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Vatican to make John Paul II a saint

John Paul II is credited as helping to end Communist rule in Europe The Vatican says Pope John Paul II is to become a saint. Pope Francis cleared the way for his canonisation, expected later this year, after a second miracle was attributed to the late pontiff’s intervention. The Polish-born pope led the Roman Catholic Church from 1978 until his death in 2005. Pope Francis also approved the sainthood of […]

Four Indian-American kid chefs win White House challenge

Washington: Four Indian-American kids have made it to the exclusive list of 54 winners of the White House-launched national ‘Healthy Lunchtime Challenge’ by coming out with a healthy menu. These 54 kids would be honoured by none other than the First Lady, Michelle Obama, at the Kids’ “State Dinner” at the White House on July 9. The group will join the First Lady for a healthy lunch, featuring a selection […]

Court orders return of Mandela children's bodies

JOHANNESBURG: A South African court ruled on Wednesday that Nelson Mandela’s grandson must return the bodies of the former president’s three deceased children to their original burial site. The court ruled against grandson Mandla Mandela, who moved the bodies of three Mandela children in 2011 from Mandela’s hometown in Qunu to his birthplace of Mvezo, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away. The family members claimed Mandla Mandela moved the graves […]

Obama 'humbled' to visit Mandela's Robben Island jail

US President Barack Obama has toured Robben Island – the jail in which Nelson Mandela was kept for 18 years. He said he and his family were “deeply humbled” to visit the prison once inhabited by Mr Mandela – who remains critically ill in hospital. Mr Obama will go on to give a speech at the University of Cape Town and launch a multi-billion-dollar electricity initiative. The US leader did […]

Dudley Zoo's snow leopard cub shown to public

There’s much excitement in the snow leopard enclosure as the first cub to be born at DZG in 12 years is set to make its public debut. The youngster, who was born on May 2, has been cosying up to mum, four-year-old Nanga in the internal den since birth, but this week has been peeking into the glass viewing area much to the delight of visitors.     Assistant Curator, Richard Brown, said staff were delighted with […]

Qataris praise smooth transition

A mixture of sadness and hope was felt among many Qataris as rumours that the emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, had decided to hand over power to his 33-year-old son, came true. On Monday, the country’s leader – who has ruled for the past 18 years – announced that his heir apparent, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, would be taking over. A formal address to the nation is […]

5 days after 17-year-old Emaan Shah went missing in London, UK police is still clueless about the missing teen.

Within touching distance of her family just hours before they were due to fly back to India. But moments later this 17-year-old girl vanished in the middle of Oxford Street… and has not been seen since Emaan Shah was out shopping with her parents when she went missing The family have been left ‘frantic with worry’ since disappearance on Monday The family were on holiday in the UK and were […]

Asian tigers at risk from domestic dog distemper virus

Some of the world’s rarest big cat species are facing a potentially deadly threat from a virus carried by domestic dogs, a wildlife expert has warned. John Lewis, director of Wildlife Vets International, said there was evidence that Indonesian tigers were at risk. Canine distemper virus has evolved in recent decades from infecting only dogs to affecting other animal groups. Dr Lewis plans to work with Indonesian vets to develop […]

“Adwaita” the Aldabra Giant Tortoise – 256 years old

Adwaita (meaning “one and only” in Sanskrit) (c. 1750 – 23 March 2006) was the name of a 250 kg (550 pound) male Aldabra giant tortoise in the Alipore Zoological Gardens of Kolkata, India. He was amongst the longest-living animals in the world and is believed to be the oldest known tortoise on record. According to the BBC, historical records show he was a pet of British general Robert Clive […]