May 18, 2019

Notre Dame proposals envision ‘green’ roof, glass spire, beam of light

Chesnot/Getty Images(PARIS) -- Two days after fire broke out at Notre Dame Cathedral, swallowing both the wooden roof and the spire, French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced an international competition of architecture to decide whether to rebuild under the same conditions or endow it with a new spire "adapted to the techniques and issues of our time." Ever since, architects, landscape artists and graphic designers from France and beyond have answered the call, imagining the Notre Dame o..
May 17, 2019

Russian ‘The Voice Kids’ finale to be redone after bots rig final result

Channel One(MOSCOW) -- The final result of Russia’s version of the popular TV singing talent show, "The Voice Kids," has been cancelled after it was found that thousands of automated calls and text messages were used to rig voting in favor of its 10-year-old winner. Moscow-based cybersecurity firm IB-Group was brought in to examine the results after complaints were raised over the victory of Mikella Abramova, the daughter of well-known Russian popstar Alsou and millionaire Yan Abramov. Abramov..
May 17, 2019

Taiwan becomes first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage

Carl Court/Getty Images(HONG KONG) -- Lawmakers in Taiwan voted in favor of a bill legalizing same-marriage Friday, making the self-governing island the first Asian country to do so. Tens of thousands of demonstrators, gay rights supporters and dissenting protesters packed the streets outside the parliament building in Taipei in the rainy morning hours, awaiting the crucial vote. Taiwan's constitutional court ruled in 2017 that same-sex couples had the right to marry and gave the governme..
May 17, 2019

Theresa May agrees to ‘timetable for departure’ as cross-party Brexit talks collapse: Reports

Michal Wachucik/Getty Images(LONDON) -- British Prime Minister Theresa May looks set to step down in June or July after a meeting with disgruntled lawmakers that left her "tearful," according to British media. In the Thursday meeting with the 1922 Committee, an influential group of Conservative lawmakers from her own party, the prime minister agreed to step down if her Brexit deal is voted down when she brings it to the House of Commons in the week beginning June 3. Senior political sources tol..