• Vatican cardinal faces Australian court on sex charges
    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.
  • Standoff at Aqsa after metal detectors removed
    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.
  • Qatar says new terror list is 'disappointing surprise'
    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.
  • Wildfires prompt major evacuations near French Riviera
    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.
  • Army: Taliban kill 30 Afghan soldiers
    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.
  • Human Rights Watch: French police use excessive force on Calais migrants
    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”.
  • Hezbollah: Syria border purge of terror group 85% complete
    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.
  • Yemen cholera epidemic slowing after infecting 400,000
    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.
  • Nearly 50 dead as heavy monsoon rains lash western India
    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.
  • Israel removes metal detectors from sensitive holy site
    Israel removed metal detectors from a highly sensitive Beit-ul-Moqaddas (Jerusalem) holy site in the pre-dawn hours of Tuesday and said they would no longer be used after the new security measures set off deadly violence.
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