Under tightest security, Pope's first visit to a warzone

Protected by the heaviest security ever seen on his trips, Pope Francis preached reconciliation in the divided Central African Republic, a nation racked by bloodshed between Muslims and Christians.

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Tibetan language facing extinction

Young monks practice writing Tibetan at a monastery in Yushu, China, July 27, 2015. In a broad push to assimilate ethnic minorities, Beijing has sharply restricted the teaching of their languages ? fueling anxiety and resentment in places like Yushu, where monks have been ordered to stop teaching Tibetan. (Gilles Sabrie/The New York Times)?


China has sharply scaled back, and restricted, the teaching of languages spoken by ethnic minorities in its vast western regions in recent years.

Israel suspends EU role in peace efforts

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Sunday, Nov. 29, 2015. (Dan Balilty/Pool Photo via AP)

Israel has suspended contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labelling of exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Germany may send 1200 soldiers to Syria

French President Francois Hollande has held recent talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Paris over the campaign against Islamic State militants.

Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to support the offensive against Islamic State during recent talks with French President Francois Hollande, after the November 13 attacks in Paris.

Turkey gives Russia pilot's body

Lieutenant Colonel Oleg Peshkov, who died after his plane was hit.

Turkey presented the body to Russian diplomats on Sunday, five days after shooting down his warplane in an incident that wrecked relations between two of the main powers involved in Syria's war.

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Military attache pleads guilty to indecent assault

Former military attache Muhammad Rizalman pleads guilty to attacking a woman in her Wellington home.

12:11 PM   A former Malaysian diplomatic staffer in New Zealand has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a Wellington woman.

Islamic State's Mediterranean stronghold in Libya

A convoy of vehicles carrying families fleeing Sirte waits for permission to pass at a checkpoint on the road to Misrata, near Sirte, in 2011.

David D. Kirkpatrick, Ben Hubbard and Eric Schmitt 12:00 PM   When the Libyan arm of the Islamic State first raised the group's black flag over the coastal city of Sirte almost a year ago, it was just a bunch of local militants trying to look tough. Now it's an actively managed colony.

Chicago gang member arrested after nine-year-old Tyshawn Lee shot dead

Corey Morgan, left, has been charged with first-degree murder over the death of Tyshawn Lee, 9. Kevin Edwards, right, is also wanted for murder.

Lindsey Bever, Aamer Madhani 10:55 AM   A Chicago gang member has been arrested and charged with murder after police said he helped lure a nine-year-old boy into an alley where the child was shot in the head in an apparent gang retaliation against the boy's father.

Surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman 'drove through Mexico drug cartel area'

Adam Coleman and his girlfriend Andrea Gomez.

Megan Levy 10:50 AM   On the night of November 20, two men matching the descriptions of Australian surfers Dean Lucas and Adam Coleman were seen entering an all-night convenience store in the coastal Mexican city of Los Michos.

Plane windscreen shatters mid-flight

Flight AA199 landing at Heathrow Airport.

Michael Koziol 10:20 AM   An American Airlines flight was forced to make an emergency landing at the weekend when its front windscreen shattered en route from Milan to New York.

Under tightest security, Pope's first visit to a warzone

Pope Francis blesses children during his visit at a refugee camp, in Bangui, Central African Republic, on Sunday.

Philip Pullella 10:14 AM   Protected by the heaviest security ever seen on his trips, Pope Francis preached reconciliation in the divided Central African Republic, a nation racked by bloodshed between Muslims and Christians.

Cyber spies raise their game against pro-democracy Chinese

Ghost Security Group members are mostly anonymous and working independently of authorities to disrupt the online activities of IS.

Clare Baldwin, James Pomfret and Jeremy Wagstaff 10:12 AM   Almost a year after students ended pro-democracy street protests in Hong Kong, they face an online battle against what Western security experts say are China-sponsored hackers using techniques rarely seen elsewhere.

Vehicles 'levitate' in bizarre China crash

Vehicles appear to levitate in this screen grab from a video clip of a crash in China.

9:18 AM   A cable caught in a street sweeper is being blamed for a bizarre incident that seemed to make three vehicles levitate on a street in China.

Paris UN climate conference 2015: police clash with defiant protesters

Policemen fight with activists ahead of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference at the place de la Republique, in Paris.

Alexandra Zavis 5:48 AM   Frustrated by a ban on demonstrations during international climate talks, hundreds of protesters clashed with police on Sunday in the Place de la Republique in Paris.

Colorado governor calls for abortion debate to be 'toned down'

Dennis Apuan holds a sign during a vigil at the All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church in Colorado Springs on Saturday.

Keith Coffman 4:29 AM   The attack at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic was 'a form of terrorism' that suggested the abortion debate in the United States needed to be "tone downed", says the state's governor.

Turkey to get $4.4 billion and possible EU membership as part of migrant deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks on arrival at the EU-Turkey summit in Brussels.

Francesco Guarascio 3:39 AM   Leaders of the European Union and Turkey have agreed a deal offering Ankara cash and closer ties in return for help to halt the flow of migrants to Europe.

Britain seeks end to 'dodgy data' at UN climate talks

Britain is arguing that  enforced transparency and scrutiny will provide political pressure on countries to meet their emissions plans.

Emily Gosden 2:10 AM   World leaders pledging action to tackle global warming must submit to a strict new transparency regime to prove they are not dodging their commitments, Britain will argue at United Nations talks in Paris.

What is the Paris climate change conference?

National pledges to cut emissions made ahead of the Paris summit are likely to make a dent in global warming but not be enough to prevent dangerous warming.

2:09 AM   The key issues as world leaders search for a global deal on temperature curbs.

Turkey to hand over body of pilot to Russia - PM

The jet crashed to the ground after being shot down by Turkish F-16s.

9:45 PM   The body of the pilot killed when Turkey shot down a Russian jet was taken to Turkey late on Saturday to be handed over to Russia, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

Israeli officers kill Palestinian who stabbed policeman

Israeli soldiers, relatives and friends mourn at the grave site of 18-year-old Israeli soldier Ziv Mizrahi during his funeral at a military cemetery in Jerusalem.

8:42 PM   The stabbing of the border policeman was the latest attack in a two-month wave of violence.

Obama says US has to 'do something' about guns following Colorado attack

President Barack Obama.

7:14 PM   President Barack Obama said the United States needs to "do something" to make it harder for criminals to get guns after a shooting in Colorado killed three people and injured nine.

Optimism as 140 world leaders gather for change summit

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull arrives for the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta.

Adam Morton 6:05 PM   Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is coming from the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta, where he lobbied other Commonwealth leaders and criticised Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's uncosted pledge on greenhouse gas emissions.

Modi's moment to shine

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be a central figure at climate talks due to begin in Paris.

Natalie Obiko Pearson 4:35 PM   India's leader wants to be seen as a problem solver, so will he help tackle global warming or derail a deal?

Pope Francis rocks on new spiritual pop album 'Wake Up!'

Pope Francis has released an album.

Elysa Gardner 3:29 PM   Pope Francis has released his first album, which features many of the Pontiff's addresses laid over rap, pop-rock and Latin rhythms.

Peacekeepers killed in attack on UN base

The remains of people slain by gunmen during recent attacks in Mali's capital are laid out during a funeral in Bamako.

3:04 PM   Two UN peacekeepers and a civilian were killed after unknown assailants fired rockets at a UN peacekeeping base in Kidal in northern Mali early on Saturday, a UN spokesman said.

Brazilian police hunt Santa Claus who stole Sao Paulo helicopter

Ho! Ho! Hold up! One Santa in Brazil has gone rogue.

2:41 PM   Brazilian police are hunting for a Sao Paulo Santa Claus who kicked off the Christmas shopping season by stealing a helicopter.