Muslims go to Catholic Mass in France, Italy for solidarity

July 31, 2016

Muslims in France and Italy flocked to Mass on Sunday, a gesture of interfaith solidarity following a drumbeat of jihadi attacks that threatens to deepen religious divisions across Europe.…

The Latest: Pope on Pell: Let justice take its course

July 31, 2016

The Latest on the pope’s visit to Poland (all times local):…

Do Japanese really work themselves to death? In some cases, yes.

July 31, 2016

Experts say Japan must overhaul its entire working culture to eliminate “death by overwork.”…

Eight years after they helped wreck the economy, Ireland sends 3 bankers to prison

July 31, 2016

No senior banking executives have received jail time in Britain or the United States, but Ireland just handed down three rare convictions.…

Six-year-old Afghan girl reportedly sold in marriage

July 31, 2016

The buyer has been described as a Muslim cleric in his 50s or 60s.…

Russian television shows what the Kremlin thinks of Clinton

July 31, 2016

To understand what the Kremlin thinks about the prospect of Hillary Clinton becoming the U.S. president, it was enough to watch Russian state television coverage of her accepting the Democratic…

Australia hit again: computer, shirts stolen at Rio Olympics

July 31, 2016

A laptop and team shirts have been stolen from Australia’s accommodation at the Olympic athletes’ village while the building was being evacuated because of a small fire, the head of…

Pope to young on Poland trip: Believe ‘in a new humanity’

July 31, 2016

Pope Francis encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people at a global gathering Sunday to “believe in a new humanity” that is stronger than evil and refuses to see borders…

Syrian rebels launch push aimed at breaking Aleppo siege

July 31, 2016

Syrian rebels launched an offensive aimed at breaking the government’s siege of eastern Aleppo on Sunday, where the U.N. estimates some 300,000 people are trapped with dwindling food and medical…

Venezuela attorney general says Congress illegally formed

July 31, 2016

The conflict between Venezuela’s socialist government and its opposition-led Congress is growing even sharper.…

Armenia: 20 gunmen surrender, police station standoff over

July 31, 2016

All 20 gunmen inside a police compound in Armenia’s capital surrendered Sunday, ending a two-week standoff that left two police officers dead and several wounded on both sides, the security…

Erdogan supporters rally in Germany, denounce failed coup

July 31, 2016

Thousands rallied in the German city of Cologne on Sunday to denounce the failed July 15 coup in Turkey and show support for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.…

Palestinians file FIFA complaint over Israeli restrictions

July 31, 2016

The head of the Palestinian soccer federation has submitted a complaint to the international soccer governing body, FIFA, after Israel prevented seven soccer players and staff from traveling from the…

Socially conservative Guatemala sees quiet LGBTQ gains

July 31, 2016

Alex Castillo knew growing up that he was a boy trapped in a girl’s body. It wasn’t until recently, 40 years after his birth, that the government of his native…

No-rent lifestyle: Argentine man’s lived 40 years in a cave

July 31, 2016

Pedro Luca has lived in a cave in northern Argentina for 40 years.…

Egypt court upholds 1-year jail ruling for Islam researcher

July 31, 2016

An Egyptian court has confirmed a one-year prison term for a former TV host who was convicted of “defaming religious symbols” and Muslim scholars after he called for removal of…

Greek police detain 25 anarchists who interrupt a Mass

July 31, 2016

Greek police say they have detained 25 anarchists who burst into the cathedral in the northern city of Thessaloniki and interrupted a Mass, chanting slogans and dropping flyers.…

Tokyo elects first woman governor to tackle Olympic-size tasks

July 31, 2016

Yuriko Koike will run the Japanese capital — and try to sort out the mess of the 2020 games.…

Tokyo elects 1st female governor to lead city into Olympics

July 31, 2016

Tokyo on Sunday elected its first female governor to lead the city as it prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, as voters turned to a leader promising clean politics after…

History of World Youth Day events since they began in 1980s

July 31, 2016

Here is a look at all past World Youth Day meetings, which grew out of encounters between Pope Paul II and youth in Rome in 1984 and 1985. As Pope…

Extremists attack on police center in Somalia kills 5

July 31, 2016

Extremists in Somalia attacked a heavily fortified police center in the capital Sunday, killing at least five people before security forces ended the assault, police said.…

Bahrain: Detainee dies of ‘medical condition’ in custody

July 31, 2016

Authorities in Bahrain say a detainee has died while in custody.…

Attack at Yemen border kills 7 Saudi border guards

July 31, 2016

The Saudi-led military coalition says seven Saudi border guards, including an officer, have been killed in a cross-border clash with militants from Yemen.…

Britain’s scientists are freaking out over Brexit

July 31, 2016

Researchers worry that the vote to leave the E.U. could isolate and stifle British innovation.…

Thai queen improves after lung infection treatment

July 31, 2016

Thailand’s royal palace says that 83-year-old Queen Sirikit suffered a lung infection but her condition has improved.…

China detains Japanese for ‘endangering state security’

July 31, 2016

The Chinese Foreign Ministry confirmed media reports that authorities have detained a Japanese citizen on suspicion of endangering China’s state security.…

Tunisian leader loses no confidence vote, parliament president says government to resign

July 31, 2016

Tunisian leader loses no confidence vote, parliament president says government to resign.…

Tunisian lawmakers pass no confidence vote, firing PM

July 31, 2016

Tunisia’s parliament passed a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Habib Essid on Saturday, effectively disbanding the government of the U.S.-trained agricultural economist.…

IOC sets up 3-person panel to rule on Russian entries

July 31, 2016

A three-person International Olympic Committee panel will make a final ruling on which individual Russian athletes are allowed to compete in the Rio de Janeiro Games.…

Fighting between rival Tuareg groups kills 6 in NE Mali

July 30, 2016

Fighting broke out Saturday in northeastern Mali between a coalition of Tuareg rebels and a Tuareg group allied with the government of this West African country, killing at least six…

Brazil cuts ribbon on new subway line crucial for Olympics

July 30, 2016

Brazil’s highest officials celebrated the completion of a much-delayed $3 billion subway expansion that will play a crucial part in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday…

The Latest: Organizers say 1.6 million at event with pope

July 30, 2016

The Latest on the pope’s visit to Poland (all times local):…

Pope to young: Try politics, activism; don’t be couch potato

July 30, 2016

Pope Francis challenged hundreds of thousands of young people who gathered in a sprawling Polish meadow to reject being a “couch potato” who retreats into video games and computer screens…

Syrian civilians begin leaving rebel-held parts of Aleppo

July 30, 2016

Opposition activists said state media was attempting to falsely suggest that people were leaving in large numbers.…

Armenian police accuse barricaded gunmen of killing officer

July 30, 2016

Armed members of an opposition group barricaded inside a police station in Armenia’s capital shot an officer dead on Saturday, police said.…

Man in Belgium charged with “terrorist murders” attempt

July 30, 2016

A man in Belgium has been charged with attempting to commit “terrorist murders” and participating in a terror group and his brother has been released without charge, the Federal Prosecutor’s…

Saints’ blood and bones inspire Catholic pilgrims in Poland

July 30, 2016

Relics of saints aren’t rare in Krakow, especially these days.…

118 dormitories burned in Kenya in wave of arson attacks

July 30, 2016

More than 100 high school dormitories in Kenya have been burned in a wave of arson attacks over the past three months.…

Burundi demonstrators protest plan to deploy UN police

July 30, 2016

More than 1,000 people in Burundi participated in a government-backed demonstration in the capital, Bujumbura, Saturday to protest France’s proposal passed by U.N. Security Council to deploy U.N. police to…

Yemen government withdraws from Kuwait talks with rebels

July 30, 2016

Yemen’s government delegation on Saturday quit talks in Kuwait with Shiite Houthi rebels, having agreed to resume them earlier this month.…

Syrian civilians begin leaving rebel-held parts of Aleppo

July 30, 2016

Dozens of families and some opposition fighters started leaving besieged rebel-held neighborhoods in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on Saturday after the government opened safe corridors for civilians and…

Putin tests West’s sanctions resolve on visit to Slovenia

July 30, 2016

Russian President Vladimir Putin struck a conciliatory tone Saturday on a visit to Slovenia, shaking hands and honoring dead soldiers as he tested Western resolve in maintaining crippling sanctions against…

Philippine president calls off truce after rebel attack

July 30, 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte called off a 5-day-old cease-fire after communist guerrillas killed a government militiaman and failed to declare their own truce by a Saturday deadline, in an early…

What’s safe? Europe grapples with security after attacks

July 30, 2016

You can’t put a guard in every church and patrol every beach. But after a wave of attacks in Western Europe, authorities are struggling to protect their people as best…

US Army secretary says US-South Korea war games to proceed

July 30, 2016

U.S. Army Secretary Eric Fanning says annual war games between the United States and South Korea will go ahead next month, despite North Korea’s warning of a “vicious” showdown if…

Teen released, 2 still in custody for French church attack

July 30, 2016

A teenager detained following the gruesome killing of an 85-year-old priest by a pair of jihadi attackers in northwest France was released Saturday, a French official said.…

Fighting between Turkish forces, Kurdish rebels kills 43

July 30, 2016

Authorities say fighting between Turkish forces and Kurdish rebels in the restive southeast of the country has killed eight Turkish soldiers and 35 Kurdish fighters.…

Bavaria governor criticizes Merkel’s ‘we will manage’ mantra

July 30, 2016

Bavaria’s governor is distancing himself from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mantra that “we will manage” the refugee crisis following several attacks in Germany, including two committed by asylum-seekers and claimed by…

2 Indian soldiers, 2 rebels killed in fighting in Kashmir

July 30, 2016

India’s army says two rebels and two Indian soldiers were killed in an overnight gunbattle close to the cease-fire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan.…

North Korea sends close aide of Kim Jong Un to Rio

July 30, 2016

North Korea has sent a high-level delegation led by a top aide to leader Kim Jong Un to Rio de Janeiro for the upcoming Olympic Games.…

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