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Indonesian policeman killed by sword-wielding militant

Indonesian policeman killed by sword-wielding militant

A sword-wielding militant killed an Indonesian policeman and critically injured another on Monday in what authorities described as a suspected Islamic State-linked attack.

Rare Ethiopian crown, hidden for 21 years in the Netherlands, returns home

Rare Ethiopian crown, hidden for 21 years in the Netherlands, returns home

Ethiopia's government on Thursday assumed custody of a priceless 18th-century crown that a former refugee had kept hidden in his apartment in the Netherlands for two decades.

Nearly one billion euros raised, pledged for Notre-Dame rebuild

Nearly one billion euros raised, pledged for Notre-Dame rebuild

Six months after a blaze caused devastating damage to Paris' Notre-Dame cathedral, nearly one billion euros have been paid or pledged to rebuild the edifice, France's culture minister said Tuesday.

Indonesian leader orders probe after second student dies in legal-reform protests

Indonesian leader orders probe after second student dies in legal-reform protests

Indonesian leader Joko Widodo ordered a probe Friday after a second student protester died from injuries sustained during a wave of nationwide demonstrations against divisive legal reforms ...

US reels from deadly synagogue attack

US reels from deadly synagogue attack

A teenage gunman who wrote a hate-filled manifesto opened fire at a synagogue in California on Saturday, killing one person and injuring three others including the rabbi ...

No independence for Catalonia, says Spanish PM

No independence for Catalonia, says Spanish PM

There will be no independence for Catalonia, nor a referendum on the question if the socialists are returned to power, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told supporters Sunday.

Tough New Zealand gun laws easily pass first hurdle

Tough New Zealand gun laws easily pass first hurdle

New legislation to tighten New Zealand gun laws in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings drew overwhelming support when it was introduced to parliament on Tuesday.

Disgraced Indian guru gets life for killing journalist

Disgraced Indian guru gets life for killing journalist

A disgraced religious sect leader was sentenced to life imprisonment Thursday for murdering a journalist who exposed rampant sexual abuses by the powerful guru.

Pakistan overturns Christian woman's blasphemy death sentence

Pakistan overturns Christian woman's blasphemy death sentence

Pakistan's Supreme Court Wednesday overturned the conviction of Asia Bibi, a Christian mother facing execution for blasphemy, in a landmark case which has incited deadly violence and reached as far as the Vatican.

Thai child bride returns from Malaysia after outcry

Thai child bride returns from Malaysia after outcry

An 11-year-old child bride returned to Thailand this week after widespread outcry over her marriage to a Malaysian man 30 years her senior, an official told AFP on Saturday.

Ritual sacrifice draws crowds to Indonesia volcano

Ritual sacrifice draws crowds to Indonesia volcano

Thousands of locals and tourists climbed Mount Bromo early Sunday for a lavish religious ceremony that involves throwing ritual offerings into the smouldering crater of an active volcano in Indonesia's tribal hinterlands.

Indian woman chess star boycotts Iran event over headscarf law

Indian woman chess star boycotts Iran event over headscarf law

One of India's top women chess players has pulled out of an upcoming championship in Iran in protest at having to wear a headscarf.