Sacred Easter Island statues suffer 'irreparable damage' after volcano fire

FILE - Statues of heads known as 'Moais' stand at Rano Raraku, the quarry on Easter Island or Rapa Nui, Chile, on August 2012. (Karen Schwartz / AP) FILE - Statues of heads known as 'Moais' stand at Rano Raraku, the quarry on Easter Island or Rapa Nui, Chile, on August 2012. (Karen Schwartz / AP)

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Quebec adopts law making oath to King optional for elected members

Quebec's legislature has passed a law putting an end to the requirement that members swear an oath to the King. The Coalition Avenir Quebec government had tabled a bill on Tuesday making the oath to the monarch optional after three members of the opposition Parti Quebecois refused to swear the oath and were barred from sitting.

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