In the poorly serviced capital of the Philippines, the poorest citizens have taken to living where no one else will – alongside the dead“I have lived here for 51 years – and I have been trying to leave for 51 years,” says Elvira Miranda. “The government want us gone, and we also want to go. But we need somewhere to go.”Miranda, 68, has been living with her husband and children in a teetering shanty above a stack of graves in Manila North Cemetery since 1966. It is the kind of situation you might find yourself in if, like Miranda, you’re poor, you have no job and you live in one of the world’s most notoriously crowded cities. Continue reading...
Pontiff to visit in August, three months after country votes on whether to repeal banPope Francis is to visit Ireland in August, just three months after the country votes in a deeply divisive referendum that could lead to legal abortions in the republic’s hospitals.The Vatican confirmed on Wednesday that the first papal visit to Ireland since 1979 will take place during a “World Meeting of Families” week that runs from 21 to 26 August. Continue reading...
A suspected suicide bomber killed 29 people Wednesday in Kabul, the latest in a string of attacks to rock the Afghan capital since the start of the year.
During the half century since President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, you may have heard about a few conspiracy theories.
The Austin bomber is dead after blowing himself up in the early hours of Wednesday as police and FBI agents swooped in to arrest him at a hotel several miles north of the city.
It's called an "atmospheric river" -- basically a river in the sky -- that could unleash catastrophic amounts of rain.
When President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox in 1973, he failed to drive a stake through the heart of his investigation. Propelled by appointment of a new prosecutor, congressional fortitude and public outrage, the Watergate probe continued.
Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly have been snubbed at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards, days after embattled presenter Ant was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.
WhatsApp co-founder joins #DeleteFacebook movement after Cambridge Analytica accusations.
As Theresa May attempts to convince the world that she is right in blaming Russia for the nerve agent attack in Salisbury, government officials put together an online video attacking the Kremlin.
A suspect linked to a series of parcel bombings in Texas detonated a device to avoid arrest.
The scheme was set to close to new entrants on April 5 and be replaced by tax-free childcare, which entitles families to claim up to £2,000 a year per child.
Earnings rose by 2.6% in the three months to January as the jobless rate ticked lower.
Jobs are under threat as the struggling flooring firm, which has 409 shops, today announced plans to close any loss making stores and restructure the business.
A new action plan is being put in place to stop professional athletes "reaching crisis point" with their mental health.
Kenny Loggins' theme song is one of 25 records selected to enter the US National Recording Registry.
In Farzad Khoshdast’s documentary, four female inmates in a Tehran prison tell the shocking and often gruesome stories of their crimes in their own wordsFarzad Khoshdast’s documentary is one of the few Iranian films to look at the lives of female prisoners. The other notable example is Manijeh Hekmat’s 2002 drama Zendan-e Zanan, or Women’s Prison.) Set in Gharchack, a women’s prison in Tehran, the film interviews four inmates referred to as Doors One, Two, Three and Four about their crimes. In the opening scene, an unseen woman is heard screaming, crying and begging to be set free. She blames the man who “made her do it” and weeps for her youth, which will be wasted behind bars. One of the inmates describes her confinement cell, which contains “just a bed” and “looks like a grave”. Continue reading...
President Trump calls the series of bombings in Texas "terrible" and calls the bomb makers "sick people."
Now we know the explosions could strike anyone.
Song sheets and continental-style 'cheerleaders' are among the ideas being discussed in an effort to improve the atmosphere at Manchester United's home games.
Up to 90% of those who care for their relatives' children are missing out on National Insurance Credits
Zei Uwadia was the girl next door who would get lost in a good book, took quiet hikes in nature and preferred being alone in her room to socializing at another teen party.
Every day millions of people ask Google life’s most difficult questions. Our writers answer some of the commonest queriesIn 1995, people had a lot of questions. “Is there any film Tom Hanks can’t make good?” “Who shot Mr Burns?” “How do I get out of the maze screensaver in the new Windows operating system?” While all of these questions were eventually resolved (“The Terminal”, “Maggie Simpson” and “you can’t escape, this poorly animated brick labyrinth will be your tomb forever”), there was one posited that year by a young singer-songwriter which has never sufficiently been answered: what if God was one of us?If you haven’t heard Joan Osborne’s song, it’s pretty standard in the “1990s female rock-pop with baffling lyrics” department, up there with Des’ree saying she’d rather have a piece of toast than see a ghost. Osborne suggests that God could be one of us (a slob like one of us), just a stranger on the bus, trying to make his way home, which immediately raises some questions. Has God got lost? Has he accidentally turned himself into a human and now can’t work out how to get back? Don’t get me wrong – this has all the makings of a Jack Black film that I would definitely sit through on a plane (working title: “Lost Faith” with God standing next to a signpost looking all confused, with the working tagline: “Looks like the lap of the gods … could do with a satnav”), but it doesn’t do a huge amount to answer the central question. Continue reading...