| Dec 20, 2013
| 10:39 AM
BEIRUT -- An iconic Lebanese singer has stirred controversy by expressing her love for the leader of the Shiite Muslim militant group Hezbollah.
Ziad Rahbbani, an accomplished songwriter in his own right and son of Lebanese singer Fairouz, caused a...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 11:25 AM
MOSCOW — Two members of the feminist punk-rock band Pussy Riot were freed from prison Monday as part of an amnesty law that one of them immediately denounced as "a profanity."
The two musicians were released after serving most of their two-year...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 3:25 PM
Christmas Eve worshipers at Columbia's Village of Oakland Mills on Tuesday will do the interfaith shuffle: Catholics departing the sanctuary with their hymnals, white altar cloth, candles and crucifix; Protestants entering with their own hymnals, white...
| Dec 22, 2013
| 10:15 AM
Downers Grove and nearby towns saw their share of quirky, controversial and tragic news in 2013, from hotly contested village policies to a freak accident that took the life of a high school senior. In no particular order, here is a look back at some of...
| Dec 29, 2013
| 1:56 PM
Nicholas James Kiladis, a former contracts administrator for the Maryland Transit Administration, died Dec. 25 at Oak Crest, a long-term care facility in Parkville, of complications from a brain injury he suffered in November 2012. He was 79.
| Dec 30, 2013
| 1:25 PM
I received the Christmas reminiscence below last year from Julia Romanchak, 88, of Bethlehem. I think it's wonderful, but a series of misadventures — all my fault — kept it from being published.
I wanted to run it before this holiday...
| Dec 30, 2013
| 11:00 AM
MOSCOW — At least 14 people were killed and 28 injured Monday in the second suspected suicide bombing in the southern Russian city of Volgograd in as many days, heightening concern about security at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi....
| Jan 5, 2014
| 10:17 AM
At least a dozen young people will race to retrieve a cross thrown into the waters of Mother’s Beach in Long Beach on Sunday in the annual Greek Orthodox celebration commemorating the baptism of Jesus Christ.
The Epiphany celebration for the...
| Jan 6, 2014
| 10:18 AM
Tens of thousands of books were lost to fire when a library in Lebanon was set ablaze.
Officials said unknown arsonists torched Tripoli's Saeh Library, or Traveler's Library, Friday after claims that its founder, Father Ibrahim Sarouja, a Greek Orthodox...
| Jan 8, 2014
| 4:04 PM
Can a person who isn't religious thoroughly enjoy religion? It's a question I've been asking myself since I fulfilled a lifelong desire to attend a midnight Mass on Christmas Eve.
It was raining, but after short walk, I walked in to a packed Victorian...
| Jan 13, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Mikhail Kalashnikov denied throughout his long life that he bore any responsibility for the millions of deaths caused by his namesake invention, the 100 million-plus AK-47 assault rifles that have been the weapon of choice for guerrillas, terrorists and...