Peru: St Francis Day sees annual blessing of animals

It was a musical symphony of animal noises outside St Francis Church in Lima, Peru where parrots, dogs, rabbits and hamsters gathered with their owners in tow for the annual blessing of the animals on 4 October. Many of the pets wore colourful bows or flouncy dresses for the special event. Nestled in his owners arms, Andrei Baltas rabbit wore a whimsical princess costume. Oct 5, 2015

One of the worlds oldest surviving Qurans goes on display in UK

In a darkened and temperature-controlled room at Birmingham University two leaves of ancient manuscript have sparked global interest. Fragments from what is believed to be among one of the oldest Qurans will go on display to the public on 2 October. Oct 2, 2015