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Doomsday sets off parties worldwide

ENDGAME. Students celebrate their graduation—alive and well—in front of a replica of a Mayan pyramid in Mexico before a countdown ceremony to assure people it is not the end of the world. AFP

Doomsayers hunkered down on Friday to await the coming apocalypse, but most took a lighthearted view of a Mayan “prophecy” of the world’s destruction, laying on stunts and parties to while away the end.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Latest News Stories,Photos & Videos,World | Read More »

China arrests nearly 1,000 doomsday ‘cult’ members

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China has arrested nearly 1,000 people in a crackdown on a Christian sect that spread doomsday rumors and targeted communist rule, state media said Thursday ahead of the supposedly Mayan-foretold apocalypse.

Posted: December 20th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Mexico acknowledges 2nd Mayan reference to 2012

Mexico’s archaeology institute downplays theories that the ancient Mayas predicted some sort of apocalypse in 2012, but now acknowledges that a second reference to the date exists on a carved fragment from a ruin site in the country’s south.

Posted: November 25th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Rapture predictor recovering in nursing home

The California radio preacher who predicted the apocalypse on May 21 has been moved to a nursing home, where he is recovering from a stroke he suffered last month.

Posted: July 6th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Earthquake shakes US Bay Area

SAN FRANCISCO – People across the San Francisco Bay Area felt the rumblings of a small earthquake on Saturday night, but there were no reports of any damages or injuries. The magnitude-3.6 earthquake struck just before 7:05 p.m. and was centered near the city of Hercules at a depth of about 5½ miles, according to [...]

Posted: May 22nd, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Apocalypse believers await end, skeptics carry on

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OAKLAND – They spent months warning the world of the apocalypse, some giving away earthly belongings or draining their savings accounts. And so they waited, vigilantly, on Saturday for the appointed hour to arrive. When 6 p.m. came and went across the continental U.S. and various spots around the globe, and no extraordinary cataclysm occurred, [...]

Posted: May 22nd, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Apocalypse almost: World waits for Rapture

WASHINGTON—Warnings by a US fundamentalist preacher that Saturday is Judgment Day have sent some people into hiding or scrambling to repent, while others are planning parties to wave off good Christians. Eighty-nine-year-old tele-evangelist Harold Camping’s prophecy says the Rapture will begin with powerful earthquakes at 6 p.m. local time in each of the world’s regions, [...]

Posted: May 21st, 2011 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

Prophet of doom to watch ‘apocalypse’ on TV

BY THE TIME you read this, true believers will be in heaven and nonbelievers will be left behind to be engulfed in the world’s end in a few months. US-based evangelist and cult leader Henry Camping has predicted that Judgment Day or the Rapture—the time when God’s chosen people will ascend to heaven and the [...]

Posted: May 21st, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

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