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September 4, 2016 7:44 PM Mother Teresa made a saint by Pope Francis at the Vatican

ELEVATING the "saint of the gutters" to one of the Catholic Church's highest honours, Pope Francis on Sunday praised Mother Teresa for her radical dedication to society's outcasts and her courage in shaming world leaders for the "crimes of poverty they themselves created". An estimated 120,000 people filled St Peter's Square for the canonisation ceremony 12

September 4, 2016 3:29 PM Pope hails Teresa: now a saint, always a mother

Pope Francis on Sunday proclaimed Mother Teresa a saint and hailed the revered Catholic nun as an embodiment of maternal love who talked truth to power on behalf of the poor. "We may have some difficulty in calling her 'Saint' Teresa," the pontiff said. "Her holiness is so near to us, so tender and so fruitful that we continue to spontaneously call her Mother 22 1

August 24, 2016 3:24 PM Powerful earthquake hits Myanmar, leaving at least three dead, damaging famed Bagan temples

A powerful 6.8 magnitude earthquake struck central Myanmar on Wednesday, killing at least three people and damaging some 60 pagodas in the famous ancient city of Bagan, officials said. The quake, which the US Geological Survey said hit at a depth of 84km, was also felt across neighbouring Thailand, India and Bangladesh, sending panicked residents rushing 10

August 24, 2016 11:01 AM Live updates: Earthquake of magnitute 6.7 hits Myanmar; tremors felt in Northeast, West Bengal & Bihar

An earthquake measuring 6.7 magnitude on the Richter scale shook northeast, West Bengal & Bihar on Wednesday, forcing people to rush out of their houses in panic. A powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter Scale and epicentred in Myanmar today shook several parts of east and northeast India. According to National Centre for Seismology, a unit of Ministry 5

July 28, 2016 1:41 PM Mahashweta Devi, Indian writer, social activist, dies at 90

NEW DELHI (AP) — Mahashweta Devi, a well-known Indian writer and social activist, who used her writing to give voice to the oppressed poor tribal and forest dwellers, has died. She was 90. Devi had been in a hospital in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata where she was being treated for a kidney ailment for the past two months, Press Trust of India said. Writing 5

June 30, 2016 2:28 AM Environmental photography winners announced

The winning entries in the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 competition are announced. The winning entries in the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year 2016 competition have been announced. The overall winner and environmental photographer of the year is Sara Lindstrom, for her imposing photograph Wildfire 18

June 19, 2016 6:15 AM Acclaimed Australian filmmaker Paul Cox dies aged 76

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Award-winning Australian filmmaker Paul Cox has died, the Australian Directors Guild said Sunday. He was 76. The guild did not disclose the cause of death, but Cox said last year that his transplanted liver had cancer. He wrote and directed the 2015 movie "Force of Destiny," starring David Wenham, which follows the journey 9

June 6, 2016 6:13 AM Celebrated Indian bodybuilder Manohar Aich dies at 104

KOLKATA, India (AP) — Manohar Aich, a celebrated Indian bodybuilder and former Mr. Universe, has died in the eastern city of Kolkata. He was 104. Aich's son said his father died Sunday from health issues related to his age. He is survived by his four children. Aich, who grew up as a puny youngster, overcame many hurdles, including poverty and a stint 5

June 2, 2016 5:36 PM Briton Leslie Binns abandons Everest peak to save fellow climber

A British ex-serviceman abandoned his Mount Everest climb some 500m from the summit to save a fellow mountaineer. Leslie Binns, 42, from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, turned around to save Sunita Hazra, an Indian woman, who was scaling the summit ahead of him. He said he felt "immensely proud" to have saved a life but wished he could have also helped save another 4

May 21, 2016 9:50 PM Exciting England can be the people's champs! Joe Root vows the team will give the public what they want

Joe Root is acutely aware, in a manner not always displayed by England players, of the importance of connecting with the public. If that sounds an obvious aspiration for an international sportsman, then an underwhelming first-day crowd at Headingley on Thursday for the summer's opening Test against Sri Lanka was a reminder cricket's place in the nation's 18