July 19, 2015
It is an autocracy where women are discriminated against, migrant workers are exploited and free speech is curtailed. But according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), Qatar is a model of efficient government.
The oil-rich Gulf state, which is currently at the centre of a major Swiss corruption investigation into Fifa’s decision to award it the 2022 football World Cup, finished top of a league table compiled Read more
February 19, 2014
A heartbreaking picture has emerged of a little boy wandering in the desert, separated from his family while fleeing war-torn Syria.
Marwan, 4, was found by UN workers near the border of Jordan and Syria, lagging behind his relatives.
The boy was photographed carrying a plastic bag full of his possessions on Monday by Andrew Harper, Read more
January 21, 2014
Hundreds of Russian Orthodox Christians have plunged into icy water around Eastern Europe to mark the feast of Epiphany.
In temperatures as low as -17C, the believers wore little more than basic swimming costumes as they leapt into lakes and plunge pools to confirm
their willingness to follow Jesus.
With snow piled high around Read more
October 23, 2013
The Vatican has started a cricket club in an attempt to forge better
relations with other faiths.
About 300 catholic priests and students at colleges attached to the Holy See, most of whom come from the Indian sub-continent, antipodes and the West Indies, have signed up to play.
At a launch event on Read more
October 22, 2013
‘Halal Sex Shop’ website is first in a predominantly Muslim country
Ankara: An online ‘Halal Sex Shop’ selling condoms, massage oils and perfumes has been launched in Turkey, becoming
the first of its kind in the country.
The website presents its products as being “entirely safe,” and in compliance with Islamic norms. Internet users who enter the site find two different links directing them to separate Read more
September 27, 2013
If you suffer from pogonophobia (a fear of beards) then look away now.
A man from San Francisco is breaking the boundaries of facial hair fashion and gravity with his fantastical beard styles.
Self-confessed beard enthusiast Isaiah Webb has been sharing photos of his ‘beard dos’ online, posting a different style on his Instagram profile every Monday or ‘Monbeardday’. Read more
September 8, 2013
Scotland Yard was given the names of British agents who allegedly murdered the Nazi Rudolf Hess in the infamous Spandau Prison but was advised by prosecutors not to pursue its investigations,
according to a newly-released police report.
Written two years after Hess’s death in 1987, the classified document outlines a highly-sensitive inquiry Read more
October 7, 2012
For 23 miles up on the edge of space, and wearing only a pressurised suit and a parachute, Felix Baumgartner will pause at the hatch of his tiny capsule as it ascends into the heavens beneath one of the biggest balloons ever made.
The sponsor Red Bull Stratos announced on Friday that the jump by extreme athlete Baumgartner, 43, have been moved from Monday to Tuesday. The jump can only be made Read more
September 13, 2012
The world’s most prolific surrogate mother has told how she is pregnant again and planning to give away baby number 13.
British-born Carole Horlock, who moved to a farmhouse near Bordeaux, France, said she will hand over the child to an Italian couple without even giving it a cuddle. The 45-year-old added that she’s delighted to be helping yet another childless couple become Read more
May 30, 2012
All tobacco products are banned from being sold in Dubai for 24 hours on Thursday, May 31
All tobacco products are banned from being sold in Dubai for 24 hours on Thursday, May 31, to observe World No Tobacco Day, a senior official at the Dubai Municipality said.
“The move is aimed at spreading awareness about the dangers of cigarette smoking and to make people think about the dangers of tobacco consumption, as it kills millions of people and Read more
May 29, 2012
A teenage German woman has been rescued from a Bosnian couple who are accused of starving and beating her for years and of harnessing her to a horse cart and making her pull it.
The 19-year-old, kept in a hamlet near the northeastern town of Kalesija since 2004, had been taken to safety and the couple had been detained for investigation, regional prosecutors said on Read more
May 29, 2012
A stray dog has completed a 1700km journey across China after joining a cycle race from Sichuan province to Tibet.
The dog, nicknamed “Xiaosa”, joined the cyclists after one of them gave him food.
He ran with them for 24 days, covering up to 60km a day, and climbing 12 mountains.
Cyclist Xiao Yong started a blog Read more
May 29, 2012
Police in central China detained a former Communist Party official on suspicion of raping underage girls.
Li Xingong, who was the party’s deputy head in Yongcheng city of Henan province, is accused of sexually assaulting more than ten girls during police interrogations, the official Xinhua news agency reported.
City authorities have Read more
May 27, 2012
A young penguin which escaped from a Tokyo aquarium has been caught after more than two months on the run.
The Humboldt penguin scaled a 13ft (4m) wall and slipped through a barbed wire fence at the Tokyo Sea Life Park in March.
The bird, known only as 337, was later spotted alive in the rivers of the Japanese capital, but managed Read more
May 20, 2012
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has ended a hectic week which saw his company valued at £106bn after a stock market flotation by getting married.
He wed his long-time girlfriend Priscilla Chan, 27, in a ceremony at his home in Palo Alto, California.
Chan also had a busy week, graduating from medical school on Monday, as Zuckerberg marked his Read more