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Category archives: Celebrity

South Africa's Nelson Mandela dies in Johannesburg

  South Africa’s first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95. Mr Mandela led South Africa’s transition from white-minority rule in the 1990s, after 27 years in prison for his political activities. He had been receiving intensive medical care at home for a lung infection after spending three months in hospital. Announcing the news on South African national TV, President Jacob Zuma said […]

Nelson Mandela dead at 95

Anti-apartheid hero, imprisoned for 27 years, later became democratic South Africa’s first president. Nelson Mandela, one of the greatest leaders of modern times, passed away Thursday at his home in Johannesburg after a prolonged lung infection. He was 95. South African President Jacob Zuma announced that Mandela, “the founding president of our democratic nation, has departed,” adding that he “passed on peacefully.” “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our […]

Russia: Why is Putin always late?

Vladimir Putin’s legendary lateness is back in the spotlight after he kept Pope Francis waiting during a recent visit to the Vatican. What lies behind his chronic tardiness? The Russian president was 50 minutes late to meet the Pope on Monday. And papal courtiers were left “shivering” outside as they waited to welcome the Russian president, who was held up by women protesting outside his hotel in support of punk […]

Narendra Modi competes with Miley Cyrus for Time ‘Person of the Year’

New York: BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is among Time magazine’s shortlisted candidates for its ‘Person of the Year’ title and has emerged as an early favourite among the readers in an online poll. Time has shortlisted 42 global leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities for its ‘Person of the Year 2013′ and will announce the winner next month. Other candidates in fray are Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US President […]

Why did Pope Benedict XVI resign?

Benedict XVI shocked the world in February when he became the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. But attention shifted quickly to the succession, and the election of the new Pope, Francis. Amid the drama, one question was never fully answered – why did Benedict quit? Pope Benedict’s official resignation statement offered his waning physical and mental powers as the explanation, but it’s long been suspected there was […]

Oldest Buddhist shrine holds clues to Buddha's birth

STORY HIGHLIGHTS Archaeologists have found Buddhist shrine from sixth century B.C. Its remains were found under a known Buddhist shrine, built about 300 years later Results are published in the journal Antiquity The older structure seems to have been made of timber There are about 500 million Buddhists worldwide, but it’s unclear exactly when in history this religion began. The Buddha’s life story spread first through oral tradition, and little […]

'No, I didn't kill Michael. He did it himself... with a massive overdose using his own stash': What really happened the night Jackson died, by Dr Conrad Murray, the doctor jailed for the death of the King of Pop

‘No, I didn’t kill Michael. He did it himself… with a massive overdose using his own stash’: What really happened the night Jackson died, by Dr Conrad Murray, the doctor jailed for the death of the King of Pop Dr Conrad Murray, 60, was convicted of killing Michael Jackson Proclaiming his innocence, he claims Jackson took an overdose Reveals ‘truth’ about the King of Pop’s last months in exclusive interview […]

What will happen to them when I am gone?' Heartbreak of devoted aunt who cares for disfigured man blessed by the Pope and his sister who is blighted by same disease

Vinicio Riva, 53, suffers from the genetic disease neorofibromatosis His aunt Caterina Lotto fears he and his sister Morena will have to live in a care home when she dies as there will be no one to look after them The pair have learning difficulties and do not leave the house without her Condition has left him covered from head-to-toe in non-contagious growths Earlier this month Pope Francis embraced and […]

Why JP Singh is every Indian farmer's best friend

How did an unassuming Varanasi farmer and school dropout come to be sought after by farmers, praised by experts and awarded by the government for his famous seeds? I’m in Varanasi, looking for the house of JP Singh. Spirituality soaks everyone and everything in Varanasi, also called Benares and Kashi – the holiest of seven holy cities in Hinduism. Key to the founding of both Buddhism and Sikhism, home to […]

The Girl whose rape changed the country

She was attacked at a rural police station, and her landmark case awakened India decades ago. But did she manage to love, have children, find happiness? New headlines about rape in my homeland set me on a journey to find her. She was 14, maybe 16, when they raped her. It was 1972, and I was 9. The India of her youth was the India of mine — except she […]