Pope Francis: Church's "obsession" with gays, abortion and contraception means it risks "falling like a house of cards"

The recently-appointed Pope gives a frank interview to an Italian journalist. (Independent)

Russia "seizes" Greenpeace ship after Arctic rig protest

29 activists are being held after Russian forces stormed the ship at gunpoint in the Barents Sea. (BBC)

UKIP drops its veil ban policy

The right-wing UK Independence Party announces it has dropped its policy, announced in 2010, to ban the Muslim face veil. (Huffington Post)

Iran's only Jewish MP to visit the United Nations

Hassan Rouhani, the new president of Iran, will bring Siamak Moreh Sedgh to the UN with him as part of a bid to soften the country's image abroad. (Guardian)

Greek government moves to ban far-right Golden Dawn

After the murder of a left-wing musician by an associate of the neo-Nazi group, Greece's prime minister publicly condemns Golden Dawn. (Reuters)