A human rights panel that is part of the United Nations has criticized the Republic of Ireland over its abortion laws and alleged abuse taking place at its Catholic-run homes.
The UN Human Rights Committee recently stated that the Roman Catholic-dominated country should revise its strict abortion laws, which were recently loosened via an act of Parliament.
A grief-stricken Dutch mother whose son and his girlfriend were among the 298 victims who died after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down from the sky in eastern Ukraine last Thursday, became the face of Netherland's grief Sunday when she publicly pleaded with Russian President Vladimir Putin to "send my children home".
"I want everybody to do the best they can to bring all the bodies back as soon as possible. They've been lying there for three days, four days I don't know anymore," the mother, Silene Fredriksz-Hoogzand said in a BBC interview as her husband Robert tried comforting her silently.
The couple's 23-year-old son Bryce and his 20-year-old girlfriend Daisy Oehlers, were heading to the island of Bali in Indonesia for a holiday on Flight MH17 when they perished with 296 others on the doomed flight. Of the 11 nationalities represented on the flight, nearly two-thirds, 192 of them were Dutch citizens. more >>
Christian missionaries in Ukraine have said that churches are crying and praying for an end to the violence, following the Malaysian Airlines disaster last week that killed all 298 people on board. Meanwhile, Dutch families are showing anger over what they say is improper treatment of the bodies of their loved ones at the crash site.
"We are weeping," mission group Christian Aid Mission quoted a local Christian as saying, according to BosNewsLife on Monday. CAM added that there is "disbelief and sadness over the loss of 298 innocent lives when a commercial airliner was shot down while flying over eastern Ukraine Thursday."
The international community is still searching for concrete answers after Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, traveling from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was hit by a missile and went down in Eastern Ukraine on Thursday. more >>
Malaysia Airlines released its complete passenger manifest from the doomed Flight MH17 Saturday identifying the 298 people from 11 countries who were on board when it exploded and crashed after it was shot down from the air in eastern Ukraine last Thursday.
Almost two-thirds of the victims on the list, a total of 192, were identified as Dutch, one of them, Quinn Lucas Schansman, who was born in New York, according to ABC, had dual U.S. citizenship.
President Barack Obama identified Schansman during a news conference Saturday and said his "thoughts and prayers are with his family through this terrible loss." more >>
Russian markets are plunging and its economic growth prospects are looking grim in the face of new sanctions by the United States and the European Union over the shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines Flight MH 17 allegedly by Russia assisted separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Russian markets slumped 1.4 percent Monday, extending last week's 5 percent slide, according to Reuters, which also noted that the nation's stocks are this year's worst performers among emerging market, having lost 12 percent in dollar terms.
The flight MH 17, with 298 people and crew aboard, crashed Thursday near the town of Torez in the Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine after being hit by a missile. The plane, Boeing 777, was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, and flying at about 33,000 feet over the region that has been troubled by fighting between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russia militants seeking to declare the area an independent republic. more >>
Professional golfer Tiger Woods is the subject of a recent video that shows the athlete using God's name in vain after taking his backswing on the 18th hole at the British Open.
Woods was in the middle of his backswing when his intense focus was interrupted by the clicking of photographers' cameras. In response, a defeated-looking Woods dropped his club mid-swing and yelled "Jesus Christ! Guys!" at the photographers.
Along with the camera clicks interrupting Woods' focus, the athlete was also visibly irritated by the large mass the photographers had formed, mere yards away from where Woods was set to hit his ball at the 18th hole. Woods had already backed down from his ball once due to the distraction, and was about to hit his second shot on the par 5 when he uttered the Lord's name in vain. more >>