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As Ecuador plans to drill in the Amazon, natives know their time is up

As Ecuador plans to drill in the Amazon, natives know their time is up Watch

Americas

Ecuador's Yasuni National Park is considered one of the world's most bio-diverse regions. This unique place is inhabited by more than 20 ...

Gang rape of 16-year-old girl highlights Kenya's attitudes towards sex crimes

Gang rape of 16-year-old girl highlights Kenya's attitudes towards sex crimes Watch

Africa

By Katy Migiro, Thomson Reuters Foundation

The arrest of a second youth in a high-profile case in which a 16-year-old girl was gang raped and dumped in a pit latrine, breaking her spine, ...

33 million crimes per year! Despite crackdown on crime, Mexicans still doubt ability of law enforcement

33 million crimes per year! Despite crackdown on crime, Mexicans still doubt ability of law enforcement Watch

Americas

A new survey from the national statistics institute (INEGI) revealed that despite claims from the Mexican government that their country is ...

There is no future for the Christians in Iraq, Anglican vicar warns

There is no future for the Christians in Iraq, Anglican vicar warns Watch

Middle East

Terrorist fighters from the Islamic State are almost ready to enter the capital of Iraq, the vicar of St. George's Anglican Church in Baghdad ...

India sees epidemic of internet use as net addiction rises

India sees epidemic of internet use as net addiction rises Watch

Asia Pacific

A new survey out of India shows that a large portion of the population is addicted to internet access in one form or another.

FELONIOUS FASHION STATEMENT: Sex trafficking gangs in Britain brand their victims with tattoos

FELONIOUS FASHION STATEMENT: Sex trafficking gangs in Britain brand their victims with tattoos Watch

Europe

According to Britain's National Crime Agency, human trafficking gangs are tattooing their victims to "signify ownership." The agency has since ...

Human trafficking in U.K. fueled by Internet advertising

Human trafficking in U.K. fueled by Internet advertising Watch

Europe

By Kieran Guilbert, Thomson Reuters Foundation

The number of people locked in slavery in Britain rose by 22 percent last year, with online dating, social media sites and Internet job ...

Algerian government supports military intervention against Islamic State

Algerian government supports military intervention against Islamic State Watch

Africa

The international military intervention against what is commonly known in the Arab world as DAESH or Islamic state had become "inevitable," ...

Netanyahu says threat of Hamas and ISIS reaches far beyond Israel

Netanyahu says threat of Hamas and ISIS reaches far beyond Israel Watch

Middle East

Speaking at the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the threat of Hamas and ...

Islamic State blasts Obama in powerful critique delivered by hostage John Cantile

Islamic State blasts Obama in powerful critique delivered by hostage John Cantile Watch

Middle East

The Islamic State has delivered a powerful critique of Obama's war speech, asking that if two Gulf Wars did not stop the spread of Islamic influence ...

Deal W. Hudson: A Telling Vignette from a Chinese High School Classroom

Deal W. Hudson: A Telling Vignette from a Chinese High School Classroom

Asia Pacific

By Deal W. Hudson

Last night I returned from a trip to China where I visited eight of its elite high schools and talked with the students about college education ...

Old Age Is a Time of Grace: Pope Francis Calls the World to Honor the Elderly

Old Age Is a Time of Grace: Pope Francis Calls the World to Honor the Elderly Watch

Europe

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

This Pope, who coined the powerful phrase - Throwaway Culture- to challenge the instrumentalism of the age and offer in its place a recovery of ...

British bishop tenders resignation over affair with married woman

British bishop tenders resignation over affair with married woman Watch

Europe

Bishop Kieran Conry, of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton announced his resignation this past weekend. It was later learned that the ...

NO COMMUNION for first time in 2,000 years...

NO COMMUNION for first time in 2,000 years... Watch

Middle East

Last Sunday there was no communion in Nineveh for the first time in 2,000 years. The Islamic State has finished Christianity in Iraq, having killed ...

Radical Islamic groups take refuge in the Sahel after bombings in Iraq, Syria

Radical Islamic groups take refuge in the Sahel after bombings in Iraq, Syria Watch

Africa

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Radical Islamic groups linked to Islamic State have begun to mobile in the Sahel region of Algeria. This is happening concurrently with the ...

Christians fight against Communism as Hong Kong protests continue

Christians fight against Communism as Hong Kong protests continue Watch

Asia Pacific

The massive rallies in Hong Kong for political independence from China's overbearing Communist government have seen considerable support from the ...

Eight Mexican soldiers held in shooting deaths of 22 drug gang members

Eight Mexican soldiers held in shooting deaths of 22 drug gang members Watch

Americas

An army officer and seven soldiers have been detained in connection with the deaths of 22 gang members in the town of Tlatlaya, in rural ...

Guarding horde for three days and nights, British builder unearths wealth of Roman coins

Guarding horde for three days and nights, British builder unearths wealth of Roman coins Watch

Europe

An amateur metal finder has unearthed one of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever found in Britain. Fifty-one-year-old Laurence Egerton made the ...

Parchment maps suggest Marco Polo landed in Alaska two centuries before Columbus

Parchment maps suggest Marco Polo landed in Alaska two centuries before Columbus Watch

Europe

Excluding the Vikings, it's a given that Spanish explorer Christopher Columbus discovered what would later become known as America in 1492. However, ...

More than 3,000 Europeans fighting for ISIS, anti-terrorism chief says

More than 3,000 Europeans fighting for ISIS, anti-terrorism chief says Watch

Middle East

The number of Europeans joining Islamist fighters in Syria and Iraq has risen to more than 3,000, the European Union's Anti-Terrorism Chief ...

Ebola is manufactured crisis, Liberian doctor says

Ebola is manufactured crisis, Liberian doctor says Watch

Africa

With Ebola ravaging much of West Africa, there are now claims that the crisis is part of a more nefarious plot to test vaccines and drugs on ...

U.S. ready to expand sanctions against military, political figures in South Sudan crisis

U.S. ready to expand sanctions against military, political figures in South Sudan crisis Watch

Africa

Frustrated with the lack of progress in ceasing the ongoing hostilities in South Sudan, the United States now says it's ready to expand sanctions ...

It's already too late for millions: Experimental drugs may be key to stopping Ebola outbreak

It's already too late for millions: Experimental drugs may be key to stopping Ebola outbreak Watch

Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that thousands of doses of experimental Ebola vaccines might be available before the end of ...

ISIS executioner in Foley beheading identified - but not made public

ISIS executioner in Foley beheading identified - but not made public Watch

Middle East

FBI Director James Comey says that the United States believes it has identified the ISIS militant in the video showing American journalist ...

Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting sexually abusive priest removed by Pope Francis

Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting sexually abusive priest removed by Pope Francis Watch

Americas

Pope Francis dismissed a Paraguayan bishop accused of protecting a priest suspected of sexually abusing young people this week. Bishop Rogelio ...

Fears, superstition, paranoia and slow international response is cause of widespread Ebola outbreak

Fears, superstition, paranoia and slow international response is cause of widespread Ebola outbreak Watch

Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced that the current West African Ebola outbreak is the most challenging the world has seen in the ...

URGENT email from Iraq asks Christians to pray for ISIS victims in Queragosh -- but is it a hoax?

URGENT email from Iraq asks Christians to pray for ISIS victims in Queragosh -- but is it a hoax?

Middle East

An email was forwarded to the editorial staff of Catholic Online, requesting urgent prayers for the people of Queragosh, who were being slaughtered ...

Extensive search to neutralize terrorist groups in Algeria begins

Extensive search to neutralize terrorist groups in Algeria begins Watch

Africa

By Kaci Racelma (Algiers, Algeria)

Less than 36 hours after French tourist Hervé Gourdel was beheaded by the Islamist terrorist group Djound al Khalifa, the National People's Army ...