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Greek Orthodox Church bans religious rites at cremations

The Greek Orthodox Church says it will not provide religious rites for those who choose cremation, saying it disrespects the human body.

American Spieth runaway winner of Australian Open

Rising American star Jordan Spieth dominated the final round to win the Australian Open by six shots and leave world number one Rory McIlroy and third-ranked Adam Scott floundering in his wake on Sunday.

US urges N. Korea to compensate Sony for cyberattack

The United States on Monday urged North Korea to admit it ordered a cyberattack on the Hollywood studio Sony Pictures and to pay for the damage it had caused.

US 'delighted' by impending arrival of Sudanese Christian convert

The White House said it was "delighted" over the release by Sudan of a Christian woman sentenced to death for renouncing Islam, and welcomes her arrival "soon" in the United States.

Kenya president blames 'local political networks' for attacks

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday blamed "local political networks" for the killings of dozens of people in two attacks in the coastal region that have been claimed by Somalia's Shebab militants.

What if? Scotland's steps to independence

With polls ahead of Scotland's independence referendum now showing the two sides neck and neck, Britain is starting to consider seriously the implications of a "Yes" victory.

Carters, Nevill blunt England bowling attack in tour game

Ryan Carters and skipper Peter Nevill frustrated England's bowlers with an unbroken 178-run stand for the Cricket Australia Invitational XI on Wednesday in the tourists' final match before the Ashes.

Dozens of Israel Arabs held as teen murder protests spread

Israeli police made dozens of arrests overnight as violent protests over the murder of a Palestinian teenager by suspected Jewish extremists swept Arab Israeli towns into Sunday.

Fed report shows optimism about US economic outlook

The US economy continued growing in October and November amid widespread optimism that the world's biggest engine would stay on track, according to a Federal Reserve report released Wednesday.

Federer cruises as Serena, Venus eye Paris showdown

Roger Federer racked up a record-equalling 59th career win at the French Open on Sunday while Serena and Venus Williams edged closer to a third round sister showdown.