The Vatican has sacked a Polish priest after he publicly declared his homosexuality on the eve of a major meeting of the world's bishops to discuss church outreach to gays.
Two suicide bombers blew themselves up in two of Baghdad’s mainly Shi’ite districts on October 3, killing at least 18 people and injuring dozens, according to the police.
The first plane carrying bodies of Iranian pilgrims killed in the hajj stampede in Saudi Arabia has arrived in Tehran, nine days after the disaster that further soured already poor relations between the two regional rivals.
Russia has said that it will step up its air strikes in Syria after announcing that its air force has flown more than 60 sorties since September 30 and significantly reduced the military potential of "terrorists."
Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed rebels are due to begin withdrawing small-caliber weapons from the front lines in the east of the country on October 3.
U.S. President Barack Obama has said the Pentagon has launched a "full investigation" into air strikes that killed at least 22 people at an Afghan hospital.
Iraq's most powerful Shi'ite cleric has called for a global war against the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
U.S. President Barack Obama has rejected Russia’s views on Syria’s four-year-old crisis, saying that not everyone who is opposed to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime is a terrorist, as the Kremlin maintains.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif held an impromptu meeting at a United Nations gathering of world leaders October 2 to discuss Syria and carrying out the Iran nuclear deal.
Iranian news media are reporting that Iran's Foreign Ministry has declared Bahrain's second-ranking diplomat in Tehran persona non grata and ordered him out of the country.
Taliban forces are being accused of rape, murder, and other atrocities during their three-day reign over Afghanistan’s strategic city of Kunduz and its 300,000 residents.
Kazakhstan's central bank raised its key interest rate from 12 percent to 16 percent on October 2 as it continues to try to bolster its oil-dependent currency, the tenge.