Gaza: Israeli strike on Hamas kills Palestinian woman and child

An Israeli air strike on a Hamas target in the Gaza Strip on 11 October brought down a nearby house killing a Palestinian woman and her daughter, hospital officials said, as a wave of violence in the region triggered fears of wider escalation. Oct 11, 2015

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