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.
Vatican cardinal faces Australian court on sex charges
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.
Standoff at Aqsa after metal detectors removed
At least 48 people have been killed as large swathes of western India have been lashed by heavy monsoon rains and flooding over the last week, officials said Wednesday.
Nearly 50 dead as heavy monsoon rains lash western India
Taliban terrorists killed 30 soldiers in an attack on an army base in the southern province of Kandahar, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, as heavy fighting raged across the country.
Army: Taliban kill 30 Afghan soldiers
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”.
Human Rights Watch: French police use excessive force on Calais migrants
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.
Wildfires prompt major evacuations near French Riviera
Qatar has described a new blacklist released by Saudi Arabia and its allies as a "disappointing surprise", saying it was doing all it could to fight extremism.
Qatar says new terror list is 'disappointing surprise'
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.
Hezbollah: Syria border purge of terror group 85% complete
Yemen's cholera outbreak hit 400,000 cases on Tuesday but there were signs the three-month-old epidemic was slowing, according to World Health Organization data analyzed by Reuters.
Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000
Russia warned that a possible US decision to funnel lethal weapons to Ukraine would set back peace efforts and fuel Ukraine’s persistent civil war.
Russia: If US sends arms to Ukraine it would hinder peace talks

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