Father Ernest Simoni, a 88-year-old Albanian, was watching Pope Francis on television this month when, to his astonishment, he heard the pontiff mention his name.
Islamist militant group al Shabaab took control on Wednesday of a town in southern Somalia after African Union peacekeepers and government troops abandoned it, residents and the group said.
Montenegro’s prime minister Milo Djukanovic will be replaced by his deputy and closest ally Dusko Markovic as Prime Minister-Designate to try to form the new government, the presidency of the ruling Democratic Party of Socialists (DPS) said late on Tuesday.
Spanish police have arrested a Morrocan man accused of spreading Islamist militant messages and trying to recruit others, the Interior Ministry said on Wednesday.
South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has filed court papers to determine if an unreleased report into allegations of political interference by wealthy brothers Ajay, Atul and Rajesh Gupta is final, eNCA TV said on Wednesday.
Suspected Islamic State fighters rounded up dozens of civilians and executed them in a reprisal after police killed a militant commander in the remote Afghan province of Ghor, a provincial official said on Wednesday.
A suspected Syrian army helicopter dropped barrel bombs on Turkish-backed rebels on Tuesday, the Turkish military said, in what appeared to be the first direct clash with Syrian forces since Turkey launched a cross-border incursion in August.
Hambali, who was captured in 2003 and sent to Guantanamo three years later, was believed to be Al-Qaeda's top representative in Southeast Asia and operational chief of regional militant group Jemaah Ismaliyah.
Kyrgyzstan's government resigned on Wednesday after President Almazbek Atambayev's party quit the ruling majority coalition earlier this week, deepening a rift between the pro-Russian leader and his former allies.
Mexico's ruling Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI) expelled an outgoing state governor from its ranks on Tuesday, saying the official violated party rules as head of the Gulf state of Veracruz.