Australia

Australia's Catholic church warns employees on gay marriage

One of Australia's top Catholics has warned the church's thousands of employees it will only tolerate traditional views on marriage, as the country prepares for a vote on whether gay couples can wed.

Gay marriage postal vote sparks fury, debate in Australia

Australia's bitter political battle over legalising gay marriage came to a head Wednesday, with the government pushing ahead with a postal vote after parliament rejected a referendum -- both options bitterly opposed by activists.

Islam

Saudi says Qatar blocks planes from transporting pilgrims

Saudi Arabia on Sunday said Qatar had refused to allow its planes to land in Doha to transport Qatari Muslims to Mecca for the annual hajj pilgrimage.

Afghanistan

Afghan officials claim that Taliban and IS fighters killed dozens in a rare joint operation between the two insurgent groups

Afghanistan massacre may account to war crime: UN

A United Nations investigation published Sunday confirmed that Taliban and self-proclaimed Islamic State insurgents jointly massacred dozens of people in Afghanistan earlier this month in an attack that «may amount to a war crime».

High security as Afghanistan marks independence day

Afghan security forces were on high alert Saturday as the war-weary country, reeling from a number of high-profile deadly attacks, prepared to mark its independence day with muted celebrations.

Brazil

Lula seeks political rebirth where he began: among the people

The very thought that Lula might go to prison causes Maria Helena da Conceicao to break into tears. To her, the former Brazilian president is much more than just a politician facing corruption charges and fighting to regain power.

Spain attacks

Spanish investigators uncovered ingredients of the explosive TATP at a house in the town of Alcanar, around 200 kilometres (120 miles) south of Barcelona, believed to be the terror cell's bomb-making factory

«Mother of Satan» TATP found in Spain bomb factory

Traces of the easy-to-make but deadly explosive TATP -- known as the «mother of Satan» -- have been found in a house where the alleged attackers in the twin assaults in Spain were believed to be building bombs, police said Sunday.

Spain attacks: What we know (20/08/2017)

At least 14 people were killed and more than 100 injured in twin attacks in which vehicles were used to mow down pedestrians on Barcelona's most popular street and in a busy seaside resort town.

Turkey-German relations

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses supporters during a rally of his Justice and Development Party (AKP) in Denizli, on August 19, 2017

Erdogan urges «slap» for German ruling parties in polls

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday called on Turkish-origin Germans to give a «slap» to both parties in Chancellor Angela Merkel's ruling coalition in September polls, pressing on with what Berlin has condemned as unprecedented meddling.

Erdogan wades into German election, Berlin hits back

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan Friday urged ethnic Turks in Germany to reject its main parties in upcoming elections, prompting a sharp warning from Berlin to stop the «unprecedented» meddling.

State TV

Injuries as rocket hits near Damascus business fair

Rocket fire injured several people Sunday near the entrance to the Damascus International Fair, a key business gathering being held for the first time in five years, Syrian television said.

Lebanon army launches offensive against IS on Syria border

Lebanese troops launched an offensive against the Islamic State group on Saturday close to the Syrian border where the jihadists have been active for several years.

Terrorism

Russia steps up probe into attack claimed by IS

Russia said Sunday that a stabbing which injured seven people and was claimed by the Islamic State group is being probed by top investigators in Moscow, as new details emerged.

Three suspects in Russia metro bombing charged with terror

Three suspects in last month's bombing in the Saint Petersburg metro have been charged for their involvement in a «terrorist act», Russian investigators said Thursday.

Terrorism

Italy boosts protection of art treasures after Spain attacks

Italy on Sunday boosted terror prevention measures surrounding the country's architectural and artistic treasures and major pedestrian areas in response to the attacks in Spain, Finland and Russia.

Justice

Spain releases German-Turkish writer sought by Ankara

A Spanish court Sunday granted conditional release from custody to German-Turkish writer Dogan Akhanli a day after police arrested him at Ankara's request, his lawyer said.

Zimbabwe

Grace Mugabe, accused of assault in South Africa, «returns to Zimbabwe»

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe, accused of assault in South Africa where she is seeking diplomatic immunity, returned home from a visit there on Sunday, public broadcaster ZBC reported.

Zimbabwe first lady flies home, leaving S. Africa assault case

Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe flew home from South Africa on Sunday, state media said, ending a week of confusion over her whereabouts after she allegedly assaulted a model.

Hong Kong

Crowds rally in Hong Kong after activists jailed

Thousands of supporters of three jailed young democracy activists took to the streets in Hong Kong Sunday to protest their sentences.

Beijing defends jailing of Hong Kong activists

China on Friday rejected international criticism of the jailing of three prominent Hong Kong activists, warning against using «so-called democracy» to conduct «illegal violent activities».

Top Stories

A McDonald's in New Delhi pictured in June: the company is to shut 169 outlets in India

McDonald's to shut 169 outlets in India

McDonald's said Monday it is shutting 169 restaurants in India after a legal row with a local franchise operator.

Big Ben's scheduled four-year silence has stirred a worried debate at a time of national uncertainty

Last bongs for Big Ben as four-year repairs begin

London landmark Big Ben fell silent for four years starting Monday, as a political outcry mounted over renovations that will rob Britain of a cherished symbol at a time of national uncertainty.

The Beatles released «Eleanor Rigby» in 1966

Beatles' «Eleanor Rigby» score expected to fetch $26,000 at auction

The original handwritten score for the Beatles song «Eleanor Rigby» is to be sold at auction, alongside the deeds of the grave of the woman said to have been immortalised by the Fab Four.

US car industry publication Automotive News has previously reported China's Great Wall intends to buy Fiat Chrysler's Jeep brand

China's Great Wall Motor plans Fiat Chrysler purchase

China's Great Wall Motor signalled on Monday its intention to make an ambitious offer to buy all or part of Italian-American car maker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles.