The Hagia Sophia: A landmark that was converted from a church to a mosque, to a museum, and then mosque again

The Hagia Sophia is a major historical monument and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in Istanbul, Turkey. The sixth-century architectural masterpiece is famous for reflecting the various religious changes the Mediterranean region faced over the years. Originally built to serve as a cathedral, the Hagia Sophia was later converted into a mosque, then a … Read more

Nepal prime minister declares national day of mourning, panel to investigate cause of plane crash

The prime minister of Nepal has declared Monday a national day of mourning, and the country’s government has set up a panel to investigate the cause of the plane crash that killed at least 68 of the 72 people aboard on Sunday, according to reports. “I saw the plane trembling, moving left and right, and … Read more

China blasts ‘unacceptable’ COVID-19 travel restrictions, claims political motivations for new rules

Chinese officials blasted foreign nations that announced “unacceptable” COVID-19 travel restrictions, vowing to take “countermeasures” in response.  “Some countries have taken entry restrictions targeting only Chinese travelers,” China’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ning told reporters. “This lacks scientific basis and some practices are unacceptable.” “We firmly reject using COVID measures for political purposes and will … Read more