June 14, 2018

Ireland to vote on removing blasphemy from constitution

iStock/Thinkstock(DUBLIN) -- Less than a month after Ireland held a remarkable referendum vote that legalized abortion, government officials announced plans this week to hold a referendum on removing the offense of blasphemy from its constitution. Ireland’s constitution, which was written in 1937 following its independence from the United Kingdom, states that the "publication of blasphemous, seditious, or indecent matter is an offense which shall be punishable in accordance with law.” The Defama..
June 14, 2018

US Ambassador returns letter written by Christopher Columbus to the Vatican

iStock/Thinkstock(ROME) -- The U.S. ambassador to the Vatican returned a letter written by Christopher Columbus after it was stolen and replaced with a forgery, officials said. “The Columbus Letter, as it is known, is an account of the explorer’s discovery of America written in 1493 to King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain,” according to a press release from the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See. The letter was translated into Latin and several copies were distributed throughout Europe, the emba..
June 14, 2018

Senators move to prevent Trump from removing US troops in South Korea

iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A pair of Senate Democrats introduced a bill Wednesday that would prevent President Donald Trump from unilaterally drawing down the American troop presence on the Korean peninsula – not necessarily because he’s said he will, but because they don’t want to rely on his word that he won’t. Other measures that also tie the president’s hands, but don’t go as far, are already closer to being passed as part of an essential military policy bill. The new legislation, from..
June 13, 2018

A year later, survivors of London’s Grenfell Tower fire try to cope

Lena Masri/ABC News(LONDON) -- Omar Alhaj Ali recently had a dream about his brother Mohammad, who died in last year’s fire in London's Grenfell Tower apartment complex where they both lived. In the dream, Mohammad told him, ‘don’t worry, everything will be fine. The family will be good. Your life will be good.’ “That was the best dream, you know,” Alhaj Ali told ABC News. One year after the high rise tower fire, which killed 72 people, survivors are still coping with the grief. Alhaj Ali, ..