Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for Wednesday's breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America and prompting celebrations on the streets of Havana.

Pakistan, Afghanistan vow to fight terror

Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif and Afghanistan president Ashraf Ghani vowed Wednesday to fight "terrorism and extremism" together, a day after Taliban militants killed 148 people at a Pakistani school.

Church of England names female bishop

The Church of England on Wednesday named vicar Libby Lane as its first woman bishop, following a historic change in its rules.

Pakistan mourns massacre victims

Pakistan began three days of mourning Wednesday for the 132 children and nine school staff massacred by the Taliban in the country's deadliest ever terror attack.