UN chief hails Pope Francis as a global spiritual leader

April 9, 2013 8:19pm VATICAN CITY – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday hailed Pope Francis as “a spiritual leader of the world” and emphasized goals of social justice shared between the Vatican and the United Nations. “It is very important to meet a spiritual leader of the world,” Ban said at the start…

No Sunday shopping: Dutch vote spawns some offbeat ideas

2012-09-07 10:39 by Jan Hennop THE HAGUE, Sept 7, 2012 (AFP) – Shutting the Netherlands down on Sundays, protecting an African language and living a work-free life are some of the more offbeat policies being put forward by Dutch parties ahead of Wednesday’s vote. A whopping 21 parties are contesting parliament’s 150 seats in the…

Ahmadinejad addresses U.N. General Assembly amid protests

Amid warnings from other world leaders—and planned protests outside—Mahmoud Ahmadinejad addressed the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, his last speech in front of the world body as president of Iran. The outspoken Iranian leader called for a “new world order,” criticizing capitalism and the United States and Europe for “trampling on the rights of…

Guernsey Sunday trading law review dropped

A planned review of Guernsey’s Sunday trading laws has been dropped, after the Commerce and Employment board announced its priorities for 2012-16. Deputy Kevin Stewart, the department’s minister since 1 May, said the review was “not a priority work stream”. Commerce and Employment announced in March that it would carry out a public consultation by…

Iran: We Can Hit 35 US Bases in ‘Minutes’

An Iranian military commander said that his country has detailed contingency plans to strike nearly three dozen U.S. military basesin the region should Iran be attacked, local media reported Wednesday. Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Force, told reporters the U.S. has 35 bases around Iran and all are “within the reach of our…

The 5 Grossest Things You’re Eating

There are two types of reality food shows on TV. The first features mouthwatering meals we wish we could eat right off our flat-screens. The second subjects us to gag-inducing footage of people wolfing down bull testicles, duck embryos, and puréed insects. Is your kitchen more a) MasterChef or b) Fear Factor? I’m sorry to say, the…

20 tons of herring wash up on Norway coast

An estimated 20 tons of dead herring fish mysteriously washed up on the cost of Norway and then disappeared. The fish remains turned up on Norway’s northern coast on New Year’s Eve, and officials are still looking to explain just how and why they showed up. “People say that something similar happened in the 80s,” said…