Laila Anna Maria Henriksen

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Third priest killed this year in Mexico's Guerrero state

For the third time this year in the violent Mexican state of Guerrero, a Roman Catholic priest has been abducted and killed, prompting a vehement reproach of government authorities by the church leadership.<p>The body of Father Gregorio Lopez Gorostieta was discovered on Christmas Day, a bullet to the …

Mexico

Mexican Police Helped Cartel Massacre 193 Migrants, Documents Show

Local police in the city of San Fernando in northern Mexico were involved in the 2011 massacres of 193 mainly Central American migrants whose bodies were found in mass graves, according to federal prosecutors.<p>The claim appeared in a memo sent by Mexico's Attorney General's Office to The National …

Tuğçe Albayrak: Germans pay tribute to student killed trying to help harassed girls

Calls to award national order of merit to Tuğçe Albayrak as vigil held after she was attacked by man in McDonald’s car park<p>Thousands of Germans paid tribute on Sunday to a 23-year-old student who was murdered after rushing to the aid of two teenage girls who were being harassed by a group of …

Scientists hail the most 'advanced anti-ageing serum' in the world

New research suggests skincare tailored to individuals' DNA may be the best way to combat the appearance of ageing<p>Those who believe that beauty is only skin deep may need to think again.<p>A most advanced anti-ageing serum ever created is going far deeper in the pursuit of the ultimate skincare …

Skin Care

Patrolling the Boundaries Inside America

America is embroiled in an immigration debate that goes far beyond President Obama's executive order on undocumented immigrants.<p>It goes to the heart of who "we" are. And it's roiling communities across the nation.<p>In early November, school officials in Orinda, California, hired a private detective …

Immigration

Are You a Victim of CRAP on the Internet?

I have CRAP Disease, a malady that stands for Compulsive Reader of Angry Posts. I know that certain messages on social media will cause sniveling trolls to wake from their burrow in the basement to slobber over their keyboards, grunt with excitement, and feverishly hurl illiterate, nasty and …

Internet

Fear, Ferguson and the First Step Toward a Lasting Solution

The events in Ferguson point to a deep divide in our society and the justified fear that keeps it in place. Minority groups feel targeted, and rightly so. Police feel unfairly targeted, and rightly so. The targeted minorities and their allies react naturally -- they want to lash out -- at the …

Justice

A Fresh Take on Marriage: Excerpt from Modern Brides & Modern Grooms

The following is an excerpt from my book <i>Modern Brides & Modern Grooms: A Guide to Planning Straight, Gay, and Other Nontraditional, Weddings</i>. The book is a wedding/marriage/relationship guide for anyone and everyone who faces the dilemma: <i>How do I do things my own way, and stay connected to my</i> …

Weddings

Black, Male, Mad As Hell

I can't even begin to describe the range of emotions that I am feeling after all that has transpired in Ferguson, Missouri and across this country. I started the day on Monday really not paying attention to the news cycle, because working in the news, sometimes you just need a break, and I was on a …

Justice

Prosecutor Manipulates Grand Jury Process to Shield Officer

You know the fix is in when a suspect who shot an unarmed man voluntarily provides four hours of un-cross examined testimony to a grand jury without taking the Fifth.<p>On August 9, Ferguson, Missouri Police Officer Darren Wilson gunned down 18-year-old African American Michael Brown. Since that …

Is 'Coming Out' a Western Construct?

A couple weeks ago, I contacted my cousin in Iran to ask him a few questions relating to my research paper on gender and sexual politics in Iran. As an Iranian-American who is pretty passionate about LGBT issues, I was beyond excited to hear my cousin's perspective. I wanted to be sure that I went …

How We Should Discuss Ferguson

Why is it that incidents, such as the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, have such a polarizing effect on the American public? Some might object to my use of the word death as opposed to murder but hear me out. This is not a question of why singular incidents galvanize the public into protests …

Oregon Police Dog Fired For Bad Performance

CANNON BEACH, Ore. (AP) — A 2-year-old Belgian Malinois was supposed to be the ninth member of the police force in the Oregon coastal town of Cannon Beach, but "Cash" just didn't have what it takes.<p>The dog was dismissed from the force before seeing any action or gaining any glory.<p>Cash was skittish, …

Pets

Christmas Gifts For Weird People: The Official 2014 Guide

It's the most wonderful time of the year and, if you're lucky, it's also the weirdest.<p>If it's truly the thought that counts, then you should be thinking about some strange things for the weirdo in your life.<p>Why not get some chocolates shaped like dog or cat poop? Or an ugly Christmas sweater …

Adobe Makes Dramatic Change to iOS App Publishing Program

Adobe has been running a fairly popular service for the last few years that has been marketed towards independent authors, businesses and design …

Australia
naughty
Africa
Pets

Pope Francis Prays in Mosque in Show of Commitment to Christian-Muslim Relations

Pontiff Meets Orthodox Christian Church’s Spiritual Leader on Three-Day Trip to Turkey<p>ISTANBUL—Pope Francis further demonstrated his commitment to improving relations between Christians and Muslims on Saturday, as he prayed in Istanbul’s historic Blue Mosque and visited the Hagia Sophia—two …

Christianity

Money Can Also Buy You Unhappiness

It’s Not Just How Much You Spend; It’s How You Spend<p>With enough money, you can buy yourself a heap of unhappiness.<p>A healthy amount of savings can, I believe, enrich our lives in three key ways. It can allow us to have special times with friends and family. It can let us spend our days doing what …

Personal Finance

Dow Edges Up to Another Record

Retailers’ Shares, Led by Wal-Mart, Help Buoy Blue-Chip Index<p>The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose to another record, closing out its second consecutive month of gains as stocks head into their historically best-performing month of the year.<p>Helping to power the ascent were shares that stand to …

Stock Markets
Mental Health

IDF kills palestinian in West Bank clash

Isabel Allende to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom

Isabel Allende, the prolific Chilean American author of 21 books – which have sold more than 65 million copies around the world — will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.<p>Allende, who lives in San Rafael, will be presented the award by President Obama at a …

Literature

Violence in eastern Ukraine 'escalating', says OSCE

A Russian military build-up in rebel-held eastern Ukraine raises fears of a new offensive<p>The bloodshed in eastern Ukraine risks “escalating” because a ceasefire agreement is steadily unravelling, international observers gave warning yesterday.<p>Pro-Russian rebels control a swathe of territory across …

Nationalist riots at Poland Independence Day celebrations in Warsaw

Polish media broadcast scenes of right-wing youth, some masked, throwing rocks, firecrackers and cobblestones at police in the streets of Warsaw on …

Jerusalem on the edge as tensions over holy site threaten to boil over

Clashes and lethal attacks are increasing, bringing back memories of second intifada<p>Behind the campus of the Hebrew University a scrubby hill drops steeply to the East Jerusalem village of Isawiya.<p>Two weeks ago a squad of riot police was hiking down the path to the first houses. Who the police were …

Libya violence: Activists beheaded in Derna

<b>Three young activists have been found beheaded in Derna, in eastern Libya.</b><p>The three, who had relayed information about the city through social media, had been kidnapped earlier this month.<p>Several Islamist groups are competing for control of the city, with some militants recently declaring …