On Sunday, Ukraine's Jamala won the Eurovision Song Contest, causing a stir among Russians as they said her winning number was an anti-Russian anthem.
According to CNN, Jamala, whose full name is Susana Jamaladynova, sang "1944," a song that reminded people of her great-grandmother's story on how Moscow deported members of the Crimean ethnic group during the second World War.
Jamala is of Crimean descent and during World War II, the Crimean Tatars were deported by the Soviet Union, under the reign of Josef Stalin. While Stalin was the one who ordered the Crimeans to be sent off, European outlets believe that Jamala was also attacking current President Vladimir Putin for the Russian military's push into Ukraine back in 2014. more >>
Legendary Formula one driver Michael Schumacher is considered one of the heroes of the Ferrari team in motorsports.
In the mid-90's, the said team under Ross Brawn, Rory Byrne and Jean Todt, were experiencing a title drought that had been going on for decades. At the time, the team's last victory happened in 1979, although they had achieved various wins from 1991-1995.
The glimmer of hope came in the form of Michael Schumacher, who first got behind the wheel of a Ferrari F1 racer at the winter testing in 1995. In a report by Andrew Benson via BBC Sport, Schumacher was "two seconds quicker" than regular drivers Gerhard Berger and Jean Alesi. more >>
A Dutch group promoting women doing a medical abortion themselves sent on Saturday its first "abortion drone," carrying pills to kill unborn babies, from Germany to the strictly Roman Catholic country of Poland, and called it a "success," as "two Polish women swallowed the abortion pills."
The drone departed from Frankfurt an der Oder in Germany and landed at the opposite side of the river in Slubice, Poland, says the Amsterdam-based Women on Waves group on its website, which also boasts that German police tried to intervene "but the drone pilots were able to safely land the drones at the Polish side."
The police, who say the group violated "Arzneimittelgesetz," or the country's medicine laws, later confiscated the drone controllers and personal iPads. more >>
More than 100 attorneys from the United States and abroad and members of the European Parliament wrote a letter to the Norwegian Prime Minister, saying the government's act of seizing five children of a Christian family to "prevent" them from being "indoctrinated" with Christianity violates domestic and international law, and urging their immediate release.
The five children were "unlawfully" seized by the Norwegian Child Protective Services on Nov. 16 and 17 last year due to the "sincerely held Christian beliefs" of the parents, Marius and Ruth Bodnariu, states the letter sent Friday by Houston-based lawyer Peter Costea and signed by more than 100 concerned lawyers and parliamentarians.
The Norwegian government's action was based on a teacher's concerns about how the kids were being raised by "radical" Christians who were "indoctrinating" their children. The family's appeal of the agency's decision to remove the children from the home was rejected on Nov. 27 last year. more >>
One of the biggest song contests in the world, the Eurovision 2016 will be airing its finals on May 14, at 9:00 p.m. CET or for the United States - 3 p.m. EDT and 12 p.m. PDT. The finals will be broadcasting live from the Globe Arena, in this year's host country, Stockholm, Sweden. According to a report in the official website of the competition, the show will be livestreamed via the Eurovision YouTube channel or through the website.
This year's song contest brings together 26 competitors representing 26 different countries from all over the European region. According to another report in Mirror UK, Sweden became this year's host after winning first place in the 2015 contest. Mans Zelmerlow, who sang the winning song "Heroes," is returning this year as one of the hosts for the semi-finals and the finals shows. Comedian Petra Mede, who is also a Swede, will be sharing the hosting duties with Mans.
The Mirror UK report cited that this year marks some changes in the voting system of the show, which gives more voting power to individuals from all over the region. This year, voting will be split, where the first to cast their votes are the juries for each country, after which votes from viewers in all the countries will be cast. Both types of votes are later combined and made public. more >>
Playing their final matches of the season, Arsenal host Aston Villa at the Emirates Stadium in game week 38 of the English Premier League.
The matchup is on May 15, 2016 at 10:00 AM ET.
Between the two teams, only the Gunners still have a realistic reason to try and go for the win as Villa have had a season to forget so far. more >>