SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of As about a dozen elderly men loiter in a small plaza near a cinema, mostly chatting or watching people pass by, several deeply wrinkled women stroll among them, trolling for customers willing to pay for sex in nearby motels.
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WASHINGTON A 5-year-old girl in a brilliantly colored dress and braids who was handed up to Pope Francis for a blessing during a parade in Washington on Wednesday morning urged the pontiff to give his blessing to immigration reform and push lawmakers to act.
WASHINGTON Pope Francis was hard to spot in the motorcade of more than 20 armed SUVs and police cars that motored into the nation’s capital late Tuesday. The pontiff ditched the fancy wheels in favour of a much more modest ride: a Fiat.
RIVER FOREST, Ill. An Illinois man has spent up to 10 hours every day for 11 years cleaning and fixing 1,500 paintings for museums nationwide. He’s done an estimated $5 million worth of work.
He didn’t get paid once.
TORONTO Buffy Sainte-Marie has won this year’s $50,000 Polaris Music Prize.
A jury of 11 music critics, bloggers and broadcasters named the album “Power in the Blood” the best Canadian record of the last year.
The folk icon beat out nine other finalists for the award including rap superstar Drake, former Polaris winner Caribou and Toronto rockers Alvvays.
LONDON Many people have student antics they’d rather forget.
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s university days at Oxford are in the news thanks to a new book by a former Conservative Party treasurer.
BOSTON A Cornell University graduate student who allowed honeybees to sting him in 25 places and a group of scientists who concluded it’s possible for one man to father 888 children are among the winners of this year’s Ig Nobels, which honour humorous scientific achievement.
FRYAZINO, Russia The elderly former Soviet military officer who answers the door is known in the West as “The man who saved the world.”
A movie with that title, which hits theatres in the United States on Friday, tells the harrowing story of Sept. 26, 1983, when Stanislav Petrov made a decision credited by many with averting a nuclear war.
AUSTIN, Texas As the U.S. and Russia reached the brink of nuclear war in 1962, President John F. Kennedy received top-secret intelligence from the CIA that a new warhead launcher was spotted in Cuba.
STAVANGER, Norway In a break with Nobel tradition, the former secretary of the Nobel Peace Prize committee says the 2009 award to President Barack Obama failed to live up to the panel’s expectations.