Romania: Church patriarch's paint-roller blessing News from Elsewhere... ...media reports from around the world, found by BBC Monitoring Continue reading the main story More News from Elsewhere Army's 'cultural revolution' Not buckled up Gift of bees The leader of Romania's Orthodox church has been mocked for using a paint-roller dipped in holy oil to bless new TV and radio studios, it's been reported. Patriarch Daniel unleashed his unusual blessing technique as he inaugurated the studios of church-owned Trinitas Radio and Television, the Romanian HotNews website reported . Photographs published by the Orthodox Church website show the patriarch carrying out a traditional blessing service, before moving through offices and studios with the roller on the end of a long pole. The ceremony did not go unnoticed by Romania's press and internet humorists, with altered versions of the photos being widely circulated, Adevarul news website report
Gas transit pipeline explodes in Ukraine Published time: June 17, 2014 13:01 Edited time: June 17, 2014 17:09 Get short URL Screenshot from youtube.com video Share on tumblr Trends Ukraine turmoil Tags Blast , Gas , Ukraine An explosion has struck a pipeline in the central Ukrainian Poltava region. Witnesses say flames from the blast are up to 200 meter high. “The explosion occurred at about 14:45 local time in a field,” the local police press-service said in a statement. Due to the “flame and the high temperatures,” it was “impossible to get closer to the epicenter.” The “Brotherhood” natural gas pipeline (Urengoy-Pomary-Uzhgorod) is about one kilometer away from the nearest settlement. No injuries have been reported from the blast. Fire fighting crews have been deployed to the scene. The blaze, which according to the Interior Ministry towered 100 meters high, was put out by “between 4 and 5 pm.” Pipeline faucets have been tempo
The White House on Monday defended a controversial deal that freed the lone American prisoner of war from the conflict in Afghanistan, saying that giving Congress 30 days to review the deal was "not an option." Press secretary Jay Carney said "unique and exigent circumstances" forced the administration to move quickly to secure the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The White House spokesman said the state of Bergdahl's health, that he had been held in captivity for five years and "the fact there were no guarantees the window would remain open" all played into the decision to make the prisoner swap. Carney also said the transfer, under which five Taliban militants being held at the prison at Guantanamo Bay were freed, should "not have come as a surprise" to members of Congress. "We have been engaged in an effort for years, as we should have been, to recover Sgt. Bergdahl, a prisoner of war in Afghanistan," Carney said. "