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Pope Francis rejects rightwingers with US cardinals' appointment

Pope appoints progressive cardinalsPope Francis has put his progressive stamp on the American Catholic church with the selection of three new like-minded cardinals – including one who has sparred with the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Mike Pence – in a clear rejection of bishops who have advocated for the church’s exclusion of divorced and LGBT Catholics.

The American choices were among 17 new cardinals named by Francis. He has chosen more from the developing world and only one from Italy, reflecting his desire to decentralise power away from the Vatican in Rome.


German Police Say Syrian Planning Attack Was Nabbed By Fellow Refugees

German terrorist capturedAfter a nationwide manhunt, authorities in Germany have arrested a Syrian refugee who was allegedly planning a bomb attack.

The man, identified as Jaber al-Bakr, is likely linked to ISIS, authorities say.

He was caught after fellow Syrian refugees recognized him, held him at an apartment in Leipzig and notified police, NPR's Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports.


Hurricane Matthew: Haiti battles cholera outbreak

Haiti hurricaneHurricane-ravaged Haiti is struggling to cope with a rise in cholera cases with officials warning that contaminated water and a lack of hygiene are posing a risk to thousands of people in the impoverished country.

Hurricane Matthew, the fiercest Caribbean storm in nearly a decade, ploughed through Haiti on Tuesday, killing at least 877 people and levelling huge swaths of the country's south.


Terrorist opens fire in Jerusalem, killing two

Jerusalem shootingTwo people were killed and five more were injured in a shooting attack near Ammunition Hill in Jerusalem Sunday morning, police and emergency medical officials said.

Police described the incident, which saw an East Jerusalem gunman open fire at pedestrians and police over a several hundred meter swath of the capital, as a terror attack.

One woman, approximately 60 years old, was shot in the upper body and critically wounded in the attack, according to the Magen David Adom ambulance service.


'Dozens dead' in explosions at funeral in Yemen's Sanaa

Saana funeral deathsDozens of people have been killed or wounded in at least two explosions at a funeral reception in Sanaa, according to Houthi-controlled media sources.

Saba news agency, which is aligned with the Iran-allied Houthi group, accused an Arab coalition fighter jet of striking the grand hall of ceremonies on al-Khamseen Street in the Yemeni capital on Saturday afternoon.

Hakim al-Masmari, the editor of the Yemen Post, told Al Jazeera that the venue was hit by four strikes.


U.S. Researcher Killed By Rock-Throwing Protesters In Ethiopia

Sharon GrayThe California university researcher killed in Ethiopia protests was a brilliant scientist with an infectious smile who was studying the effects of climate change at the time of her death, the colleague who was traveling with her said on Thursday.

Sharon Gray, a 31-year-old postdoctoral scientist at the University of California, Davis, was riding through Addis Ababa with her co-researcher Siobahn Brady when their car was attacked by demonstrators hurling rocks.


Colombian president Santos wins Nobel Peace Prize

Colombian President SantosColombian President Juan Manuel Santos won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for his efforts to end a five-decades-long civil war that has killed more than 200,000 people in the South American country.

The award came just days after Colombian voters narrowly rejected the peace deal that Santos helped bring about, and Nobel authorities conspicuously left out his counterpart, Rodrigo Londono, the leader of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, from the honor.


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