A rebel fighter fires a weapon as a fellow fighter covers his ears during clashes with forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on the frontline of Aleppo's Sheikh Saeed neighbourhood

Islamic State faces battle in Iraq, U.S. reassures Abadi

BAGHDAD/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic State poured more fighters into Ramadi as security forces and Shi'ite paramilitaries prepared to try to retake the Iraqi city, while Washington scrambled on Monday to reas…

  • AFP - Sun, May 24, 2015Church reels after Ireland's huge …

    The once all-powerful Catholic Church in Ireland was trying to come to terms Sunday with the country's overwhelming vote to allow gay marriage and confront the "social revolution" behind it. More »

  • AFP - Sun, May 24, 2015Ireland celebrates after huge 'Yes' …

    Ireland on Sunday celebrated a historic referendum approving gay marriage, as the once all-powerful Catholic Church reflected on the need for a "reality check" to keep in touch with changing times. More »

  • AFP - Sat, May 23, 2015Ireland says big 'Yes' to gay …

    Ireland on Saturday became the first country in the world to approve gay marriage by referendum with an overwhelming 62 percent "Yes" vote, further denting the once all-powerful Irish Catholic Church. More »

  • Reuters - Sat, May 23, 2015Irish voters back gay marriage in "social …

    By Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries DUBLIN (Reuters) - The people of Ireland backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum that marked a dramatic social shift in a traditionally Catholic country that only decriminalised homosexuality two decades ago. After one of the largest turnouts in a referendum there, 62 percent of voters said 'Yes', making Ireland the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote. "We woke up today to a new Ireland. More »

  • Sky News - Fri, May 22, 2015Mansion Murders Suspect 'Did Not …

    Daron Wint allegedly held the family captive until the executive handed over money before killing them and setting fire to the mansion, according to court documents. Investigators believe the killings "required the presence and assistance of more than one person", according to the affidavit. The homicide victims were 46-year-old Savvas Savopoulos, his 47-year-old wife, Amy, their 10-year-old son, Philip, and housekeeper Veralicia Figueroa. More »

  • Reuters - Tue, May 19, 2015Hollande vows to push on with reform …

    By Ingrid Melander and Jessica Chen PARIS (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of teachers went on strike across France on Tuesday to protest against measures aimed at revamping the country's creaking school system, but the government pledged to stick by its reform plan. Billed as countering elitism and ensuring fairer use of teaching resources, the reform has faced criticism from trade unions, the conservative opposition, sections of the left and even Germany, which fears German-language teaching will suffer. France's 840,000 teachers have long been a bastion of support for the Socialists and many voted for President Francois Hollande in the 2012 presidential election. More »

  • AFP - Tue, May 19, 2015Tunisian president's US trip to …

    Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi begins a two-day official visit to the United States Wednesday, seeking more military aid to counter the jihadist threat and the chaos in neighbouring Libya. More »