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Queen of England to broadcast Christmas speech in 3D

Queen Elizabeth II will broadcast her annual Christmas message to Britain and the Commonwealth in 3D television for the first time, Buckingham Palace announced on Thursday. Exactly 80 years after her grandfather king George V first started broadcasting a speech on December 25, the queen will embrace the new technology…

Pope puts Paul VI on path to sainthood

Pope Benedict XVI signed a decree on Thursday recognising the “heroic virtues” of late pope Paul VI, putting him on the first step towards beatification and eventual sainthood. Italian-born Giovanni Battista Montini, who was elected pope in 1963 and reigned until 1978, oversaw a complex series of reforms in the…

200th anniversary of Grimm’s Fairy Tales triggers a year of celebration and cultural examination

Red Riding Hood, Rapunzel and roots of Nazism on agenda at Kassel congress for 200th anniversary of brothers’ classic tales Once upon a time, two German brothers began collecting the best fairytales of their age. They gathered an array of stories involving princes and princesses, forests, castles and magic, but…

Dictator’s daughter Park Geun-hye elected South Korea’s first woman president

South Korea elects its first woman president, Park Geun-hye Park Geun-hye won a decisive victory Wednesday after a bitterly fought election for president of South Korea in which she overcame criticism of her legacy as the daughter of long-ruling dictator Park Chung-hee. So doing, she also overcame traditional barriers to…

‘Erin Brockovich’ toxin chromium-6 found at Japanese iron plant

THE toxic chemical made infamous by campaigning single mother Erin Brockovich has been found at up to 15,800 times safety limits in groundwater at a Japan iron plant, the factory’s operator said Thursday. Excessive amounts of hexavalent chromium were discovered at Nippon Denko’s plant in Tokushima in the country’s west…

Russia’s Putin denies propping up Syria’s Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday denied propping up Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and stressed that Moscow was only seeking to avert a perpetual civil war. “What is our position? Not to leave Assad’s regime in power at any price, but to first (let the Syrians) agree among themselves how…

Rape outcry shines light on India’s ‘misogyny’

Despite an outpouring of anger at a student’s gang-rape, observers say misogyny remains widespread in India where sex assaults are often dismissed as “teasing” and victims find themselves blamed for attacks. The Sunday night assault on a bus in New Delhi, which left the 23-year-old victim fighting for her life,…

Mayan apocalypse: China arrests nearly 1,000 doomsday ‘cult’ members of ‘Almighty God’

The Christian-inspired group “Almighty God” has been accused of spreading doomsday rumours apparently linked to the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar and urging followers to slay the “red dragon” of communism, state media reports said. Close to 1,000 followers of the sect, which state-run media labels an “evil cult” –…

Record-breaking support expected for UN anti-death penalty vote

A record number of countries are expected to back a UN General Assembly call for a moratorium on capital punishment on Thursday, diplomats said. The vote held every two years now sees the likes of the United States, Japan, China, Iran and Iraq stuck in a shrinking minority as pressure…

Palestinians flee Damascus camp battles in droves

Talks were held on Wednesday aimed at removing both rebel and pro-government fighters from a Damascus Palestinian refugee camp after deadly clashes, a Palestinian relief official told AFP, as the UN spoke of residents fleeing in droves. “Palestinian organisations that have remained neutral are overseeing talks between the (rebel) Free…

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