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Russia considers expanding ‘gay propaganda’ law

The Russian parliament has moved to tighten already stringent restrictions on the discussion of LGBTQ rights and relationships. A draft bill calling for the broadening of a 2013 ban on the “promotion of non-traditional sexual relations” to minors, widely referred to as the “gay propaganda” bill, was announced on the website of the parliament, or Read More…

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April Fools! San Francisco police pull over driverless car

San Francisco police were left scratching their heads after they pulled over a car earlier this month for driving without headlights at night and found no one inside. In what otherwise would have been a great April Fools’ Day joke, San Francisco police officers pulled over a driverless car operated by General Motor Co’s Cruise Read More…

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Elephant dung filters botanical mix for South African gin maker

In picture above: Les Ansley, owner of Indlovu Gin, holds a white cloth bag filled with botanicals extracted from dried elephant dung, used to make Indlovu gin, in Paarl, near Cape Town, South Africa, January 28, 2022. REUTERS/Sumaya Hisham One of the joys of artisanal gin-making is sniffing the fragrant botanicals, fruits and seeds used Read More…

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“You caught me!” Pope congratulates reporter who saw him at record shop

Pope Francis has congratulated the reporter who caught him visiting old friends who run a Rome record shop this week, joking that it was his “bad luck” that the news got out. The visit on Tuesday night was to have remained secret but Javier Martinez-Brocal of the Rome Reports television news agency was in the Read More…