Pope begs forgiveness from child abuse victims

Santiago, Jan 16 : Pope Francis asked for forgiveness from victims of child abuse at the hands of the clergy in Chile, during a visit to the South American country on Tuesday. The Pope had been widely expected to address the scandal ahead of his visit to Chile, Efe news agency reported. “I cannot express […]

Bangladesh, Myanmar agree to repatriate Rohingyas

Dhaka, Jan 16 : Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed that the repatriation of Rohingya refugees on Bangladeshi territory will be completed within two years of the process beginning, the Bangladesh Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The agreement, adopted in Dhaka by the Joint Working Group formed to start repatriating the over 650,000 Rohingyas who have […]

Government ends Haj subsidy

New Delhi, Jan 16 : The central government on Tuesday said it has decided to withdraw subsidy given to hundreds and thousands of Muslims for the annual Haj pilgrimage. Announcing the decision, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was in line with the government’s agenda to empower minorities without appeasing them. “This is […]

Pakistan clerics issue fatwa against suicide bombings

By Drazen Jorgic ISLAMABAD, Jan 16 : More than 1,800 Pakistani Muslim clerics have issued an Islamic directive, or fatwa, forbidding suicide bombings, in a book unveiled by the government on Tuesday. For years, the South Asian nation has been plagued by violence by Islamist militants, who often use suicide bombers and preach that their […]

Remini hints Scientology is behind Haggis allegations

Los Angeles, Jan 16 : Actress-producer Leah Remini has defended filmmaker Paul Haggis, and hinted that Scientology is behind sexual misconduct allegations. The actress and Mike Rinder, her “Scientology and the Aftermath” co-star, shared an open letter titled “Concerning Paul Haggis” defending the Oscar winner via Rinder’s blog on Monday, reports usmagazine.com. “Paul Haggis is […]

Over 90 lakh take holy dip in Sangam on ‘Makar Sankranti’

Lucknow, Jan 15 : More than 90 lakh people took the holy dip at the Sangam — the confluence of the three holy rivers Ganga, Yamuna and the mystical Saraswati — on the festival of Makar Sankranti on Monday, Allahabad district officials said. In the second major bathing of the ongoing “Magh Mela”, people started […]