BANGKOK (AP) — Thailand's main opposition party resigned from Parliament on Sunday to protest what it called "the illegitimacy" of an elected government with which it can no longer work. The move deepens the country's latest political crisis one day before new street demonstrations that many fear could turn violent. More »Thai crisis deepens as opposition quits Parliament
“Fruit trees of all kinds will grow on both banks of the river. Their leaves will not wither, nor will their fruit fail. Every month they will bear fruit, because the water from the Temple flows to them. Their fruit will serve for food and their leaves for healing” - Ezekiel 47:12. More »Healing H20 Hosts Christmas Dinner in Sterling
Quotes from sermons held across South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela More »Quotes From South African Sermons Honoring Mandela
Jerusalem (AFP) - Israeli President Shimon Peres said Sunday he would be prepared to meet his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani, even though their two countries consider each other arch-enemies. More »Israel president 'ready to meet Iran counterpart'
Analysis: For Biden in Asia, crises a chance to show leading role US can play in region More »Analysis: Crises in Asia Let Biden Show US Resolve
An American singer with no Arab heritage nearly took the top prize in the "Arabs Got Talent" television show this weekend, breaking into the top three alongside a Palestinian artist and a Syrian dance troupe. Jennifer Grout, a 23-year-old from Massachusetts, fell just short in the end, but her renditions of classical Arabic songs had stunned some audiences - especially given that she only speaks a little Arabic. More »American without Arab roots almost wins "Arabs Got Talent"
Their church was once a pillar of South African apartheid, but white, Afrikaans-speaking parishioners who attended services on Sunday had only prayers of gratitude for the man who condemned the system to history. Addressing the congregation of the Melville Dutch Reformed Church in Johannesburg, Reverend Andre Bartlett asked them to "think back to the 1990s," when the old order was crumbling and a newly-freed Nelson Mandela was preparing his successful run for the presidency. "Remember the fears we had over what would happen to the country: under the leadership of Mr Mandela, none of those fears came true," Bartlett said. South Africans across the racial and religious spectrum flocked to places of worship Sunday, with special prayers for Mandela being said in Catholic churches, Hindu temples, mosques and synagogues across the country. More »Prayers for Mandela at one-time apartheid altar
First Star Wars, now Indiana Jones? More »Disney Reaches Deal For 'Indiana Jones' Films
By Alissa de Carbonnel and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's opposition leaders urged hundreds of thousands of pro-Europe protesters at a rally on Sunday to keep up pressure on President Viktor Yanukovich to sack his government and drop plans for closer ties with Russia. The protesters, gathered on Kiev's Independence Square, are furious with the Yanukovich government for its decision to ditch a landmark pact with the European Union in favor of a trade deal with Moscow, Ukraine's Soviet-era overlord. More »Ukraine opposition rally keeps pressure on Yanukovich
A visit to Israel by Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte Sunday was marred by a dispute over a new security scanner on the Gaza border, an Israeli official said. "Installation of the Dutch scanner, which would have been used to verify the contents of containers from Gaza destined for export, was postponed after the Netherlands made unexpected demands," the official told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. "Technically, there is no problem about the scanner at the Kerem Shalom crossing through which goods originating in Gaza pass," the official said. The focus of the dispute is exports from Gaza to the West Bank, which is controlled by the Palestinian Authority under president Mahmud Abbas. More »Dutch premier's Israel trip hit by Gaza row
Police in Conn. confront man, suspected of killing 3 women, minutes before he kills himself More »Conn. Police Believe Man Killed 3 Women, Himself
The leader of the world's Anglicans, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, paid tribute to Nelson Mandela's courage on Sunday at a special church service for the anti-apartheid icon in London. "Great injustice is overcome only by great courage. That means struggle, and struggles demand courage," Welby said in a sermon at St Martin-in-the-Fields church in Trafalgar Square. "Nelson Mandela showed his courage by his determination in the face of evil and by his humanity in the experience of victory. More »Archbishop of Canterbury hails Mandela's 'courage in face of evil'
By Khettiya Jittapong BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra proposed a referendum on her future on Sunday and promised to resign if that was what the people wanted, as anti-government protesters prepared for a final push to try to force her from power. Protesters have been on the streets of the capital for weeks, clashing with police and vowing to oust Yingluck and eradicate the influence of her self-exiled brother, former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. Underscoring the divide, the pro-establishment Democrat Party said all of its members of the House of Representatives would give up their seats because they were unable work with Yingluck's ruling party. The leader of the protesters, Suthep Thaugsuban, a former Democrat Party deputy prime minister, has called for a final demonstration on Monday to force Yingluck out. More »Thai PM proposes referendum on her future as protesters prepare big push
Spain captain Iker Casillas has said he finds it strange that the format of the draw for the World Cup finals allowed the holders to be placed in the same group as Netherlands, the team they beat in the final in 2010. Spain, who will play the Dutch in their opening Group B match in Salvador on June 13, were one of eight seeded teams in pot one for Friday's draw, while Netherlands were in pot four along with eight other non-seeded European sides. The seeds were decided based on the October FIFA rankings and as well as Spain included hosts Brazil, Germany, Argentina, Colombia, Belgium, Switzerland and Uruguay. Casillas told a news conference organised by his club Real Madrid to discuss the draw he agreed that it was odd that the champions would have to play the nation they beat in the previous final in their first match. More »Spain pairing with Netherlands odd, Casillas says
Dec 8 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Turkish championship matches on Sunday Sunday, December 8 Akhisar Belediyespor 2 Konyaspor 1 Saturday, December 7 Antalyaspor 1 Kasimpasa 1 Rizespor 1 Fenerbahce 2 Friday, December 6 Galatasaray 2 Elazigspor 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Fenerbahce 14 11 2 1 33 16 35 -------------------------2 Kasimpasa 14 8 3 3 28 16 27 -------------------------3 Galatasaray 14 7 5 2 22 14 26 4 Besiktas 13 7 4 2 24 14 25 -------------------------5 Trabzonspor 13 7 2 4 18 13 23 -------------------------6 Sivasspor 13 7 1 5 23 18 22 7 Eskisehirspor 13 6 ... More »Soccer-Turkish championship results and standings
A Bangladesh court Sunday ordered prison authorities to hang an Islamist leader months after he was sentenced to death, raising fears of a new wave of clashes in the unrest-plagued nation. Abdul Quader Molla, a key leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami party, was given the death penalty in September when the Supreme Court toughened the life sentence originally handed down to him by the International Crimes Tribunal, a domestic war crimes court. The ICT on Sunday "issued a warrant of execution for Molla", and sent it to the prison authorities, meaning the 65-year-old could now be executed any day unless he is pardoned by President Abdul Hamid or the case is reviewed by the highest court. More »Bangladesh orders execution of death row Islamist
India's Congress party was headed for a bruising defeat in key state elections, including in the capital, early results showed on Sunday, underlining the struggle it will face to cling to power in a national election due by May. Congress, led by the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled India for most of the 66 years since independence, is facing widespread anger at corruption and high inflation after two successive terms at the head of a national coalition. The center-left party's main opponent, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was the clear winner in three big states that went to the polls, though with the count still on it was a neck-and-neck race in a fourth. Markets are closely tracking the outcome of the polls, seen as a test of support the BJP's business-friendly candidate for prime minister, Narendra Modi. Bond, rupee and share prices rose last week after exit polls predicted a strong BJP performance. More »Dynasty's Congress party punished in Indian state elections
Dec 8 (Infostrada Sports) - Summaries from the Serie A matches on Sunday Sunday, December 8AS Roma 2 Douglas Maicon 7, Mattia Destro 67 Red Card: Miralem Pjanic 88Fiorentina 1 Juan Vargas 29 Halftime: 1-1; Attendance: 48,000- - -Saturday, December 7Napoli 3 Goran Pandev 38,41, Blerim Dzemaili 71 Udinese 3 Thomas Heurtaux 45+1, Bruno Fernandes 69, Dusan Basta 80 Halftime: 2-1; Attendance: 42,000- - -Livorno 2 Luca Siligardi 26, Paulinho 58 AC Milan 2 Mario Balotelli 7,84 Halftime: 1-1; Attendance: 15,706- - -Friday, December 6Bologna 0 Juventus 2 Arturo Vidal 12, Giorgio Chiellini 90 Halftime: ... More »Soccer-Serie A summaries
Dec 8 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Serie A matches on Sunday Sunday, December 8AS Roma 2 Fiorentina 1 Saturday, December 7Livorno 2 AC Milan 2 Napoli 3 Udinese 3 Friday, December 6Bologna 0 Juventus 2 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Juventus 15 13 1 1 31 10 40 2 AS Roma 15 11 4 0 29 5 37 -------------------------3 Napoli 15 10 2 3 31 17 32 -------------------------4 Inter Milan 14 7 6 1 31 14 27 5 Fiorentina 15 8 3 4 29 20 27 -------------------------6 Verona 14 7 1 6 25 24 22 -------------------------7 Genoa 14 5 4 5 15 16 19 8 AC Milan 15 4 6 5 23 23 18 9 Lazio 14 4 5 5 ... More »Soccer-Serie A results and standings
Car bombs killed at least 30 people across Iraq on Sunday and wounded nearly a hundred, with attackers mainly targeting busy commercial streets in the capital, police sources said. The deadliest attack took place in the predominantly Shi'ite Muslim district of Bayaa in Baghdad when a bomb in a parked vehicle detonated near car workshops, killing seven and wounding 14, the sources said. Violence in Iraq is at the highest level in at least five years and the capital has been targeted almost daily. More than 8,000 have been killed this year, the United Nations says. More »Bomb attacks across Iraq kill 30, wound nearly 100
Dec 8 (Infostrada Sports) - Results and standings from the Dutch championship matches on Sunday Sunday, December 8Heerenveen 1 Feyenoord 2 Saturday, December 7Ajax Amsterdam 4 NAC Breda 0 AZ Alkmaar 1 Twente Enschede 2 PSV Eindhoven 2 Vitesse Arnhem 6 RKC Waalwijk 2 SC Cambuur 2 Friday, December 6Utrecht 2 NEC Nijmegen 0 Standings P W D L F A Pts 1 Vitesse Arnhem 16 10 3 3 37 20 33 -------------------------2 Ajax Amsterdam 16 9 4 3 37 15 31 -------------------------3 Twente Enschede 16 8 6 2 37 16 30 4 Feyenoord 16 8 3 5 32 24 27 -------------------------5 Groningen 15 6 6 3 30 27 24 6 AZ ... More »Soccer-Dutch championship results and standings