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  • Updated - Vatican document challenges Church to change attitude to gays

    Updated - Vatican document challenges Church to change attitude to gays

    Updated - Adds audio comments by Gozo Bishop Mario Grech who is taking part in the Synod. In a dramatic shift in tone, a Vatican document said today that homosexuals had "gifts and qualities to offer" and asked if Catholicism could accept gays and...

  • 1000-year old Viking treasure hoard found in Scotland

    A hoard of Viking gold and silver artefacts dating back over 1,000 years has been discovered by a treasure hunter with a metal detector in Scotland, in a find hailed by experts as one of the country's most significant. Derek McLennan, a retired...

  • Penelope Cruz 'sexiest woman alive'

    Penelope Cruz 'sexiest woman alive'

    Penelope Cruz is Esquire's "sexiest woman alive", the 11th woman to be given the title by the magazine. Previous winners include Angelina Jolie, Halle Berry, Rihanna, Charlize Theron and Scarlett Johansson. The Vicky Cristina Barcelona and Vanilla...

  • Oil prices head for 4-year low

    Oil prices head for 4-year low

    Brent crude oil fell below $88 a barrel today, its lowest in almost four years, after key Middle East producers signalled they would keep output high even if that meant lower prices. Saudi Arabia has privately told oil market participants it can...

  • Pistorius 'broken man' over killing

    Pistorius 'broken man' over killing

     Updated 1 p.m. Oscar Pistorius is a "broken man" after killing his girlfriend because he lost the woman he loved as well as his reputation, friends, income and sense of self-worth, a psychologist has told his sentencing hearing. Dr Lore...

  • Health worker diagnosed with the Ebola virus in US

    Health worker diagnosed with the Ebola virus in US

    A health worker in Texas at the hospital treating the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States tested positive for the deadly virus yesterday, raising fresh worries about the spread of the disease beyond West Africa. The worker at...

  • Signs of hope for infected Spanish nurse

    Signs of hope for infected Spanish nurse

    Spanish health authorities said yesterday there were signs of hope for a nurse infected with Ebola in Madrid as the levels of the virus in her body were diminishing, though they also said she remained in a serious condition. Teresa Romero, 44,...

  • In Brussels, Juncker has reasons to be cheerful

    In Brussels, Juncker has reasons to be cheerful

    Jean-Claude Juncker has come through his first big test as the European Union’s chief executive with reasons to be cheerful, even if he faces another tricky couple of weeks to get a team in place that can take office next month. The...

  • Divided Bosnians vote in elections with little hope of changing system

    Divided Bosnians vote in elections with little hope of changing system

    Bosnians voted for national, regional and local representatives yesterday in elections dominated by still-unresolved issues of identity and statehood after almost 20 years of peace, and with scant prospect of any genuine change. Many Bosnians had...

  • Police in Libya struggling to secure stretched border

    Police in Libya struggling to secure stretched border

    When the man in charge of Libya’s main border crossing with Egypt checks his staff rota every morning, he can count on a maximum of just 30 officers. The tiny force polices the northern tip of a 1,115 km desert border, where Egypt and its Western...

  • ‘Tunisia is cracking down on jihadists’

    ‘Tunisia is cracking down on jihadists’

    Tunisia has arrested some 1,500 suspected jihadists this year, Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa told Reuters yesterday, part of a security crackdown aimed at safeguarding the North African country's fragile transition to democracy. Among those held are...

  • Hong Kong’s leader vows to stay in office

    Hong Kong’s leader vows to stay in office

    Hong Kong’s embattled leader Leung Chun-ying vowed yesterday to stay in office, warning students demanding his resignation that their pro-democracy movement was out of control. Leung said the blockade of key parts of the Asian financial hub - now...

  • Kurdish defenders holding off Islamic State in Kobani

    Kurdish defenders holding off Islamic State in Kobani

    Kurdish defenders held off Islamic State militants in Syria’s border town of Kobani yesterday, but the fighters struck with deadly bombings in Iraq, killing dozens of Kurds in the north and assassinating a provincial police commander in the...

  • Militant attacks kill dozens in Iraq

    Militant attacks kill dozens in Iraq

    Iraq, yesterday saw a second straight day of bomb attacks that killed dozens of people. Suspected Islamic State bombers assassinated an Iraqi provincial police chief and killed 28 people in an attack on a Kurdish security headquarters during mass...

  • Setting sail

    Setting sail

    Sailing boats gather at the start of the Barcolana regatta in front of Trieste harbour yesterday. The annual Barcolana regatta in the Gulf of Trieste near northern Italy is one of the largest sailing races in the world with over 1,800 participants.

  • World briefs

    World briefs

    Fans of “superfoods” are being given advice on how to grow “supergardens” filled with fruit and vegetables packed with nutrition and flavour. The Royal Horticultural Society said any garden, whatever its size, can be used to grow foods ranging...

  • Pistorius due in court for sentence

    Pistorius due in court for sentence

    Oscar Pistorius faces sentencing this week in a South African court after being convicted of culpable homicide for killing girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The sentencing of the double-amputee athlete is expected to involve several days of legal...

  • US girl dies in haunted ride crash

    A teenager has died and two other people remain in a critical condition after a haunted hay ride crashed in Mechanic Falls, Maine. Police did not release the name of the 17-year-old girl who died overnight of injuries sustained when the Jeep...

  • Updated: US health worker positive for Ebola

    Updated: US health worker positive for Ebola

    A US healthcare worker who provided hospital care for an Ebola patient who later died has tested positive for the virus and is in a stable condition. Dr Daniel Varga, of the Texas Health Resource, said the worker was in full protective gear when...

  • UK conducts test in case of Ebola outbreak

    UK conducts test in case of Ebola outbreak

    UK authorities conduct an exercise to test the country's Ebola readiness. Julie Noce reports.