Two Saudi women detained for nearly a month in defiance of a ban on females driving were referred on Thursday to a court established to try terrorism cases, several people close to the defendants said.
Sierra Leone's government has declared a five-day lockdown in the country's north to step up efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic, while making an exception for Christmas.
Armed men belonging to the Islamist group al Shabaab have launched an assault on the headquarters of the African Union (AU) peacekeeping force in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu, attacking the base with explosives and gunfire, officials say.
The French town of Angoulême stirred up controversy on Christmas Eve by putting cages around public benches to keep homeless people at bay.
After an annual Christmas Eve Mass at Saint Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis addressed some 5,000 worshippers to call for a new "tenderness" in our approach to the problems of others as millions began marking Christmas in a year of violence and unrest.
North Korea says it likely will have no “physical reaction,” just condemnation, to the release of the comedy film “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of leader Kim Jong Un.
Several thousand Christian pilgrims flocked to the biblical town of Bethlehem for Christmas Eve celebrations at the traditional birthplace of Jesus, lifting spirits after a year of conflict and failed peace efforts.
German journalist Jurgen Todenhofer, who recently spent 10 days with Islamic State (IS) militants in Iraq and Syria, tells FRANCE 24 they buy Western weapons from Syrian rebels and envision a future that includes a massive "religious cleansing".
The lights that adorn the Champs-Elysées in Paris are perhaps the best known in France. But one tiny village in the country's south says its Christmas lights are more than a match.
Closer, the French gossip magazine that revealed President François Hollande’s affair with an actress, has been fined €20,000 for publishing photos of the National Front’s deputy leader with a man identified as his boyfriend.
"The Interview'' will be available for rental on a variety of digital platforms including Google Play, YouTube Movies, Microsoft's Xbox Video and a separate Sony website beginning Wednesday.
UKRAINE - BELARUS
Peace talks aimed at reaching a stable ceasefire in Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian armed groups wrapped up in Minsk on Wednesday without agreement on when the warring sides should meet again.