7 winter wonderlands we want to spend Christmas in
Photo: Finland, Arto Liiti
Spending Christmas in your mother country is generally a given – but who wouldn't hop in Santa's sleigh for the chance to enjoy Christmas among one of these lovely landscapes? From ice-skating in Boston to dog-sledding in Sweden, we count down 7 of the most Christmassy places on earth…
1. Iceland Centuries of volcanic activity have rendered much of Iceland's jagged natural landscape inhospitable – and breathtakingly magical. We're fascinated by the '13 Yule lads' – not festive-themed porn, believe it or not, but Iceland's answer to Santa Claus.
Two of the largest animals that walk on land – elephants and rhinos – are in crisis. Their very existence in the latter part of the 21st century is in doubt.
In the past three years alone, more than 100,000 elephants have been killed. That’s an average of one dead elephant every 15 minutes due to poaching. This figure is in addition to unprecedented habitat loss due to increased human development. In the last century alone, elephants have completely disappeared from three countries in Africa.
We are at a tipping point, with more elephants being killed than being born each year. We are
I became a dad… and then found out I was HIV positive
In early 2007, Greg Guelda thought that he had everything; relative financial security, health, a loving partner and a child on the way.
A successful entrepreneur, Guelda, now aged 46, had long dreamed of being a father and had began the process of adopting a baby from Guatemala. He’d been with his same-sex partner for two and a half years.
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Guelda had run his own art gallery and real estate business. He’d moved a lot in his life, spending spells in Africa and Central America, but was at a stage in his life when he wanted to start a family.
Chile pastor attacks lawmakers for approving civil unions bill
Photo via Euronews
A pastor insulted and shoved Chilean lawmakers after congress voted in favor of a bill that would give legal protections to gay couples.
Javier Soto on Wednesday (17 December) stormed a congress session, holding a poster protesting the bill and shouting, 'Record, gentlemen... This is the filth they are offering up? To Chileans, this is perversion.'
'This half-naked man… look at this and film it, gentlemen. This is what Mr Rolando Jimenez (spokesperson for gay rights group Homosexual Movement of Integration and Liberation) does. Just look. Tell me otherwise.'