World Council of Churches "dismayed" at Hagia…

The head of the World Council of Churches has written to Turkey's president about the “grief and dismay” among members over the decision to convert the Hagia Sophia landmark in Istanbul into a mosque

Fay weakens over eastern New York

Fay weakened to a post-tropical low pressure system Saturday as it hit eastern New York, the U.S National Hurricane Center said. Fred Katayama reports.

France Goes Old-School on Notre Dame Design

Since a fire destroyed much of the roof of Paris' Notre Dame cathedral last April, architects have proposed new designs including a rooftop pool and a giant park. But if you're one for tradition, you'll be happy to know those options have been ruled out. French President Emmanuel Macron announced...

Turkey Plans To Reopen The Hagia Sophia As A…

The Hagia Sophia has been a museum since 1935, but before that it was a mosque for nearly 500 years.

Beckham son Brooklyn is engaged to actress Nicola…

Brooklyn Beckham, son of retired soccer superstar David Beckham and fashion designer Victoria Beckham, and American actress Nicola Peltz have announced that they’re engaged

Trump's plan for 'dreamers' will not include…

U.S. President Donald Trump's planned executive order on immigration will not include amnesty for migrants who are in the United States illegally but arrived in the country as children, a White House spokesman said on Friday. Jillian Kitchener has more.

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Cops Might've Missed the Illicit Party—if Not f…

Australian police say they broke up a birthday party that attendants will remember "for a long time" since it resulted in some $18,000 in fines. Victoria Police found 16 partygoers hiding out at a home in the Melbourne suburb of Dandenong early Friday in defiance of coronavirus restrictions. Police...

Brazil To Temporarily Ban Fires In The Amazon…

The announcement comes after 29 firms sent a letter threatening to pull investments if Brazil doesn't do something to protect the rainforest.

Tanzania's ruling party nominates president to…

Tanzania’s ruling party has nominated President John Magufuli to run for a second five-year term, while opposition parties and human rights groups demand an independent electoral body to oversee the October vote

Singapore's ruling party stung by election results

Singapore's ruling party, stung by its worst ever election results, on Saturday signaled a possible delay to its meticulous succession plans, and analysts foresaw other policy changes that could affect the international business hub. Olivia Chan reports.

Another World Leader Has the Virus

Bolivia’s interim president, Jeanine Áñez, has tested positive for COVID-19. "I feel good, I feel strong, I will continue to work virtually from my isolation," she says in a video posted to her Twitter account, per NPR . Three cabinet ministers in her administration have also tested positive, including one who...

Seoul's Mayor Found Dead After Reported Missing

Park Won-soon's daughter reported her father missing after she said she received a voice message from him that sounded like a will.

Mali protests in 2nd day despite president's call…

Police have fired tear gas in Mali’s capital as scattered groups came out for a second straight day of anti-government protests, defying the president’s latest call for dialogue

Hong Kong opposition kicks off primary elections

Hong Kong's opposition camp set up polling booths across the Chinese-ruled city on Saturday for primary elections aimed at selecting democracy candidates who stand the best chance of success in Legislative Council elections in September. Adam Reed reports.

'Extremely Exciting' Photos Emerge of Rare Great…

You're not likely to see a Cross River gorilla in person, but you can see a whole troop in a series of rare photos. Cross River gorillas are the most endangered subspecies of ape, with only 300 known to live in the wild, reports the BBC . The gorillas—which have...

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FBI Director Calls China The 'Greatest Threat' To…

Christopher Wray accused Chinese officials of targeting U.S. citizens who criticize China's political and human rights issues.

Serbia police detain 71 after 4th night of virus…

Serbian police say they have detained 71 people after clashes erupted during the fourth night of anti-government protests that were initially sparked by an announced lockdown against the new coronavirus

Swimmers dive back into England's outdoor pools

[NFA] Swimmers in England donned their goggles and bathing suits on Saturday as outdoor pools reopened, in the latest easing of the country's coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Adam Reed reports.

Reporters Suing Brazil Leader Over His COVID…

A group of journalists in Brazil plans to sue President Jair Bolsonaro after he removed his mask during a Tuesday press conference in which he announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 . Several masked reporters held microphones close to Bolsonaro's chest as he spoke from behind a mask. Bolsonaro then...

Japan Storms Kill 50 People, Soldiers Pull…

Nearly three million people are evacuated and troops are mobilized for flood rescues after five days of torrential rains in Japan.

Dozens of US Marines in Japan's Okinawa get…

Officials on the southern Japanese island of Okinawa say dozens of U.S. Marines have been infected with the coronavirus at two bases on the island in what is feared to be a massive outbreak

Russian Navy's first all-female crew on patrol

In a first for the Russian Navy, an all-female navy crew carried out patrols on the Black Sea on Friday in preparation for Russia's Navy Day celebrations later this month. Olivia Chan reports.

Seoul's Mayor Found Dead After Message to Daughter

The mayor of the South Korean capital of Seoul has been found dead following a massive police search, reports CNN . Park Won-soon, who had been seen as a possible presidential candidate, was reported missing Thursday after being named in a sexual harassment complaint. The 64-year-old's phone had been turned off,...

Poland faces momentous choice in tight…

Poland votes Sunday in a tight runoff election that pits populist incumbent President Andrzej Duda against a liberal pro-European Union challenger, Warsaw Mayor Rafal Trzaskowski

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Protesters rally against Serbian President

Protests marred by violence, continued on Friday in Belgrade, where thousands rallied against Serbia's President Aleksandar Vucic and government policies, including its handling of the coronavirus crisis. Olivia Chan reports.

Melania Trump Statue Was Torched on July 4

A chainsaw-carved statue of Melania Trump in her hometown in Slovenia went up in flames on Independence Day. American artist Brad Downey, who commissioned local folk artist Alex Zupevc to carve the statue from a tree trunk, says he had the blackened remains removed after the fire and has filed...

5 dead in hostage situation at troubled South…

Police in South Africa say five people are dead and more than 40 have been arrested after an early-morning hostage situation at a long-troubled church near Johannesburg