Silent but defiant, Cardinal George Pell made his first court appearance in Australia on Wednesday on charges of sexual abuse, vowing through his lawyer to fight the allegations that have rocked Rome and threatened the pope's image as a crusader against abusive clergy.
A tense standoff was underway between Israel and Muslim worshippers at a Beit-ul-Moqaddas holy site Wednesday despite the removal of metal detectors, with concerns of major unrest later this week if a resolution is not found.
Human Rights Watch pressed France on Wednesday to end what it described as recurrent police violence against migrants in the northern town of Calais, where hundreds have returned despite the demolition of a sprawling camp once known as “the jungle”.
At least 10,000 people, including thousands of holidaymakers, were evacuated overnight after a new wildfire broke out in southern France, which was already battling massive blazes, authorities said Wednesday.
The Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement said its battle to eliminate members of the foreign-sponsored and Takfiri Jabhat Fatah al-Sham – previously known as the Nusra Front – terror group from the Syria-Lebanon border is 85 percent complete as it continued its campaign to take their last remaining footholds on the frontier.