A suicide bomb and gun attack on a Methodist church in Pakistan has killed at least eight people, officials say.
The leader of India's main opposition Congress party, Sonia Gandhi, has retired from her post, the party confirmed on Thursday.
A Zimbabwean court on Wednesday 13 December 2017 set free Newsday journalist Kenneth Nyangani, who was being prosecuted for allegedly writing and publishing an article on the donation of some used undergarments reportedly sourced by former First Lady Grace Mugabe.
The issue of French complicity in events leading to the 1994 Rwandan genocide has come up again after a U.S. law firm released a report to that effect. The report was commissioned by the Rwandan government.
A leading US dictionary has named "feminism" as its word of 2017 following a surge in online searches.
The man who faces terror charges over Monday's bus terminal bombing in New York posted a warning to President Donald trump just before the attack.
Suspected New York City bus terminal bomber Akayed Ullah has been charged with terror offences, police say.
The EU's foreign policy chief says there is "full EU unity" in support of Jerusalem becoming the capital of both Israel and a future Palestinian state.
Saudi Arabia has announced it will lift a ban on commercial cinemas that has lasted more than three decades.
If convicted, the women could have faced punishment of 40 lashes and a fine for wearing "an obscene outfit".
There have been violent clashes near the US embassy in Lebanon, in the latest protest against President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
Israel says it has targeted sites in Gaza belonging to the militant group Hamas in retaliation for rocket strikes.
Pope Francis has said the Roman Catholic Church should adopt a better translation of the phrase “lead us not into temptation” in the “Our Father”, the best-known prayer in Christianity.
Same-sex marriage has been officially signed into law in Australia, a day after MPs overwhelmingly approved a historic bill.
Russia's Vladimir Putin has said he will seek another term as president, in next year's election.
US President Donald Trump will unilaterally recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital, senior administration officials say.
The US Supreme Court has ruled President Donald Trump's travel ban on six mainly Muslim countries can go into full effect, pending legal challenges.
Chinese authorities have shut down an institute that was teaching women to be obedient and subordinate to men.
Reports from Yemen say ex-President Ali Abdullah Saleh has been killed in fighting with his former allies.
A hospital in the Indian capital Delhi has fired two doctors for mistakenly declaring a newborn dead.
An Australian MP has proposed to his partner during a parliamentary debate on legalising same-sex marriage.
At least 13 people have died after a fishing boat collided with a 336-tonne tanker and capsized off South Korea's west coast.
Husbands who attempt "instant divorce" could be sentenced to three years in prison under draft legislation being considered in India.
A Bosnian Croat war criminal has died after drinking poison during an appeal hearing in The Hague.
A war crimes appeal hearing in The Hague was cut short dramatically when one defendant drank what he said was poison upon hearing the verdict.
North Korea says it has successfully tested a new type of intercontinental ballistic missile that can reach the whole of continental US.
A mayor in western Germany has survived a knife attack amid suspicions of a link to his liberal immigration policy.
Australian police have arrested a man they allege was planning to carry out a terror attack during New Year's Eve celebrations in Melbourne.
Libyan authorities have launched a formal investigation into slave auctions in the country following an exclusive CNN report earlier this week, the government said Friday.
US magazine publisher Time Inc. will be bought by rival media company Meredith Corporation for $2.8bn (£2.1bn).
At least four United Nations peacekeepers and a Malian soldier have been killed in two separate attacks in northern Mali, according to officials.
An Israeli government minister has resigned in a dispute about railway maintenance on the Sabbath.
Hopes that the 44 crew of a missing Argentine submarine might still be alive have been dashed after the navy said an event consistent with an explosion had been detected.
A terminally ill woman in Australia has been granted her final wish to go to the beach by paramedics in Queensland.
Members of an El Salvadorian street gang stabbed a man 100 times, beheaded him and cut out his heart in a park near Washington DC, police say.
President of the African Union (A.U.) Alpha Conde has reacted to the resignation of Robert Mugabe, a week after the army took over political authority.
A former soldier says life as a woman in the world's fourth-largest army was so tough that most soon stopped menstruating. And rape, she says, was a fact of life for many of those she served with.
Bill Clinton is facing explosive new charges of sexual assault from four women, according to highly placed Democratic Party sources and an official who served in both the Clinton and Obama administrations.
Talks on forming a coalition government in Germany have collapsed after the free-market liberal FDP pulled out.
A North Korean soldier who was shot while fleeing across the border has an extremely high level of parasites in his intestines, his doctors say.
US Senator Al Franken has responded to a woman's allegations that he groped her as she slept and "forcibly" kissed her in a rehearsal for a comedy skit.
A rail company in Japan has apologised after one of its trains departed 20 seconds early.
Flash floods caused by heavy overnight rain have killed at least 15 people and caused destruction in central Greece.
Australians have overwhelmingly voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage in a historic poll.
A 17-year-old girl in Nigeria has been murdered for body parts to be used in suspected rituals believed to bring wealth, police have told the BBC.
A huge rescue effort is underway after a powerful earthquake struck Iran's mountainous border with Iraq, killing more than 400 people and injuring more than 7,000.
The ICC and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture have concluded an agreement by exchange of letters for the monitoring of conditions of detention of persons sentenced by the Court.
A North Korean soldier has defected to South Korea at the heavily protected Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), South Korea's military says.
The airline battle for big spenders has intensified, with Emirates launching what it claims to be “game-changing” First Class” – with design inspired by a car maker.
A strong 7.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled the northern border region between Iran and Iraq, killing scores
Iraqi forces have launched an offensive to recapture Rawa, the last town controlled by so-called Islamic State.
A driver has ploughed into a group of pedestrians near the French city of Toulouse, injuring three Chinese exchange students.