The mass this Sunday at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in West Palm Beach will be offered on behalf of five people. Only one of them is a recently deceased head of a global terrorist network.
There are few men in the world who haven’t muttered a quiet word of thanks to the anonymous man who invented the name tag, that “Hello, my name is” accessory that can be such a lifesaver at cocktail parties. It’s not certain, of course, that a man invented it, but the odds are good, since so many males far more than females would be helpless without it
Just about every day, I am reminded that I haven’t quite decided who I am. This morning I filled out the application for an International Driving Permit: circle Miss, Mrs.
The violence that has claimed at least 156 lives in the western Chinese region of Xinjiang this week is rooted in long-standing grievances among China’s Uighur minority. The Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighurs were traditionally the dominant ethnic group in the region whose Mandarin name, Xinjiang, means simply “New Frontier” perhaps a reflection of the fact that the region was only brought under Beijing’s control in its entirety during the 19th century rein of the Qing dynasty.
The mysterious metallic balloon thought to be carrying a Colorado boy had scarcely returned to Earth last week when a new website launched, its domain name asking the question much of the nation was wondering: WhereIsBalloonBoy.com.
Fresh fighting erupted Sunday between Somalia’s transitional government forces and Islamist rebels, continuing a wave of violence that a top United Nations official called a "grave violation of human rights" that could possibly amount to war crimes. The 37-year-old Canadian, who was born in Italy and made his name as a fighter based in New Jersey, was staying in the north-eastern seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas. Police are investigating, with several media reports suggesting foul play.
Former world boxing champion Arturo Gatti has been found dead in a hotel in Brazil, where he had been on holiday with his wife and young child. The 37-year-old Canadian, who was born in Italy and made his name as a fighter based in New Jersey, was staying in the north-eastern seaside resort of Porto de Galihnas.
When the sun went down, their voices did not. “Allah O Akbar!” the crowds on the tops of building chanted over and over.
Global economic troubles are fueling a human-rights crisis, Amnesty International warned as it released its "Report 2009: State of the World’s Human Rights" on Thursday. “The economic downturn has aggravated abuses, distracted attention from them and created new problems,” Amnesty Secretary General Irene Khan said in a news release. “In the name of security, human rights were trampled on
American radio talk-show host Michael Savage said he wants an apology from Britain’s home secretary and his name removed from a list of people banned from entering the United Kingdom. “I’ve heard from British attorneys who are salivating to set the record straight and win quite a large settlement should she not remove my name from the list,” Savage said in an interview broadcast Thursday on CNN’s “American Morning.” Savage was referring to Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, whose office recently excluded 22 people from entering the country because the government feels they have been “stirring up hatred.” The British government has cited Savage — who is on the list under his real name, Michael Alan Weiner — for “seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred which might lead to inter-community violence.” Savage has made controversial statements against homosexuality, illegal immigrants from Mexico and Islam. He said that “borders, language and culture is the real message of ‘The Savage Nation,’ ” his radio talk show.