The head of Syria’s main opposition group resigned on Sunday, weakening the moderate wing of the two-year revolt against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule and complicating Western efforts to back the rebels.
Pope Francis inaugurated his papacy with a mass in front of hundreds of thousands of people and foreign leaders in St. Peter’s Square on Tuesday with a simplified rite that fuelled hopes for change in the scandal-plagued Roman Catholic Church.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard stared down a leadership crisis on Thursday and ensured she will lead the government until September 14 elections after her chief rival, Kevin Rudd, said he did not have enough support to replace her.
North Korea said it would attack US military bases on Japan and the Pacific island of Guam if provoked, a day after leader Kim Jong-un oversaw a mock drone strike on South Korea.The North also held an air raid drill on Thursday after accusing the United States of preparing a military strike using bombers that have overflown the Korean peninsula as part of drills between South Korean and US forces.
Italy’s centre-left alliance scraped a narrow victory in a vote to appoint the new speakers of Parliament on Saturday but the fragile margin of success underlined how hard it will be to form a stable government after last month’s deadlocked election.
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The new pope, 76-year-old Jorge Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires, is the first pontiff from Latin America and the first Jesuit, but he appears to hold views very much in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.
Fugitive Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda walked into the US Embassy in Rwanda on Monday and asked to be transferred to the International Criminal Court (ICC), where he faces war crimes charges racked up during years of rebellion.
Two militants wielding automatic rifles opened fire on a paramilitary camp on the Indian side of the disputed region of Kashmir on Wednesday, killing five Indian personnel and wounding five, police said.