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  • 22 December 2014

    Pope Francis has issued a blistering critique of the Vatican bureaucracy that serves him, denouncing how some people lust for power at all costs, live hypocritical double lives and suffer from "spiritual Alzheimer's" that has made them forget they are supposed to be joyful men of God.

  • 22 December 2014

    French officials have called for vigilance but warned against jumping to conclusions after two weekend attacks - one in which a driver ran down 13 bystanders, and another in which a recent convert to Islam knifed police officers.

  • 22 December 2014

    Big-city police departments and union leaders around the US are warning the rank and file to wear bulletproof vests and avoid making inflammatory posts on social media days after a man ambushed two officers and shot them dead inside their patrol car.

  • 22 December 2014

    LAHORE - Pakistani Christians attend a prayer service for the victims killed in Tuesday's Taliban attack on a military-run school in Peshawar yesterday at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Lahore, Pakistan.

  • 22 December 2014

    HAVANA - Three men who served long US prison terms for spying have received a standing ovation in Cuba's parliament, as President Raul Castro declared that detente with Washington will not change the communist system he leads.

  • 22 December 2014
  • 22 December 2014

    NEW DELHI - The head of India's most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister's economic reform agenda.

  • 22 December 2014

    KABUL - Afghanistan's Taliban on Sunday accused the United Nations of "enmity and political motives" in reporting that three-quarters of a record-high number of civilians killed and wounded this year were victims of the insurgents.