By Christopher McCall MELBOURNE, Dec 26 – More than 100 homes burned down in a leading Australian tourist area in bushfires on Christmas Day and the situation remained dangerous on Saturday, as officials predicted more blazes to come later in the hot southern summer. While around 500 firefighters and 13 firefighting aircraft battled the flames
BEIJING, Dec 24 – At least four Western countries took the unusual step on Thursday of issuing Christmas security warnings for Westerners in a popular Beijing diplomatic and entertainment district as police stepped up patrols. Beijing is generally safe and criminals rarely target foreigners, although the fashionable Sanlitun bar and restaurant area occasionally sees fights.
By Jim Finkle and Radhika Rukmangadhan Dec 23 – Hyatt Hotels Corp said on Wednesday that its payment processing system was infected with credit-card-stealing malware in an attack discovered three weeks ago, the latest in a series of breaches at hospitality firms. Company spokeswoman Stephanie Sheppard said in an email late on Wednesday that the
The Israeli occupation is leading to the exodus of Palestinian Christians from their most sacred site By Maher Abukhater Christmas in Bethlehem is unlike anywhere else in the world “This is the most important place for Christianity. It is the cradle of Christianity,” Ziad Bandak, who was assigned by the Palestinian Authority (PA) to restore
By Maher Abukhater WEB EXCLUSIVE BETHLEHEM Dec 6 – To the cheers of several thousand Palestinians and international visitors who battled zero degree temperatures and extraordinarily tight security to reach Manger Square in Bethlehem on December 5, the traditional 15-meter high Christmas tree was lit. Churches all over Bethlehem and Palestine—along with churches in 17