Madagascar plague outbreak Watch

Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that a recent outbreak of bubonic plague has occurred in Madagascar and has so far killed 40 people.

A prelude to war! Chinese island building project aimed to create military bases in South China Sea

A prelude to war! Chinese island building project aimed to create military bases in South China Sea Watch

Asia Pacific

New satellite images are showing that China has begun constructing an island on a reef near the disputed Spratly Islands, which could be large ...

Syria's 1,500-year-old Christian community under imminent threat in civil war

Syria's 1,500-year-old Christian community under imminent threat in civil war Watch

Middle East

As reported by Ruth Sherlock of the Telegraph, the Syrian town of Izraa, home one of the world's oldest Christian communities, is under threat ...

Land-locked African kingdom provides fish for Japan's sushi fix

Land-locked African kingdom provides fish for Japan's sushi fix Watch

Africa

The small mountain kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa would appear to be an unlikely place for commercial fishing. Land-locked and located high in ...

Obianuju Ekeocha: Western Giants Launch Dangerous and Controversial Contraceptive in Africa

Obianuju Ekeocha: Western Giants Launch Dangerous and Controversial Contraceptive in Africa Watch

Africa

By Obianuju Ekeocha

Who will speak up for the women of Africa? Who will lament the crass disregard for their well-being? Who will complain about the cruel disrespect ...

Boko Haram undermines stability of Nigeria

Boko Haram undermines stability of Nigeria Watch

Africa

While the Nigerian army has made movies to retake two small villages overrun by the Islamist sect Boko Haram, another terrorist attack was ...

Faithful gather to celebrate 500 years of the Catholic Church in Myanmar

Faithful gather to celebrate 500 years of the Catholic Church in Myanmar Watch

Asia Pacific

As the Catholic Church there begins to celebrate its 500 years there, Christianity remains a small minority in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar. ...

China's icy heart? Has the Catholic Church warmed up the Asian superpower?

China's icy heart? Has the Catholic Church warmed up the Asian superpower? Watch

Asia Pacific

Relations between the Vatican and China have been frosty since the communist takeover in the 1950s, and the Holy See has found it very difficult ...

Lessons not learned: 132 Indian women sterilized in five hours following tragedy

Lessons not learned: 132 Indian women sterilized in five hours following tragedy Watch

Asia Pacific

The nation of India recently saw the deaths of 13 women, with as many as 50 women seriously injured after a hasty mass sterilization camp in ...

Jordan's Queen Rania denounces ISIS for plunging Arab world 'back to the Dark Ages'

Jordan's Queen Rania denounces ISIS for plunging Arab world 'back to the Dark Ages' Watch

Middle East

Known for her poise and beauty, Queen Rania didn't hold back in denouncing the repugnant activities of Islamic State during a powerful address to ...

Who really was Jack the Ripper? New evidence points to one man

Who really was Jack the Ripper? New evidence points to one man Watch

Europe

A new theory about the identity of infamous 19th century London serial killer Jack the Ripper may explain why the murderer was able to elude ...

Defense officials warn that airstrikes are not stopping Islamic State's conquest of Iraq and Syria

Defense officials warn that airstrikes are not stopping Islamic State's conquest of Iraq and Syria Watch

Middle East

President Obama's multi-month campaign of airstrikes against Islamic State forces in Iraq and Syria, while a major moral booster for Iraqi forces ...

Humanitarian truce declared in Libya to evacuate civilians

Humanitarian truce declared in Libya to evacuate civilians Watch

Africa

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Forces loyal to the retired General Khalifa Haftar fighting Islamist groups such as Ansar Charia in Libya has reached a boiling point. The two ...

Former African child slave speaks out

Former African child slave speaks out Watch

Africa

By Emma Batha, Thomson Reuters Foundation

At six years old James Kofi Annan was sold into slavery. For seven years he risked his life diving into the murky waters of Ghana's vast Lake ...