March 5, 2020

Coronavirus fears impact religious gatherings and practices across the world

Mohannad Alghamdi/iStock(LONDON) -- Restrictions have been put in place at religious sites in the United States and across the world amid fears over the spread of the novel coronavirus. New measures to combat the spread of the virus have particularly impacted religious sites in Iran, Italy and Saudi Arabia. Across the U.S., church authorities are advising that worshippers refrain from hugs, handshakes, handholding and chalice sharing during Lent. The Archdioceses of Oklahoma City, Atlanta, Houst..
March 5, 2020

Sheikh of Dubai abducted 2 of his daughters, UK court says

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- The ruler of Dubai orchestrated the abduction of two of his daughters, according to a U.K. High Court judgment published on Thursday, after a failed attempt by the Sheikh to suppress its contents being made public. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, and his sixth wife, Princess Haya bint al Hussein, had been involved in a protracted family court case in the U.K. after she fled the U.A.E. to prevent one of her children being forced int..
March 5, 2020

Prince Harry, Duchess Meghan to step out for one of last engagements as working royals

Chris Jackson/Getty Images(LONDON) -- Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan will reunite in the U.K. Thursday night for an event close to Harry's heart, recognizing the achievements of wounded veterans and soldiers. The Sussexes are scheduled to attend the Endeavour Fund Awards in London, marking the first time the couple has been seen together in the U.K. since Jan. 7, when they visited Canada House after spending an extended holiday break on Vancouver Island. Meghan returned to Canada shortly a..
March 5, 2020

Top international court authorizes investigation into Afghanistan conflict war crimes

KeithBinns/iStock(LONDON) -- The International Criminal Court has authorized an independent investigation into allegations of war crimes committed by all sides in the Afghanistan conflict after an appeal overturned a previous decision to block the probe on Thursday. The investigation will look into the actions of the principal actors in the conflict in Afghanistan since May 2003 -- mainly the Taliban, U.S. forces and the Afghanistan government. In 2016, the ICC published a report which said th..