Coe faces tough issues as IAAF leaders meet in Monaco
Japan announces $10.6 billion in climate financing for 2020TOKYO (AP) ? Gearing up for global warming talks in Paris next week, Japan said Thursday it plans to provide 1.3 trillion yen ($10.6 billion) in climate financing a year for developing countries from 2020, including public and private funds.
Russia holding up Turkish goods at border as relations sour
Vast crowds celebrate pope's first mass in Africa
Pope Francis held his first open-air mass in Africa on Thursday with huge crowds calling heavy rains "God's blessing" as they sung and danced in the Kenyan capital. Thousands of people queued throughout the night braving torrential rains to secure a place at the first mass celebrated by Francis on African soil. The mass at the University of Nairobi -- also shown on giant television screens in neighbouring parks -- was the pope's first major public appearance and a highly-anticipated part of his three-day visit to Kenya.
Witch burning rebels stoke Central African Republic violence
By Tom Esslemont BANGUI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Rebels in Central African Republic have kidnapped, burnt and buried alive "witches" in public ceremonies, exploiting widely held superstitions to control areas in the war-torn country, according to a leaked United Nations report. The report by U.N. human rights officers, seen exclusively by the Thomson Reuters Foundation, contains graphic photographs of victims tied to wooden stakes being lowered towards a fire as well as the charred torsos of those subjected to the ritual. Central African Republic was plunged into sectarian violence when Muslim rebels briefly seized power in the largely Christian country in March 2013, with escalating violence on both sides creating lawlessness nationwide outside the capital Bangui.
Pope in Africa says dialogue vital to avert violence in God's name
By Philip Pullella and George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Thursday in Kenya, a country that has seen a spate of attacks by Islamist militants, that dialogue between religions in Africa was essential to teach young people that violence in God's name was unjustified. Bridging divisions between Muslims and Christians is a main theme of his first tour of the continent that also takes him to Uganda, which like Kenya has seen a number of Islamist attacks, and the Central African Republic, riven by sectarian conflict. Starting his first full day in the Kenyan capital, Francis met Muslim and other religious leaders before saying an open-air Mass for tens of thousands of rain-drenched people who sang, danced and ululated as he arrived in an open popemobile.
AP NewsAlertPARIS (AP) ? European rights court upholds France's headscarf ban in case of hospital employee who lost job.
Protesters block tunnel at London's Heathrow airportActivists opposed to the expansion of London's Heathrow Airport blocked an approach tunnel on Thursday by chaining themselves to a parked vehicle, sowing traffic chaos around Europe's busiest airport. The airport said police were dealing with a protest in a tunnel used by cars and taxis to access its terminals. "We can confirm there is a protest taking place in the inbound tunnel which is currently affecting traffic around the central terminal area," Heathrow said in a statement.
BC-EU--Europe-Migrants-The Latest, EUA Dutch advisory court says that the government can demand of migrants who have had their asylum applications rejected that they cooperate with efforts to repatriate them in return for basic accommodation in the Netherlands.
UK fines Barclays for lax oversight on financial crimeLONDON (AP) ? British authorities have fined Barclays 72 million pounds ($108 million) for failing to safeguard against the risk that the bank would be used to facilitate financial crime.