An arsonist set fire to a mosque in central Sweden on Thursday injuring five people, police said, as the country grapples with a political crisis caused by the rise of the extreme right.
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Turkey and Iraq, both worried by the advance of Islamic State, pledged on Thursday to work towards greater military cooperation in their fight against the ultra radical Sunni militants.
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.