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Church should not be afraid of change: Pope Francis

Pope Francis catches an Italian flag thrown by a pilgrim at the end of the beatification ceremony of Pope Paul VI— AP

Pope Francis has closed an assembly of Catholic bishops that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying on Sunday the Church should not be afraid of change and new

Iran acid attacks linked to veils?

A series of acid attacks on women in the historic Iranian city of Isfahan has raised fears and prompted rumours that the victims were targeted for not being properly veiled.

Erdogan refuses to arm Kurds in Syria

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday rejected calls for Turkey to arm the main Kurdish party in Syria, describing the group as a terrorist organisation.

Top Iran rights lawyer barred for three years

Award-winning Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh told AFP Sunday that she has been barred from practising for three years and will hold a protest against the decision this week.

Escaping Kobane a risk worth taking, say refugees

The stone house has just two rooms but is now home to five Syrian families who fled the besieged town of Kobane to the relative safety of Turkey just a few kilometres away.

North Korea, South exchange border fire

North and South Korean troops briefly exchanged fire Sunday in the latest in a series of minor border skirmishes that have raised military tensions on the divided peninsula.

ISIS suffers heavy losses in Kobane

Thick smoke and flames from a fire rise following a strike in Kobane during fighting between Syrian Kurds and ISIS— AFP,AP

Airstrikes hit 20 ISIS fighting positions

Ukraine, Russia reach winter gas price deal

Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko confirmed that an agreement has been reached with Russia on a provisional price for gas deliveries during the coming winter months.

Academic makes Twitter splash with ‘Nein’

Former Ivy League professor of German Eric Jarosinski seemed an unlikely Twitter phenomenon in the making, at least on paper.

WHO likely to declare Nigeria Ebola-free today

EU to meet to scale up Ebola response

Five Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) commanders including the militant group’s spokesperson Shahidullah Shahid have announced their oath of allegiance to Abu Bakar al-Baghdadi, self-proclaimed caliph

When the Ethiopian footballer, Fikru Teferra Lemessa, chipped the ball over the rival goalkeeper, the roar that reverberated through the Salt Lake Stadium could have been mistaken for a goal scored in