Two Polish-born prelates are being investigated by Holy See authorities for alleged possession of child pornography, a Vatican spokesman said.

Whitney Houston's daughter taken to hospital

The daughter of late singer and entertainer Whitney Houston was found unresponsive in a bathtub and taken to hospital.

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Four skiers killed in avalanche

Four people are dead after an avalanche hit a group of skiers in the south east of Switzerland, police said.

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Massive crowd turns up for radical leftist party in Spain

Hundreds of thousands of people marched through Madrid today in a show of strength by a fledgling radical leftist party, which hopes to emulate the success of Greece’s ...

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Church of England vicar apologises for 'Israel 9/11' post

A Church of England vicar has apologised after being criticised for posting a link to an internet article blaming Israel for the September 11 terror attacks.

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Record-breaking balloon pilots land off coast of Mexico

Two pilots in a helium-filled balloon have landed safely off the coast of Mexico after a nearly 7,000-mile long trip across the Pacific Ocean.

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Fire devastates major library in Moscow

A fire at one of Russia’s largest public libraries has been raging for more than 17 hours, destroying thousands of rare documents.

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Judge elected new president of Italy

Italian MPs have elected Constitutional Court judge Sergio Mattarella president on the third day of voting.

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Anger as mosque bombing kills 59

Thousands of Shiites across Pakistan mourned and protested today after a bombing at a Shiite mosque killed at least 59 people.

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Efforts to free IS hostages in 'state of deadlock'

Efforts to free a captive journalist from the militant Islamic State group have reached a "state of deadlock", a top Japanese diplomat says.

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Newspaper's 'sexist' McCullough obituary criticised

Australia's main national newspaper is facing a worldwide volley of criticism over an obituary calling the nation's most famous author "plain" and "overweight".

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Islamic State chemical weapons expert killed in Iraq

An Islamic State (IS) militant who specialised in chemical weapons has been killed in a US air strike in Iraq, the military says.

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