Pope Francis has asked Catholic churches around the world to keep their doors open despite terror threats following the Nov. 13 Paris attacks, saying terror groups must not be allowed to influence "every aspect of our lives," and especially the hospitality of the church.
"An inhospitable Church, like a family which is locked in on itself, demeans the Gospel and withers up the world," Pope Francis said during a general audience in the Vatican, according to Catholic News Agency. "No armored doors in the Church! Open all of them!"
The 78-year-old pontiff told pilgrims in St Peter's square that "if the door of God's mercy is always open," we must leave the doors of our institutions open so that "we can go out carrying God's mercy." more >>
Russia is open to an international anti-Islamic State (IS) coalition with the United States, France, and even Turkey, a Russian diplomat revealed on Wednesday.
In an interview with Europe 1 radio, Russian ambassador to France Alexander Orlov said Russia is willing to join an international anti-IS coalition that will strike the terror group even if Turkey is included in the alliance. The statement comes amid existing tension between Moscow and Ankara, which arose after the latter downed a Russian warplane, according to Xinhua.
"A coalition against Daesh (Arabic acronym for the Islamic States) is still possible to plan together strikes and form a common general staff with France, the United States and even with the Turkish if they want," Xinhua quotes Orlov's statement to Europe 1 radio. more >>
Three ZTE smartphones, the ZTE Blade X9, X5, and X3, have arrived — in Russia at least. Their specifications include 4G LTE, Android 5.1 Lollipop, reverse charging, and fingerprint sensors, among others.
The devices were recently announced, but ZTE's Russian website already lists the three additions to the Blade series.
ZTE Blade X9 more >>
Wladimir Klitschko and his brother Vitali have dominated the heavyweight division in boxing in recent memory. There never has been a single contender out there who can rightfully claim to have threatened the reign of the Ukrainian brothers. One good reason why they're seemingly unbeatable is because of their height advantage against most opponents. But Saturday's scheduled heavyweight championship fight between Wladimir and British challenger Tyson Fury has the makings of an upset. For one, Fury is coming into this fight as the bigger fighter, but not necessarily the better one.
Venue: Germany Date: Saturday, November 28 Coverage: HBO Boxing Time: 4:45 p.m. ET more >>
Rihanna has announced that she will perform in Dublin next year with Big Sean and The Weeknd as support acts.
The "Umbrella" superstar will show off her singing prowess at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on June 21, 2016. Rihanna revealed the details of her 70-show Anti World tour, which includes several stops across North America and Europe, the Irish Mirror reports.
Rihanna will kick off her tour at the Viejas Arena in San Diego, California on Feb. 26 and will travel across North America for three months. She will begin the Europe leg of her tour in June and continue until August 2016, according to an NME report cited by the Inquisitr. more >>
British boxer David Haye has been out of the picture for quite some time now, but his unexpected exit three years ago left fans wondering if he'll return to the ring. That question has been answered when he announced his return to fight Australian boxer Mark de Mori in January at the O2 Arena in London.
The 35-year-old is not getting any younger, but his Jan.16 fight date proves that he still has the hunger to pursue another heavyweight championship. The last time the 2001 silver medalist of the World Amateur Boxing Championships fought was in the summer of 2012 when he stopped Dereck Chisora in the fifth round.
Haye talked about his plan of moving up to heavyweight title contention once again. "I'm so happy to be able to step back through the ropes and back into the ring, where I do my best work," he said. "I've always set the bar high in my career and I will continue to do so," the British boxing star added. more >>