Society

You can now sing 'Happy Birthday' free of charge - 06/29/2016

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES- A US federal judge on Monday signed off on a settlement that puts the song "Happy Birthday" -- considered one of the most recognizable tunes in the English language -- in...

Bahrain activist back in jail despite worsening health: lawyer - 06/29/2016

DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES- Prominent Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab was returned to prison from hospital despite his health "getting worse," one of his lawyers said Wednesday. The...

Graffiti 'artist' who tagged national parks pleads guilty - 06/14/2016

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES- A California woman who defaced some of America's most iconic landmarks in the name of art pleaded guilty Monday and was sentenced to two years' probation and 200 hours of...

More than 45 million trapped in modern slavery: study - 05/31/2016

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA- More than 45 million men, women and children globally are trapped in modern slavery, far more than previously thought, with two-thirds in the Asia-Pacific, a study showed Tuesday....

Archbishop of Canterbury reveals he was born illegitimate - 04/09/2016

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM- The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has confirmed that he is the illegitimate son of a one-time private secretary to Winston Churchill, after a newspaper reported the...

World Trade Center lit in solidarity with Belgium - 03/23/2016

NEW YORK, UNITED STATES- New York's World Trade Center was lit Tuesday in solidarity with Belgium after around 35 people were killed in bombings in Brussels. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo posted a...

Refugee conditions in Greece 'deteriorating': Angelina Jolie - 03/17/2016

ATHENS, GREECE- Hollywood star and UNHCR goodwill ambassador Angelina Jolie turned the spotlight of celebrity Wednesday onto the plight of thousands of refugees crowded in camps in Greece. After...

Vatileaks trial to resume next week with witness testimony - 03/08/2016

VATICAN CITY, HOLY SEE- The Vatican trial of five people accused of leaking or publishing stolen confidential documents will resume next week, with witnesses taking the stand, a spokesman said...

John Paul II had 'intense' friendship with married woman: BBC - 02/16/2016

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, James Pheby- Pope John Paul II had a close relationship with a married woman which lasted over 30 years according to letters which feature in a documentary being shown by the...

US woman upset over botched haircut pulls gun on barber - 02/11/2016

LOS ANGELES, UNITED STATES- A California woman gave new meaning to the saying "bad hair day" on Wednesday after she tried to shoot her stylist over a botched haircut, police said. Adrian Blanche...
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