The Church of Scotland voted earlier this month to appoint people who are in same-sex civil partnerships as deacons and ministers.
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OBOCK, Djibouti — They escaped snipers, aerial bombardment and shelling back home in Yemen, only to end up facing a new and bewildering struggle: surviving as refugees on a remote coastal stretch of Djibouti, where shelter from a punishing sun is scarce and the shrieks of hyenas and jackals echo in the evenings.
Scientists working in Kenya have unearthed the oldest known stone tools, simple cutting and pounding implements crafted by ancient members of the human lineage 3.3 million years ago.
ISTANBUL — From the pulpit at a mosque in the besieged Damascus suburb of Ghouta, Syrian rebel leader Zahran Alloush denounced democracy last December as a corrupt system and left no doubt that he seeks an Islamic state to succeed the government of President Bashar Assad.
Months before he was finally found by the CIA and killed, Osama bin Laden wrote that it might be time for him to move.
BANGKOK, Thailand — Indonesia and Malaysia agreed Wednesday to allow thousands of migrants stranded at sea to come ashore, while the United Nations said it would repatriate Bangladeshis detained in three countries for entering illegally.
BEIRUT — Thousands of Iraqi paramilitary fighters were mobilizing for a fresh assault on the Western province of Anbar on Monday, one day after Islamic State forces overran the provincial capital of Ramadi, dealing a major strategic and symbolic blow to the U.S.-backed central government in Baghdad.
KABUL, Afghanistan — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-packed car outside a key government building in central Kabul on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least five people, wounding scores of others and spreading even more fear in the already rattled Afghan capital.
SANAA, Yemen — The roar of bombardment mingled with the wail of sirens in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, on Tuesday as the first Saudi-led airstrikes since the end of a five-day cease-fire hit the city.
ISTANBUL — In the latest blow to the government of President Bashar Assad, the Syrian army retreated Tuesday from its last major base in northeastern Idlib province, abandoning the Mastoumeh stronghold to an Islamist-led rebel force.