{FD} Pakistani court orders arrest of cleric over violent rally

A Pakistani court has ordered the arrest of a radical Islamist cleric over a violent rally last November in Islamabad where his followers demanded the removal of a minister over an omitted reference to Islam's Prophet Muhammad in a parliamentary bill.

{FD} The Latest: Tokyo subway workers mark gas attack anniversary

The Latest on the anniversary of the 1995 Tokyo subway nerve gas attack (all times local): 12:40 p.m. Tokyo subway employees have marked the 23rd anniversary of a nerve gas attack that killed 13 people and sickened thousands at several stations.

{FD} Scottish cardinal who recused himself from conclave dies

The Roman Catholic Church in Scotland says Cardinal Keith O'Brien, who became the first cardinal in history to recuse himself from a papal election over a personal scandal, has died.

{FD} Myanmar leader welcomed to Australian Parliament House

Myanmar's leader Aung San Suu Kyi was welcomed to Australia's Parliament House on Monday for the official start of a state visit that has provoked protests over her muted response to a military crackdown against Rohingya Muslims.

{FD} Vatican bows to pressure, releases retired pope’s letter

The Vatican has bowed to pressure and released the complete letter by Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI about Pope Francis after coming under criticism for selectively citing it in a press release and digitally manipulating a photograph of it.

{FD} Malaysia’s leader says Rohingya not just a Myanmar issue

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak says the displacement of Rohingya Muslims is no longer solely a domestic issue for Myanmar, as Southeast Asian nations signed a counterterrorism cooperation agreement at a regional leaders' conference.

{FD} Vatican convicts ex-Guam archbishop, but doesn’t say of what

The Vatican said Friday it had convicted the suspended Guam archbishop, who was accused of sexually abusing minors, financial mismanagement and other charges, but didn't say exactly what crimes he had committed.

{FD} Father testifies in Australian court cardinal abused son

The father of a man who alleges he was sexually abused by a senior Vatican cleric during a waterskiing outing has told an Australian court that he is insulted to be accused by a defense lawyer of lying.

{FD} Some fun facts about Pope Francis at the 5-year mark

In five years, the world has gotten to know Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina who was so self-deprecating that when he emerged on the loggia of St. Peter's Basilica on March 13, 2013, as Pope Francis, he quipped that his brother cardinals had to search to the "end of the Earth" to find a new leader.

{FD} Pakistan court ruling against minorities draws criticism

Rights activists in Pakistan are expressing concern over a court ruling that would require people to declare their religion on all official documents, saying it could lead to the persecution of minorities, particularly adherents of the Ahmadi faith.