The stunt is so incredibly perfect that many have doubted its authenticity, but Volvo has declared that its new viral online commercial featuring actor Jean Claude Van Damme doing an epic split between two moving Volvo FM trucks is real.
"The stunt is real and is performed in just one take," Anders Vilhelmsson, public relations manager for the Volvo Trucks brand, told The Wall Street Journal. "It's a daring stunt but we had full control. There was never any real danger involved."
In the commercial, Van Damme first appears with his arms folded and eyes closed with the soundtrack to Enya's "Only Time" playing in the background. more >>
Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon announced on Monday that the government is looking to propose changes to the country's abortion law by the end of October, moving away from a more liberal law introduced by the previous Socialist government in 2010.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's Popular Party has declared that it stands by the Roman Catholic Church on moral and social issues, including abortion, and is looking to overturn a previous law that scrapped restrictions up to the 14th week of pregnancy, The Associated Press reported.
Rajoy will be hoping to reinstate some of the main principles behind a 1985 law which made abortion illegal except for cases of rape, if the fetus is deformed, or if there are serious health risks for the mother. more >>
A peculiar restored painting of Jesus Christ which many have said looks like a monkey is drawing tens of thousands of visitors and raising charity for the tiny Spanish town of Borja, where it is exhibited.
Cecilia Gimenez, 81, attempted last year to restore a fresco of Christ at the Sanctuary of Mercy Church near Zaragoza, where it had been for decades. However, her version barely holds any resemblance to the original, with many saying and some even dubbing the painting "Monkey Christ."
But a year later, the 5,000-population town has now gained worldwide fame thanks to the painting, and has attracted over 40,000 visitors and raised more than $66,285 for a local charity. Borja has taken advantage of the media attention and even put the likeness of the "restored" painting on merchandise. more >>
Days after Pope Francis laid his hands on a young man in a wheelchair in the Vatican and fueled suspicion that he performed an exorcism, the Catholic archdiocese in Madrid is reportedly considering hiring at least eight more trained clergy to help some of the faithful deal with demons.
"The devil exists. That's a fact," a spokeswoman of the Madrid archdiocese told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. She said the one exorcist the diocese has is not enough to deal with the problem.
According to a Spanish-language website, religionenlibertad.com, the number of people asking for help in driving out demons is on the rise due to the country's secularization. more >>
A woman who attempted to "restore" a valuable fresco of Jesus Christ in Spain by painting over it is demanding compensation for her efforts, as her new version of the painting has brought thousands more visitors to the church where the fresco resides.
Cecilia Gimenez, who is in her 80s, walked into the Santuario de Misericordia church in the northeastern city of Borja, Spain, in July and began painting over the famed "Ecce Homo," a century-old mural by painter Elías García Martínez that was deteriorating due to water damage.
Gimenez claimed to have been attempting to restore the painting, although, as BBC News puts it, "the once-dignified portrait now resembles a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic." more >>
The Mobile World Congress, an event traditionally centered around the latest mobile technology of the age, revealed many new gadgets, including a slew of smartphones for HTC and other companies that look fairly impressive.
The first day of the Barcelona-based tech event was dominated by Android, and underscored by HTC's unveiling of their three new smartphones: the HTC One X, HTC One S, and HTC One V.
All three of HTC's newest phones offered the much-sought-after Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. But that's pretty much where the similarities end, as HTC seems to be marketing each phone to a different demographic. more >>