Security upped at Vatican over attack fears

Security upped at Vatican over attack fears
Security has been tightened in Saint Peter's Square after intelligence services intercepted a possible plan to attack the Vatican, Italian media reported Saturday, increasing fears Pope Francis could be in danger.


Iran has 'role' in fighting IS militants: Kerry

Iran has 'role' in fighting IS militants: Kerry
Washington's arch-foe Iran has a role to play in tackling Islamic State militants who have overrun large swathes of territory in Iraq and Syria, US Secretary of State John Kerry said.


Drunken hunter fights off Australian croc with an eye-poke

Drunken hunter fights off Australian croc with an eye-poke
A tipsy goose hunter said Saturday he lived to tell the tale of being attacked by a two-metre-long crocodile in northern Australia after poking the beast in the eye.


Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, now headed for Taiwan

Storm leaves 200,000 displaced in Philippines, now headed for Taiwan
Storm Fung-Wong churned towards Taiwan on Saturday after killing at least five people in the Philippines, and forcing some 200,000 people into temporary shelter, including in the capital Manila, to escape massive flooding. Most schools on the main island of Luzon remained closed for a second day as a huge mopping-up operation began. Some...


US Secret Service investigates after man jumps White House fence, reaches doors

US Secret Service investigates after man jumps White House fence, reaches doors
A man jumped over the White House fence and made it to the front doors of the executive mansion before being apprehended on Friday, sparking an evacuation within the complex shortly after President Barack Obama departed for the weekend. Omar J. Gonzales, a 42-year-old white male from Texas, made it onto the grounds at 2320 GMT (7.20am today...


49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed: PM

49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed: PM
Dozens of Turkish nationals held hostage by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq for more than three months have been released and brought to Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday.


49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed

49 Turks kidnapped by IS militants freed
Dozens of Turkish nationals held hostage by Islamic State jihadists in northern Iraq for more than three months have been released and brought to Turkey, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said on Saturday.


Indonesian Aceh proposes 100 lashes for gay sex

Indonesian Aceh proposes 100 lashes for gay sex
Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia's staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights.