• Pope: Priests in Holy Year can absolve 'sin of abortion'

    Pope Francis declared on Tuesday he is allowing all priests in the church's upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve women of the "sin of abortion" if they repent with a "contrite heart," saying he is acutely aware some feel they have no choice but to abort.

  • Destruction of Palmyra temple a 'crime against civilization' says UNESCO

    The United Nation's cultural watchdog on Tuesday condemned the destruction of the famed Temple of Bel in Syria's Palmyra by Islamic State jihadists as an "intolerable crime against civilization".

  • Worst fears confirmed as famed Palmyra temple flattened

    Satellite images show the main temple in Syria's Palmyra has been flattened, confirming the worst fears for the ancient ruins held by the Islamic State group.

  • Soccer: FIFA slams brakes on Singapore FA polls

    FIFA has told Singapore's soccer association to put internal elections on hold over possible political interference.

  • Taiwan "porn star" travel cards sell out amid controversy

    Thousands of prepaid travel cards featuring a popular Japanese porn star sold out in a matter of hours in Taipei on Tuesday, despite a groundswell of objection from women's groups and politicians.

  • Foreign bomb suspect arrested at Thai-Cambodia checkpoint: PM

    Thailand's prime minister said Tuesday a second foreign man has been arrested -- at a checkpoint on the Cambodian border -- for suspected involvement in last month's deadly shrine bombing.

  • Singapore opposition eyes bigger role as election campaign starts

    Campaigning for Singapore's Sept. 11 election began Tuesday, with a resurgent opposition seeking a greater political role as voters chafe at immigration and high living costs.

  • Belgium plans collection of plane, train, ferry users' data

    Belgium on Monday unveiled plans for a controversial system to collect data on all airline passengers, as well as international train and ferry travellers, in the wake of a foiled attack on a train running between Belgium and Paris.

  • Video of Israeli soldier arresting boy becomes latest in war of perception

    A soldier pins a boy down and is assaulted by his family: The scene might have gone unnoticed if not for footage that has turned it into another weapon in the Israel-Palestinian war of perception.

  • Thousands of Clinton emails released, scores retroactively classified

    The US State Department released over 4,000 more of the emails former secretary of state Hillary Clinton kept on a private server Monday and revealed that some 150 others have been retroactively classified.

  • Monday's migrant influx by rail to Vienna biggest this year: police

    A total of 3,650 migrants reached Vienna by train Monday, this year's biggest daily number, Austrian police said, after Hungarian authorities allowed people stuck in makeshift refugee camps to leave Budapest despite many not having EU visas.

  • Taiwan swipe card with porn star image sells out in 4 hours

    A special edition swipe card for Taiwan's mass transit featuring the clothed image of a Japanese porn star sold out within hours overnight via a telephone hotline, despite a storm of opposition.

  • New Zealand flag designs take leaf from rugby union

    New Zealanders were presented with four options for a new flag on Tuesday, three of them depicting a silver fern leaf similar to that used on the All Blacks rugby jersey.

  • Taipei women's rights activists demand disposal of train cards featuring porn star

    Taipei City's women's rights committee yesterday called for the immediate disposal of the controversial limited-edition card covers "Angles and Demons" featuring Japanese porn star Yui Hatano.

  • Brazil government budget goes into the red

    Brazil's government presented a 2016 budget Monday that for the first time projects the world's seventh largest economy operating in the red, sparking worries that the country's investment grade rating will be put at risk.

  • Greeks fight ballot box fatigue with Internet jokes

    Called to the ballot box for the third time in eight months, some Greeks are responding to election fatigue with a bailout-sized dose of Internet humour.

  • 20,000 march in Austria after migrant truck tragedy

    Around 20,000 people took to the streets of Vienna on Monday to demonstrate against ill-treatment of migrants, police said, after the bodies of 71 refugees were found in an abandoned truck last week.

  • Pope Francis asks bullied Chicago girl to sing for him

    Pope Francis, speaking Monday from Rome via satellite to people in three American cities, asked a teenage girl to sing for him as he sought prayers for his upcoming trip to the United States.

  • Journalists acquitted in Thai navy defamation trial

    Two journalists, including an Australian editor, were found not guilty of criminal defamation by a Thai court on Tuesday, their lawyer said, over a report implicating the kingdom's navy in human trafficking.

  • China bans online platforms from selling drones due to military parade

    Major online shopping platforms have been told to stop selling unmanned aerial vehicles - commonly known as drones - due to the military parade being held in Beijing on Thursday.