Society

French island gripped by 'Christ face' on church cushion - 03/14/2009

SAINT-DENIS, March 14, 2009 (AFP) - Thousands flocked to a Roman Catholic church on the French Indian Ocean island of Reunion Saturday after believers said they saw the "face of Christ" in the pleats...

US Catholic church paid 436 mln dlrs for abuse cases - 03/13/2009

The US Roman Catholic church paid out 436 million dollars in 2008 for sex abuse cases involving clergy members, showed an official report Friday aimed at healing deep wounds of the scandal that blew...

A tribute to women's day : Your Only Fault is You Forgot How Valuable You Are… - 03/12/2009

Dear Woman, I know that in reality you cannot move on your own, you still cannot have the initiative, and can not provide your own decisions. You are still dependent on men and live under...

The 'cocktail of risk' behind senseless shootings - 03/12/2009

Politicians and experts on both sides of the Atlantic were squaring up Thursday to calls for tougher gun laws and tighter monitoring of video games, after two more horrific massacres. The debate...

German school shooter 'made Internet threat' - 03/12/2009

A teenager who went on a rampage in his old school announced his intentions on the Internet just hours earlier, an official said Thursday, as Germany mourned the 15 people he gunned down. "I have...

UN narcotics body changes strategy - 03/12/2009

The UN's drug-policy body CND laid out Thursday in Vienna a new action plan to tackle the global drug problem, with special emphasis on treatment and rehabilitation. Ministers and heads of state...

Women's Day marks crisis of poverty, violence - 03/09/2009

Women rallied worldwide Sunday to demand equal rights and protest against domestic violence and growing poverty in the global economic crisis as they marked International Women's Day. Thousands...

Hundreds halted at border after NKorea shuts phone lines - 03/09/2009

SEOUL, March 9, 2009 (AFP) - More than 700 South Koreans were blocked from travelling to a joint industrial complex in North Korea on Monday after Pyongyang cut its last communication channel with...

Gay parents row splits French government - 03/08/2009

A French bill granting rights to stepparents sparked a row in government Tuesday when a minister described it as an under-handed way of recognizing gay parents and vowed to fight the measure....

Austrian village offers free land to boost population - 03/08/2009

VIENNA, March 7, 2009 (AFP) - A village in northern Austria, worried by its dwindling population, is offering free land to all who pledge to start a family in a decade, the Kurier newspaper reported...
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