A new face has graced Afghanistan's "Baghch-e-Simsim" and the new character is deemed as a very special addition to the "Sesame Street" gang as she is said to teach a lot of valuable lessons to viewers.
Named Zari, the 6-year-old Afghan girl sports multi-colored hair and colorful outfits to further promote awareness of the beauty of Afghanistan's culture. Zari means "shimmering" and just as her name implies, the new muppet is expected to shine the light on various topics for children.
According to The Associated Press, Zari will have two major segments: one that she is doing on her own and the other with people to be interviewed. The Afghan puppet's topics will be focused on appealing to children as she will tackle health, exercise, and study. more >>
There has been a lot of buzz lately over the upcoming and highly anticipated release of OnePlus 3 after specs of the smartphone were seen on the benchmarking site, AnTuTu. Slated to replace the outdated but successful OnePlus 2 unveiled in July of last year.
The smartphone, built by the Chinese manufacturer, OnePlus, is said to be wearing a 5.5-inch screen, which by the way is the standard of large screen Android and Windows powered phones these days. It also sports full high-definition resolution of 1920x1080, but that isn't something new for the brand since the predecessor, OnePlus 2, also had FHD resolution.
Although previous rumors claimed that the device will be released in Q2 of this year, it looks like that will no longer be the case. There are also claims that it will be this April, but that too is unconfirmed. more >>
The brother of kidnapped Indian priest Father Thomas Uzhunnalil, who previously was believed to have been crucified by ISIS, has said that he is still unsure what happened to his brother, but is leaving everything in God's hands.
"I am waiting for clear good news. Until then, I will stay at home," 73-year-old Mathew Uzhunnalil told Catholic News Service in an interview published on Thursday.
"A lot of people are coming here (to the house) and even hold prayer meetings (for the safety of the priest)," he added. more >>
Suspected Islamic radicals hacked a student to death on the streets of Dhaka and were reportedly heard chanting "Allahu Akbar" during the murder.
Dhaka Tribune reported that the student, 28-year-old Nazimuddin Samad, was a law student at Jagannath University, who campaigned for secular causes on Facebook and spoke out against radical Islam.
Police in Dhaka said Samad was walking home with a friend following classes Wednesday night near Bahadur Shah Park when they were attacked by three assailants. The killers apparently intercepted the two student on a motorcycle and attacked them with machetes, hacking Samad to death, and later shooting him to make sure he was dead. more >>
Japanese authorities have reportedly discovered the remains of a 17th century Italian Catholic priest, known as the "last missionary martyr" to Japan for his efforts to advance Christianity in one of the least Christian nations in the world.
"It is the first time we've found a near match of the bones of a foreign missionary," said Waseda University professor Akio Tanigawa. "This is an extremely important discovery for the history of Christianity in Japan."
Although the remains of Jesuit priest Giovanni Battista Sidotti were discovered back in April 2014 during excavation at the site of Krishitan Yashiki, they were not identified as belonging to the missionary until DNA matches were confirmed on Monday, the Japan Times reported. more >>
Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio has been put under fire for the past days after he expressed concerns over Indonesia's palm oil plantations and the effects on the environment. Despite the previous threat of being banned from the country, a minister has recently offered support for the actor's sentiments.
In an interview with Forest Hints, the country's Minister of the Environment and Forestry, Dr. Siti Nurbaya, said "My view is that DiCaprio's concerns are both sincere and substantial, and he has certainly acted in good faith. In fact, we share his concerns on this matter."
After visiting the Gunung Leuser National Park late last month, DiCaprio took to Instagram and gave awareness about the ongoing issues in the park. He mentioned the critical need to stop palm oil plantation expansions as the species living in the forest could possibly become endangered as their habitats slowly turn into plantations. more >>