Ireland High Court issues historic abortion ruling

A Belfast High Court ruling is expected to ease Northern Ireland’s strict anti-abortion laws to make it easier for women to terminate pregnancies in some cases. (News.com.au) Abortion legislation in Northern Ireland is in breach [...]

Quotes from first day of Paris climate conference

PARIS –  A sample of quotes from the first day of U.N.-organized climate talks outside Paris being attended by 151 heads of state and government, more than two weeks after attacks in the French capital that killed 130 people. ___ “What [...]

Jordan census to shed light on population that includes many refugees, foreign workers

AMMAN, Jordan –  Jordan has launched a national census to provide greater clarity about a population that includes large numbers of Syrian refugees and foreign workers. Some 21,000 field researchers began visiting homes Monday, for the [...]

Puppy rescued after boiling water attack

Puppy recovers after owner scalded him with boiling water and threw him from a fourth-floor window. (Sky News) A puppy has been nursed back to health after suffering terrible injuries when his owner scalded him with boiling water [...]

US Embassy says it has credible reports of ‘imminent’ attack in Afghan capital

KABUL, Afghanistan –  The U.S. Embassy says it has received “credible reports of an imminent attack” in the Afghan capital. A statement on the embassy’s website Monday urges U.S. citizens to exercise “extreme caution” [...]

Best Cyber Monday airline deals

Most airlines have kept their deals secret, but most of the carriers have their Cyber Monday deals online. (AP) It’s Cyber Monday and 42 percent of Americans will be hitting their computers today in a continued effort to find [...]

Hilton confirms credit card breach at property stores and restaurants

Hilton Hotels has acknowledged a credit card security breach. (AP) Hilton Hotels has confirmed that a wave of credit card security breaches at hotel restaurants, gift shops and other stores occurred late last year and earlier this [...]

Climate talks ‘could be turning point’

Media captionUS president’s climate warning “Submerged countries, abandoned cities and fields that no longer grow” US President Barack Obama has said the UN climate conference in Paris could be a “turning point” [...]

Tarantulas ‘turned blue eight times’

Image copyright Michael Kern/thegardensofeden.org Image caption If it’s not for sex, why have so many tarantulas evolved this cobalt blue colour? [...]

Pope Francis visits Central African Republic mosque amid heavy security

BANGUI, Central African Republic –  Pope Francis ventured into the volatile Muslim enclave of Central African Republic’s capital on Monday and brought his message of reconciliation to the city’s main mosque, insisting [...]