Pope Francis to allow all priests to forgive abortion

Pope Francis will give all priests discretion during the Roman Catholic Church's upcoming Holy Year to formally forgive women who have had abortions, in the Argentine pontiff's latest move towards a more open and inclusive church.Full article

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Teen dies of rare brain-eating amoeba infection

As of 09/02/2015 1:59 AM
A teenager who contracted a rare brain-eating disease after swimming in a lake about 70 miles (110 km) north of Houston in the US has died, according to his family and local media.   Full article

Boxing orangutans a throwback as Thailand warms to animal rights

As of 09/01/2015 1:35 PM
BANGKOK, Thailand - Boxing gloves raised, two orangutans enter a ring at a Thai zoo, a spectacle that fascinates locals and foreigners alike but sits increasingly at odds in a nation slowly embracing animal welfare. Full article

US warns China over Bashir trip

As of 09/01/2015 9:33 AM
WASHINGTON - The United States expressed concern Monday that Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir plans to visit China, despite his International Criminal Court indictment for alleged war crimes in Darfur. Full article

Thai police hunt two bombing suspects after weekend raids

As of 09/01/2015 9:31 AM
BANGKOK - Police probing Thailand's deadliest bombing issued arrest warrants on Monday for two suspects after a second weekend raid on a suburban apartment block uncovered possible bomb-making materials. Full article

Blast reported at chemical plant in northern China

As of 09/01/2015 9:30 AM
BEIJING - An explosion shook a chemical plant in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong, state media said on Tuesday, though there were no immediate reports of casualties in a country on edge after blasts killed more than 145 people last month. Full article

Explosions at factory in southern Japan

As of 09/01/2015 8:59 AM
TOKYO, Japan - Explosions and fire hit an aluminum plating factory in southern Japan early Tuesday, although there was no immediate report of injuries, a fire official said.   Full article

Prison fire kills 17 in Venezuela

As of 09/01/2015 8:57 AM
CARACAS, Venezuela - A fire at a prison in northern Venezuela has killed 17 people and injured another 11, prosecutors said Monday. Full article

West African archipelago hit in rare hurricane strike

As of 09/01/2015 7:48 AM
The West African archipelago of Cape Verde was pounded by powerful winds and heavy rain on Monday in a rare hurricane strike, local officials said. Full article

10 killed in Saudi Aramco fire

As of 09/01/2015 7:40 AM
Saudi authorities said Monday that three Canadians, one Pakistani and a Nigerian woman were among 10 people killed in a fire at a residential complex rented by oil giant Saudi Aramco at the weekend.   Full article

Journalists face jail over trafficking report

As of 09/01/2015 7:36 AM
Two journalists, including an Australian editor, face jail Tuesday as a Thai court is to decide whether they are guilty of defamation over a report implicating the kingdom's navy in human trafficking. Full article