Stumbling upon this photo possibly will allow anyone to conclude that this is just an ordinary, huge balloon resting inside a storage. But this is more than just that.
This part airship, part plane, part helicopter is commonly known as the "Flying Bum" for its uncommon, plumped, gigantic bean-like aircraft shape. The NBC reports that this flying machine is not only limited to transporting people and cargoes but can also work as an instrument for communications, surveillance and humanitarian aid deliveries.
How high can it fly? more >>
Vatican leader Pope Francis and French President François Hollande held a private meeting on Wednesday where they discussed the murder of a priest at the hands of Islamic State supporters in July, finding unity following major disagreements over gay marriage and homosexuality earlier this year.
AFP reported that Hollande said he wanted to discuss "religious freedom, secularism and unity with respect for everyone."
"French secularism's message is one which unites, not one that wounds," Hollande said. "The Republic must defend the right to believe and also to not believe. more >>
Austrian police in Vienna have arrested nine Iraqi asylum seekers and refugees over the alleged gang-rape of a 28-year-old German woman that happened on New Year's Day, reports have said.
A police spokesman said that the nine men are between the ages of 21 to 47, and all have either applied for or been granted asylum in Austria.
The men deny the alleged crime, Reuters reported, in which they are accused of gang-raping a German woman who was visiting a friend in Vienna in the apartment where two of the suspects were staying. more >>
A major forest fire has engulfed the Portuguese island of Madeira, forcing the evacuation of more than 400 people, while 174 people were hurt in the ensuing chaos, according to several reports.
The wildfire, which has encroached on the capital Funchal, destroyed at least 27 homes, according to Miguel Albuquerque, head of Madeira's regional government.
ISTANBUL — Anti-American sentiment among Turks is on the rise and can only be calmed by the United States extraditing the Muslim cleric Ankara accuses of orchestrating last month's failed coup, Turkey's justice minister said on Tuesday.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan blames Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in rural Pennsylvania since 1999, and his followers for the July 15 coup, in which more than 240 people were killed and nearly 2,200 wounded.
Turkey has launched a series of mass purges of suspected Gulen supporters in its armed forces, other state institutions, universities, schools and the media since the abortive coup, prompting Western concerns for the stability of a key NATO ally. more >>
In once-secular Turkey, Christians have become targets of Muslim persecution. Here's what you need to know.
For nearly the last hundred years, Turkey, straddling Europe and Asia, has walked a precipitous path. Turning its back on the brutal Ottoman Empire of its past, the nation of 80 million people had attempted to combine its dominant Muslim culture with a more Western-oriented secularism — allowing a measure of political and religious freedom not common in most other Muslim-majority states.
Well, it seems as if Turkey is now on its way to falling into an intolerant form of Islam — if it hasn't already. How do I know this? By listening to the country's beleaguered Christian minority, which has dwindled from 22 percent of the population to a microscopic 0.2 percent just over the last century. more >>