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CM Buzdar felicitates Christian community on Christmas

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Monday congratulated the Christian community on their holy festival of Christmas. According to a statement released from his house, the chief minister said that birthday of Jesus Christ is sacred occasion for the Christian community as well as for the Muslims adding that it provides an opportunity to promote mutual love, affection and bilateral relations. Usman Buzdar said that in line with the injunctions of Islam, respect and honor of all the Prophets of Allah Almighty…

Fake priest unmasked after 18 years

A Colombian man who pretended to be a Roman Catholic priest for 18 years hearing confessions and celebrating weddings, was exposed just before Christmas, the diocese in Spain where he was preaching said Monday. Marriages and baptisms carried out by Miguel Angel Ibarra remain valid but confessions are not even though the "grace of God acted" on the faithful who were deceived, the spokeswoman for the diocese of Cadiz and Ceuta told AFP. Ibarra moved to Spain from Colombia in October 2017 and had been in charge of the…

Banksy gifts Welsh steel town a white Christmas attraction

LONDON: Banksy fans are flocking to the Welsh town of Port Talbot to see a new mural by the elusive British street artist depicting a child covered in snow that is in fact ash from a burning bin. The subversive artist confirmed on Instagram that the “Season’s Greetings” mural on a breeze block garage wall was genuine. It shows a small boy wrapped up against the cold with his tongue stuck out and arms aloft to catch snow flakes. The rest of the mural around the corner of the garage shows that the white flakes are in…

Autotuned autocrat: Turkmen leader croons Christmas song

Turkmenistan's President, accused by rights groups of heading one of the world's most repressive regimes, encouraged citizens to "play the tune of love" in a self-penned Christmas song performed on state television.  Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov sat behind a white piano for the Eurovision-style clip while his 14-year-old grandson accompanied him on synths in the video also released online. "With its beautiful melody and heartfelt words, the song penetrated deep into the soul of all listeners, leaving strong impressions,"…

Christmas teaches lesson of unity, peace: Fayazul Hassan

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Information and Culture Fayazul Hassan Chohan on Saturday said that Christian community had played a pivotal role in Pakistan Movement and their festival teaches the lesson of unity, peace and love. Addressing a ceremony held in connection with Christmas by Alhamra Arts Council, Fayazul Hassan Chohan assured that the minorities’ festivals would be fully safeguarded and protected like Muslims’ festivals. According to a statement released from the ministry, the information minister along with…

Zoo animals get Christmas treats

LONDON: From an advent calendar filled with Brussels sprouts to breakfast served in a stocking, animals at London Zoo got an early taste of Christmas on Thursday. Keepers served the sprouts, a popular side dish on festive tables in Britain, to the zoo’s western lowland gorillas. Bactrian camels Genghis and Noemi got their breakfast of hay in a large red stocking while Asiatic lionesses Indi, Heidi and Rubi woke up to their own version of a Christmas pudding - a cinnamon and nutmeg-scented ball. “Big cats ...…

Govt promoting true image of Pakistan: Fayazul Hassan

LAHORE: Punjab Minister for Information and Culture Fayazul Hassan Chohan on Thursday said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf's (PTI) government is making all-out efforts to promote true image of the country wherein no discrimination in respect of color, creed and culture would be made with any community. Addressing a ceremony held in connection with Christmas and the birth anniversary of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, organized by Punjab Youth Council and Rotary Club here at the Punjab Institute of Language, Art and Culture (PILAC),…

Meghan Markle makes Christmas trip to care home

LONDON: Meghan Markle, Britain’s Duchess of Sussex, joked she was feeling “very pregnant” as she carried out a solo official engagement on Tuesday, a day after her father had made headlines by pleading with her to get in touch with him. Meghan, 37, who is expecting her first child with husband Prince Harry next Spring, joined in Christmas celebrations at a nursing and care home for those who had worked in the entertainment industry. Asked by one of the residents how she was feeling, she replied “very good”, before…

Nature needs its little helpers too, says Santa

ROVANIEMI, Finland: At the Santa Claus Village in Lapland, a team of elves are on hand to go through the 30,000 letters that arrive daily in the final run-up to Christmas. Sent from children all over the world, each letter asks Santa to leave them gifts under their Christmas trees as a reward for being good during the year. Sitting in his chamber reading the letters, Santa revealed what he would like for Christmas in his annual message on Monday. “Our friend nature has been in trouble for a while now and now we all…