Unusually warm seas helped drive annual global temperatures to a record level in 2014 and are likely to ensure this year has a similarly hot start, climate experts say.
Last year, there were more than 100 blasphemy cases registered. Since 1991, 62 people accused of blasphemy have been lynched, more than half of those in the last five years.
Wearing a yellow raincoat Pope Francis celebrated mass in an open field in Tacloban on Saturday as a storm lashed more than 150,000 worshipers, an eerie reminder of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
The author of a bestselling memoir that claimed to recount a journey to heaven has declared the story a total fabrication.
Two years after a foot race became a bloodbath, an accused terrorist is on trial for his life, writes Nick O’Malley in Boston.
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US couple who believe in "free range parenting" under investigation for letting their children, aged 6 and 10, walk home alone from a park.
Pope Francis demanded Philippine leaders tackle corruption and end "scandalous social inequalities" after huge crowds gave him a rapturous welcome.
One of China's most senior intelligence officials, Ma Jian, has been placed under investigation for corruption, in the latest high-profile scalp claimed by President Xi Jinping's ever-widening crackdown on graft.
Satellite images add weight to troubling speculation that Boko Haram, the African iteration of the so-called Islamic State, has just concluded its worst atrocity.