Warren Weinstein, abducted from his home in Lahore in August 2011, is shown begging for help from the US government in a video released Thursday by Al Qaeda. The White House has called for Weinstein's immediate release but has said it won't negotiate with Al Qaeda.
Pope Francis on Thursday drew parallels between the martyred St. Stephen and modern victims of religious persecution. He denounced discrimination and violence, especially in countries where religious freedom is guaranteed by law.
Russia: Greenpeace activists are now free to leave Russia. Officials dropped criminal charges on Wednesday and began issuing visas Thursday. The charges stemmed from a September protest outside an Arctic oil rig.
Britain has pardoned Alan Turing, the code breaker key to winning WWII and laying the foundation for the computer age, for his conviction for "gross indecency" stemming from his relationship with another man in 1952.
Canada's highest court struck down all three of Canada's prostitution-related laws: bans on keeping a brothel, making a living from prostitution, and street soliciting. The decision reopens the national debate on the legality of Canada's sex trade.
Pussy Riot: Two members of a Russian punk band were serving a two-year jail sentence for performing a crude "punk prayer" against Putin and his ties to the Russian Orthodox church. Putin says Pussy Riot and 30 Greenpeace activists will be released. .
An outburst of violence in recent days between the Dinka and the Nuer in Sudan could portend civil war in the country, officials warned Wednesday. President Salva Kiir accuses rival Riek Macharf of sparking the violence, but says he is willing to begin a dialogue.
Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, was arrested Thursday on charges that she lied on a visa application. The New Delhi government has revoked privileges for US diplomats to protest the woman's treatment and withdrawn traffic barriers near the US embassy in Delhi.
Stonehenge has a new visitor center 1.5 miles away from the actual stones. No longer will 1 million tourists a year be able to drive past Stonehenge in their cars. Now visitors must take walking tours and a schedule shuttle bus.
Amanda Knox sent an email to be read at her murder trial in Italy. "I am innocent. I did not kill, I did not rape, I did not steal, I did not plot or instigate. I did not kill Meredith," wrote Amanda Knox.
Women's universities and women's campuses of the nation's only coed university offer unprecedented educational access for Saudi Arabia's young women, but critics point out how little is changing outside school walls.