There was no "double-dealing," no oil deal and no private assurances to Libya in an effort to secure the release of the convicted Lockerbie bomber, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Wednesday.
While Hurricane Gustav was chewing up Cuba and storming toward Louisiana, the screen of the Venice Film Festival’s Sala Grande was showing a very sweet tsunami. In the animated movie Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, the swelling waves take the form of dolphins, and when a Japanese coastal village gets submerged no one is killed or hurt just amusingly displaced. The rising up of the marine world is not insurrection against humanity but gently cautionary instruction for it
The Church of England is offering unmarried parents who want to tie the knot the option of having baptisms for their children at the same time. The offer is a response to demand after church-sponsored research showed that 20 percent of couples getting married in a church already had children, whether together or from a previous relationship, the church said
If you or your parents are of a certain age, then you may understand the unique terror of suddenly drawing a blank that unexpected moment when you can’t remember the name of a lifelong friend or what you had for lunch that day. You wonder, anxiously, “Have I stepped down the long, slow, inexorable road to losing my mind?” There is, of course, no cure for memory loss, and no preventive vaccine
The picture says it all. The shot of 14-year-old Curtis D.
It’s hard out there for a pope these days. On Thursday, Pope Benedict XVI launched what he is calling “The Year of Priests,” exhorting Roman Catholics to spend the coming year honoring the sacrifice of their local pastors and directing priests to encourage each other so that they might, among other things, “be able to live fully the gift of celibacy and build thriving Christian communities.” Overshadowing the Pope’s declaration, however, was the news that earlier in the week Father Alberto Cutie the Miami-based priest and television personality who left the Catholic church last month amid soap opera-worthy scandal had married his girlfriend of two years.
Concerned about her family’s finances, a university student in Australia cashed some long-forgotten lottery tickets this week — hoping the money would help her parents. She discovered their worries are over. The university student won $10 million (A$13 million) — and helped solve a lottery mystery that has made headlines in Western Australia for 10 months.
For the past 15 years, "Mama Bona" has taken care of dozens of children who have been abandoned, separated from their families and orphaned in the long-running conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. When she cannot find a family to host them, they are welcome to stay at her house. Most are Congolese or Rwandan
A journalist — Steve Lopez of the Los Angeles Times — meets a homeless guy on the street playing Beethoven on the last two strings on a fiddle. He’s not performing for the public. If he has an audience in mind at all, it’s the German composer — he’s placed himself in the shadow of Beethoven’s statue in Pershing Square in Los Angeles
The big winner out of this week’s Summit of the Americas in Trinidad may be a decades-old book about the exploitation of Latin American people throughout history. Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, whose anti-U.S