goads West in rare audio statement Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, delivers a sermon at a mosque in Iraq

goads West in rare audio statement

In what is believed to be his first public message in seven months, Isil chief warns Israel attacks are imminent

Great Ocean Road bushfire in Australia

An out-of-control bushfire at Wye River which flared in a scenic area along Victoria's Great Ocean Road
VideoHundreds of firefighters have been battling the Christmas Day blaze along the famous Great Ocean Road in Victoria’s south-west, popular with holidaymakers

Japan considering ‘comfort women’ fund after decades-long dispute with South Korea

Japan and South Korea look set to settle a bitter dispute over Japanese wartime sex slaves, which has strained relations between the two countries for more than half a century.

Afghanistan hit by 6.2 earthquake felt in Kabul

Northern Afghanistan has been shaken by a 6.2 earthquake, which was felt as far away as Kabul

Palestinian Christmas tree: solidarity and resistance

Christmas is widely celebrated by Christian and Muslim Palestinians as an interfaith holiday and, for some, as a means to express resistance to Israel

Narendra Modi meets Pakistani prime minister in first visit by Indian PM in over decade

The two leaders met after the resumption of high-level contacts following their brief conversation at the climate change talks in Paris last month

Thailand backpacker murders: Convicted men insist they will be freed after appeal

Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo were found guilty of killing two Britons but after their conviction, the pair insist an appeal will prove their claimed innocence

Pope Francis delivers Christmas message

VideoThe Pope delivered the plea in his Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” message to thousands in St. Peter’s Square

Turkey president stops man jumping off bridge

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (R) shakes hands with a man who was about to allegedly attempt suicide off the Bosporus bridge in Istanbul.
VideoOften praised for his oratory skills, the former prime minister of the republic offers support to a man who was depressed, according to Turkish media

Taliban asked Bowe Bergdahl whether Obama was gay

Bowe Bergdahl has told of his two attempts to escape the Taliban, and their strange questioning, in the third episode of Serial

‘Fire tornadoes’ form in California amid huge wildfires

Columns of flames have been seen in California, as Alabama braces for flooding and more storms

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