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  • Church should not fear change, Pope says at synod close

    Church should not fear change, Pope says at synod close

    Pope Francis has closed the Bishops Synod that revealed deep divisions on how to respond to homosexuality and divorce, saying today the Church should not be afraid of change and new challenges. Francis, who has said he wants a more merciful and...

  • Lufthansa pilots to strike tomorrow and Tuesday

    German pilots' union VC called a strike at Deutsche Lufthansa for tomorrow and Tuesday, targeting the airline's Airbus 320 planes as well as Boeing 737s. The union said the walkout would last from 1pm until 11pn on Tuesday. The pilots are in...

  • Hong Kong street clashes erupt despite imminent talks

    Hong Kong street clashes erupt despite imminent talks

    Violent clashes erupted in Hong Kong early today for a second night, deepening a sense of impasse between a government with limited options and a pro-democracy movement increasingly willing to confront police. The worst political crisis in Hong...

  • German train strike strands millions

    German train strike strands millions

    Railway workers across Germany have started a two-day strike, stranding millions of passengers. The action, which started yesterday, comes during half-term holidays. A third of long-distance trains are still running, but many travellers have still...

  • US-led jets pound Isis in Kobani

    US-led jets pound Isis in Kobani

    US-led coalition jets pounded suspected Islamic State targets at least six times in the besieged Syrian town of Kobani yesterday after the fiercest shelling in days by the insurgents shook the town’s centre and hit border areas within...

  • Iraq MPs complete government

    The Iraqi Parliament yesterday approved a Sunni Muslim to become Defence Minister and a Shi’ite to be Interior Minister, State television said, as part of a more inclusive government to help tackle Islamist insurgents. Six Kurdish members of the...

  • Hostages’ families in show of unity

    Hostages’ families in show of unity

    The families of two British hostages who were beheaded by Islamic militants have come together in a show of unity at a special service to celebrate the life of one of the murdered men. Michael Haines called on people to join together and “find a...

  • Obama urges Americans not to give in to hysteria over Ebola

    Obama urges Americans not to give in to hysteria over Ebola

    With three cases of Ebola diagnosed in the US but dozens of people being monitored in case they contract the illness, President Barack Obama urged Americans yesterday not to give in to “hysteria” about the spread of the virus. Obama also made...

  • Bishops scrap welcome to gays

    Bishops scrap welcome to gays

    The final version of a controversial Vatican document issued yesterday radically revised its earlier wording on homosexuals, eliminating language that had talked more positively of them than ever before in Church history. The document, called a...

  • Hong Kong activists regroup

    Hong Kong pro-democracy activists recaptured parts of a core protest zone from police early yesterday after hours of turmoil that the city's police chief warned undermined order and jeopardised public safety. Dozens of people were injured in the...

  • Vatican document on family revises language on gays, again

    The final version of a controversial Vatican document issued today radically revised its earlier wording on homosexuals, eliminating language that had talked more positively of them than ever before in church history. The document, called a...

  • Obama says Ebola travel ban could make things worse

    Obama says Ebola travel ban could make things worse

    US President Barack Obama has urged Americans to avoid hysteria over Ebola, and played down the idea of travel bans from Ebola-ravaged countries in West Africa, explaining that restrictions could make things worse. Lawmakers this week urged Obama...

  • Nigeria aims to have abducted girls freed by Tuesday

    Nigeria aims to have secured the release of 200 girls kidnapped by Islamist Boko Haram militants by Tuesday, a senior source at the presidency told Reuters, although he declined to comment on where the transfer would take place. "I can confirm...

  • Cruise ship passenger in voluntary isolation

    Cruise ship passenger in voluntary isolation

    A Texas healthcare worker is now in voluntary isolation on board a cruise ship. The worker works at the the Dallas hospital where two nurses contracted Ebola. The individual, who so far, is showing no symptoms handled body fluids belonging to...

  • Nigeria says it reaches deal with Boko Haram to free abducted girls

    Nigeria says it reaches deal with Boko Haram to free abducted girls

    Nigeria said yesterday it had agreed a ceasefire with Islamist militants Boko Haram and reached a deal for the release of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by the group six months ago. There was no immediate confirmation from the rebels, who...

  • ‘Islamic State militants flying three jets in Syria’

    ‘Islamic State militants flying three jets in Syria’

    Iraqi pilots who have joined Islamic State in Syria are training members of the group to fly in three captured fighter jets, a group monitoring the war said yesterday, saying it was the first time the militant group had taken to the air. The...

  • Two Libyan governments claim control over oil policy, 14 die in Benghazi fighting

    Two Libyan governments claim control over oil policy, 14 die in Benghazi fighting

    At least 14 people were killed when fighting erupted between armed youths and Islamist militias in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi yesterday, medics said. Seven people were wounded on a third day of heavy clashes in the port city where...

  • Texas Ebola health worker is isolated on cruise ship

    Texas Ebola health worker is isolated on cruise ship

    Amid growing concerns about the spread of the virus in the United States, authorities said yesterday a Texas health worker who may have had contact with specimens from an Ebola patient was quarantined on a cruise ship. Meanwhile, President Barack...

  • German hostages freed by militants in the Philippines

    German hostages freed by militants in the Philippines

    Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist militants in the Philippines released two German hostages yesterday, after saying they would behead one of them if their demands were not met. The hostages, captured by the Abu Sayyaf group in April from a yacht on the...

  • Clashes erupt in Hong Kong

    Clashes erupt in Hong Kong

    Hong Kong riot police using pepper spray and batons charged pro-democracy protesters who mobilised en masse yesterday evening after a pre-dawn clearance of a major protest zone in the Chinese-controlled financial hub. More than a thousand...