Five people were killed and churches set on fire in Niger on Saturday in fresh protests against the French weekly Charlie Hebdo's Mohammed cover, as France condemned the violence and defended freedom of expression.
Indonesia's method of execution has remained unchanged since 1964. This weekend will see the first of Indonesia's death row prisoners executed for 2015.
Boko Haram poses a severe threat in Nigeria but more as agents of chaos than a truly alternative regime.
NATIONAL: "I am sort of Mister Cocoa," says Professor Paul Hadley.
Pope Francis cut short his visit to typhoon-hit Tacloban on the Philippine island of Leyte on Saturday as another storm churned across the Pacific towards the Philippines.
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.