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Italy’s Catholic bishops try to put brak...

Italy’s Catholic bishops try to put brakes on speedy divorce law

ROME (RNS) Italy’s Catholic bishops have condemned a proposed law that is set to speed up divorce and do away with a three-year separation waiting period. Legislation to allow consensual divorce after six months and 12 months in contested cases was passed overwhelmingly in the lower house of... read more »

India showcases military might, culture ...

India showcases military might, culture blend on 65th Republic Day

India’s powerful military punch and its rich cultural heritage were showcased at the 65th Republic Day parade on a bitterly cold Sunday, with chief guest and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe keenly watching the 90-minute proceedings. Here are some images from the Republic Day celebrations... read more »

‘India’s political culture has crippled ...

‘India’s political culture has crippled intelligence agencies’

British journalist Adrian Levy pieced together stories of the 26/11 terror attacks on Mumbai — “the fourth largest city in the world under siege for three days on live TV” — in his latest book The Siege, co-written with Cathy Scott-Clark. Levy, who believes Mumbai saved itself because... read more »

India: Tourism event celebrates the anci...

India: Tourism event celebrates the ancient culture of Assamis

Such festivals not only preserve the culture of the region but also promote tourism. A three-day long “Ethnique Festival” was held recently in the Bhagchung area of Assam’s Jorhat District. On display was a slice of their rich culture which included dances, folk music and... read more »

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Jerusalem – The Palestinian Authority has expelled Israeli journalists who came to the historic biblical town of Bethlehem to cover Christmas celebrations, a step lauded by their Palestinian... read more »