Canada, The Vatican, Belgium, Paris
AROUND THE WORLD (FOX44) – Canada, they may have laws dating back a century that outlaw polygamy in Canada, but that hasn't stopped a fundamentalist Mormon religion from taking hold. It's reported by Canadian news that some men have multiple wives and more than a hundred children. But that may soon come to an end, after a Canadian judge ruled that the century old law banning polygamy is valid, and trumps any infringement on religious freedoms. The judge says the harm done to woman and children is too great to overlook. Polygamist leaders vow to challenge the law.
The Vatican – Pope Benedict called Thursday for courageous displays of brotherhood in the face of the global economic crisis. The Pontiff said the crisis has left people "searching for signs of hope" and called for everyone to help each other. He addressed members of a Catholic charity organization at the Vatican. He said the times "require the courage of brotherhood" for both poor and wealthy nations alike.
Belgium – Instead of Disney on ice, it’s Disney in ice in Europe.
International artists put the finishing touches on a series of ice sculptures for the annual Snow and Ice Festival in Bruges. It took 5-weeks for 29-artists to sculpt more than 200-tons of ice. This year's theme is a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris. Aladdin, Captain Jack Sparrow, Buzz Lightyear and Mickey Mouse are all part of this year's festival.
Paris – Christmas lights along one of the world's most famous avenues were turned on last night. The lights were switched on along the Champs Elysees. The eco-friendly lights adjourn 200-trees along the avenue. Designers of the display said they wanted to bring a new, colorful and animated approach to the annual display.
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