UK prosecutors admit destroying key emails in Julian Assange case

Correspondence between CPS and its Swedish counterparts about WikiLeaks founder deleted after lawyer retired in 2014 Ewen MacAskill and Owen Bowcott The Guardian The Crown Prosecution Service is facing embarrassment after admitting it destroyed key emails relating to the WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who is holed up in Ecuador’s London embassy […]

Germany must legally recognize ‘third gender’ from birth – top court

RT Germany’s top court has called on the country’s parliament to legally recognize a ‘third gender’ which allows intersex people to identify as neither male nor female. Germany could become the first European country to allow a third gender on birth certificates. The current law on civil status discriminates against […]

Pope Francis meets ‘The Elders’ to discuss global concerns

Vatican Radio Pope Francis had a private meeting at Santa Marta on Monday afternoon with members of The Elders, an independent group of global leaders working for peace and human rights around the world. The Elders was established 10 years ago by former South African President Nelson Mandela and is currently marking the group’s 10th anniversary with […]

Venezuela: Teenage Girls Turn to Prostitution to Fight Starvation

Ben Kew Breitbart (Archive) Growing numbers of young girls in Venezuela are selling their bodies for sex in exchange for food as the crisis-stricken country’s humanitarian crisis continues to worsen. A report from the American Spanish-language channel Telemundo recounts a 13-year-old girl’s experience of the sex trade. “Neither my mother nor my father […]

At Vatican, ‘Tenets of Faith’ Seen as Crucial in Climate Change Effort

Elisabetta Povoledo The New York Times (Archive) VATICAN CITY — Religious leaders need to tell congregations that global warming can affect not just the environment, but also the spread of diseases and other threats to human health, participants said at a Vatican conference on Saturday on climate change, an issue […]

Preaching ‘Climate Change’ in Vatican, Jerry Brown Says ‘Trump Factor Is Very Small’

Thomas D. Williams, PhD. Breitbart (Archive) California Governor Jerry Brown downplayed President Trump’s influence on the climate change debate in the U.S. at a Vatican symposium Saturday, saying that his impact is “very small.” Governor Brown delivered the keynote address at a climate change symposium organized by the Pontifical Academy […]

Drone delivers fried chicken to residents of city in Fukushima

The Asahi Shimbun (Archive) MINAMI-SOMA, Fukushima Prefecture–An experimental project using a drone to deliver fried foods has started in this city affected by the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. The joint project by Internet company Rakuten Inc. and convenience store operator Lawson Inc. is aimed at spurring the return of elderly evacuees […]

China says insulting anthem now criminal, punishable by jail

The Associated Press (Archive) BEIJING–China’s rubber-stamp legislature on Saturday made disrespecting the national anthem a criminal offense punishable by up to three years in prison amid rising nationalist appeals from the ruling Communist Party under the leadership of President Xi Jinping. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed […]

No cash accepted at Tokyo eatery to deal with labor shortage

Azusa Ushio The Asahi Shimbun (Archive) FUKUOKA–Restaurant chain operator Royal Holdings Co. has cooked up an innovative solution to overcome the labor shortage problem–eliminating cash payments. Cashless restaurant Gathering Table Pantry will open on a trial basis in Tokyo on Nov. 6 with a “No Cash” sign at its entrance. […]

Pope Francis: ‘Christians Are Called to Revitalize Europe’

Thomas D. Williams, PhD. Breitbart (Archive) Reflecting on the contribution of Christianity to Europe’s future, Pope Francis said that as Saint Benedict did in the sixth century, today’s Christians “are called to revitalize Europe and to revive its conscience.” Citing the ancient Letter to Diognetus, the Pope said that “what the soul […]

Hungarian PM Orbán: ‘Soros Network Aims to Create a Europe of Mixed Population’

Thomas D. Williams, PhD. Breitbart (Archive) Billionaire George Soros is trying to use mass immigration to dilute European ethnic cultures into one anonymous blend, according to Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Speaking on Hungarian radio Friday morning, the redoubtable prime minister denounced the campaign of the Soros-funded “Open Society” network to aggressively drive […]