Catholic bishops failed to approve even a watered-down section on ministering to homosexuals that had encouraged welcoming them with respect and delicacy. Paragraphs concerning divorce and remarriage also failed to pass.
Two fresh attacks following the government's announcement of a ceasefire with Boko Haram dashed hopes for easing the violence in northeast Nigeria. At least one person was killed in the village of Abadam, and at least eight were killed in Dzur.
In an effort to lay a stronger political foundation to counter the Islamic State, the Iraqi parliament approved a Sunni Muslim as defense minister, and a Shi'ite as interior minister. Six Kurdish members of the cabinet were also sworn in.
On Friday, Mexican officials captured the leader of a gang called Guerreros Unidos, suspected of killing the 43 students missing since late September. Meanwhile, thousands of protesters marched in Acapulco Friday demanding the safe return of the students.
After announcing a deal with Boko Haram, a source close to the Nigerian presidency told Reuters the kidnapped Chibok girls may be released Monday or Tuesday. Boko Haram has not yet commented on the ceasefire.
While most trekkers stranded in blizzards in northern Nepal have been rescued, efforts to reach a few left behind continue. More than 200 people have been rescued by helicopter, or have taken shelter in nearby towns and villages.
The fate of more than 200 missing schoolgirls abducted by the insurgents six months ago remains unknown. Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Chris Olukolade said their release is still being negotiated.