AP - Protesters who have camped outside St. Paul's Cathedral in central London for six days have forced the venerable cathedral to close to visitors for the first time since World War II, church officials said Friday.
A young Canadian musician has been named the newest organist at the Church of England’s iconic St. Paul’s Cathedral in London — and she’ll be the first woman to hold a job playing the church’s 320-year-old instrument.
In a letter to Russian officials, British star Paul McCartney expressed his support for Maria Alyokhina, a member of the Pussy Riot punk band who was sentenced to two years in jail after the scandalous performance in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral last yaer.
Japan will raise military spending this year for the first time in over a decade under a ruling party plan, an official said, as Tokyo summoned Beijing's envoy amid a territorial row. The national defence task force of the newly-elected Liberal Democratic Party will increase the defence budget request by more than 100 billion yen ($1.15 billion) in response to an emboldened China, a party official told AFP.
Controversial anti-protest laws which sparked unprecedented riots in Ukraine entered force on Tuesday as the latest standoff between thousands of protesters and anti-riot police in Kiev moved into a third day.