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.
As First Nations activists shut down roads and bridges in protest last year, the Counter-Intelligence Unit of the Ministry of National Defence was watching. Closely.
All the while, behind the scenes, they were preparing to tell the media they were doing no such thing.
The Canadian Forces spent virtually all of 2013 keeping eyes on the Aboriginal protesters, out of fear that they could pose a threat to military personnel or intercept weapons shipments, according to documents obtained under Access to Information laws.
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.
One thousand Christians have been forced from their place of worship in a city in eastern China after Communist Party officials decided their 10-storey mega-church was an eyesore that needed to be destroyed.
A wave of church demolitions in Zhejiang province has raised fears that Beijing is reining in China’s rapidly growing Christian community, which some leaders believe could pose a political threat.
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.