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Church of England's first female bishop is a Manchester United supporter

The Church of England on Wednesday named vicar Libby Lane as its first female bishop. The church gave its final approval to the appointment of female bishops last month, bringing to an end a tortuous process that set liberal and conservative believers at odds.

Sony hacking: US suspects North Korea's role, considers options

The US believes North Korea is behind the hacking at Sony and the threat of 9/11-type attacks that forced the company to cancel the release of a movie lampooning Kim Jong-un. The case is being investigated by the FBI.

Prosecution surprised over Lakhvi's bail; reports say Pak govt will challenge ruling

A court in Pakistan gave bail to LeT operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi despite evidence against him in the case which was nearing its end, prosecution said on Thursday, disclosing that they will challenge the decision.

Rage, tears and broken childhoods as Pak reels from Taliban massacre

The dark day of December 16, when Taliban slaughtered more than 130 pupils, methodically gunning down children, ended the childhood innocence of the traumatised survivors.

26/11 accused Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi granted bail in Pakistan

LeT operations commander Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, one of the seven Pakistani nationals accused of planning and abetting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, was granted bail by Pakistan court.

Boko Haram militants kill 32 people in Nigeria

Boko Haram militants killed 32 people and kidnapped scores of others in an attack on the village of Gumsuri in the restive northeast, two local officials and a witness said on Thursday.

Tony Abbott says Sydney café siege 'horrific wake-up call'

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Thursday admitted Sydney's cafe siege was 'a horrific wake-up call' as details emerged of the final minutes of the standoff which left the gunman and two hostages dead.

Heavy snow kills 3, disrupts travel in Japan

At least three people have died in heavy snow that has blanketed swathes of Japan, reports said on Thursday, with up to two metres (6ft 7ins) lying in some places and more forecast.

Lens-free microscope to detect cancer

Providing a ray of hope for cancer patients, researchers have developed a lens-free microscope that can be used to detect the presence of cancer.

Over 230 bodies found in Syria mass grave: Report

More than 230 bodies of people believed to have been killed by Islamic State militants have been found in a mass grave in Syria's eastern Deir al-Zor province, a group monitoring the country's war said on Wednesday.

US, Cuba seek to ‘normalise' ties, swap prisoners

The United States on Wednesday announced the start of normalisation of relations with Cuba, including re-establishing diplomatic ties ending the last of the remaining Cold War hostilities.

Pak Taliban release photo of fighters behind Peshawar massacre

In an email on Wednesday, Pakistani Taliban spokesperson Mohammad Khurasani claimed the attack on a school in Peshawar that killed 148 people, mostly children, was justified because the Pakistani army has allegedly long been killing innocent children and families of their fighters.

Raj Shah, Indian American head of USAID, quits

The White House on Wednesday announced Raj shah, the Indian American head of the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is leaving the administration.

Gifts galore: Pope gets cake, tango and chicken for 78th birthday

Thousands of people sang 'Happy Birthday' and danced a mass tango on Wednesday to celebrate the birthday of the first Latin American pope. Argentine priests handed Pope Francis a cake and he blew out the candles before his open-top jeep moved on.

Peshawar attack: When a faulty alarm saved a life

A faulty alarm clock has saved the life of a 15-year-old boy who failed to wake up in time for school, becoming the only student in Class 9 of the army-run school who survived the Taliban massacre that killed 148 people, mostly children.
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