The opposition's candidate for mayor of Istanbul has urged Turkey's electoral body to confirm his narrow victory in local elections and has asked President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to act to prevent the country from sliding into uncertainty.
The priest in northern Poland who led a public burning of the Harry Potter series and other books and items deemed by their owners as harmful has apologised and stressed it was not aimed against books or culture.
Pope Francis has said women have "legitimate claims" to seek more justice and equality in the Catholic Church, but stopped short of endorsing more sweeping calls to recognise the "urgency of an inevitable change" to give them leadership roles.
Pope Francis has allowed nuns and priests to kiss his papal ring during his weekly audience in St Peter's Square, two days after a video showing him pulling his hand away from several faithful drew criticism.
The founder and the all-female editorial board of the Vatican's women's magazine have quit after what they say was a campaign to discredit them and put them "under the direct control of men" after they denounced the sexual abuse of nuns by clergy.
THE Irish government says it has "no plans" to change its stance on the Golan Heights after Donald Trump formally recognised Israel as having sovereignty over the disputed territory it seized decades ago from Syria.