Pope Francis called nuns in Spain to wish them a happy New Year and he had to leave them a voice mail.
The opposition Free Syrian Army is turning against foreign fighters in Syria's civil war, arresting some 200 outsiders with ties to al-Qaeda groups.
At least 14 people were killed when a building under construction at India's seaside tourist resort of Goa caved in on Saturday, authorities said.
Bangladesh has smashed a record set by Pakistan last year by forming the world's largest human flag, Guinness World Records has confirmed.
The Iraqi army shelled the city of Falluja for the second consecutive day Saturday in an attempt to enter the city and clear it of al Qaeda-linked militants.
A bomb from World War 2 detonated and killed one person in Germany. CNN's Isha Sesay has more.
South Sudan's army battled rebel forces Thursday, a military spokesman said, as negotiators from the warring sides prepared to meet for talks aimed at ending the violence that has pushed the world's newest country toward civil war.
Illegal weapons have been found inside the northern Prague residence of a Palestinian diplomat who died Wednesday of injuries suffered when he opened a safe in the living room and an explosion occurred, police said Thursday.
A large blast struck a residential neighborhood in southern Beirut on Thursday, Lebanon's National News Agency reported. The explosion caused significant damage, Lebanese broadcaster Al Manar TV said.
More than 200 migrants have been rescued from an overcrowded boat at risk of sinking in rough waters in the Mediterranean Sea, the Italian navy said Thursday.
The death toll of a twin car bombing at a hotel in Mogadishu rose to 11 Thursday, with many of the victims security force members, a police spokesman said. At least 40 other people were injured.
After 10 days stranded far from home, all 52 passengers from a ship stuck in Antarctic ice have now been transferred by helicopter to an Australian icebreaker.
Former world champion racing driver Michael Schumacher, who suffered severe head injuries in a weekend skiing accident in France, remained in stable condition Wednesday, his manager said.
Mysterious crop circles in California have been mowed down to the dismay of hundreds who flocked to get a glimpse.
A double car bomb attack outside of a hotel in Somalia's capital Wednesday night killed at least one person and injured up to a dozen others, police said.
About 200 demonstrators in Egypt clashed with security forces and local residents, leaving two dead in the country's second-largest city Wednesday, the Interior Ministry said.
Former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, who was due in court Thursday for his trial, has been hospitalized after falling ill, his lawyer told CNN.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's organs are failing and he remains in critical condition Thursday, a hospital spokesman said.
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