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Pope Francis faces tepid welcome in migrant-wary Poland

Varsovia - A portrait of Pope Francis hanging in Warsaw's St. Saviour Church is flanked by another, much larger one, showing the smiling late Polish-born pontiff and saint, John Paul II. In Poland, Karol Wojtyla is still "The Pope".

Bangladesh police say 9 Islamists killed in Dhaka raid

Dhaka - Bangladeshi police killed nine suspected Islamist extremists in a gun-battle Tuesday after storming a hideout where they said a new mass attack was being planned.

Bangladesh police say 9 Islamists killed in Dhaka raid

Dhaka - Bangladeshi police killed nine suspected Islamist extremists in a gun-battle Tuesday after storming a hideout where they said a new mass attack was being planned.

Bangladesh police say 9 Islamists killed in Dhaka raid

Dhaka - Bangladeshi police killed nine suspected Islamist extremists in a gun-battle Tuesday after storming a hideout where they said a new mass attack was being planned.

Croatia quashes controversial WWII cardinal verdict

Zagreb - A Croatian court on Friday quashed a communist era verdict convicting a controversial World War II-era cardinal for collaborating with the Nazis, infuriating neighbouring Serbia.

Road brings jeans, satellite TV to Himalayan Shangri-La

- A Himalayan Shangri-La that was closed to visitors until 1992, the former Buddhist kingdom of Upper Mustang in Nepal is facing unprecedented change as a new highway brings modernity to the roof of the world.

EU court split on headscarf bans

Luxembourg - The EU's top court faced a dilemma Wednesday after a top legal officer said it was discriminatory for a firm to tell an employee to remove a Muslim headscarf, contradicting an earlier opinion in a separate case.

Liberal hopes dashed as post-Islamist Egypt turns conservative

Cairo - When Egypt's military overthrew the Muslim Brotherhood in 2013, Egyptians like Nabil dared to hope that their conservative country was on the brink of change.

Pope names U.S. reporter as spokesman plus first female deputy

Vatican City - Pope Francis on Monday named a former Fox News correspondent to head up the Vatican press office and appointed the tiny state's first-ever female deputy spokesperson.

Myanmar to deport Spanish tourist for Buddha tattoo: police

Yangon - A Spanish tourist faces deportation from Myanmar over a Buddha leg tattoo that offended monks, police said Monday, in a country where the influence of religious hardliners is growing.

Eight charged with Japanese farmer's murder in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Eight members of an outlawed Islamist group have been charged with murdering a Japanese farmer who was shot dead in northern Bangladesh last year, a prosecutor said Monday.

Eight charged with Japanese farmer's murder in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Eight members of an outlawed Islamist group have been charged with murdering a Japanese farmer who was shot dead in northern Bangladesh last year, a prosecutor said Monday.

Eight charged with Japanese farmer's murder in Bangladesh

Dhaka - Eight members of an outlawed Islamist group have been charged with murdering a Japanese farmer who was shot dead in northern Bangladesh last year, a prosecutor said Monday.

Church and China Communists vie over French missionary

- To the Catholic Church, French missionary Auguste Chapdelaine is a saint, martyred for his faith 160 years ago in China. To Communist Party officials, he is a devilish rapist, bandit and spy.

Pope reins in Vatican's economy minister after scandal

Vatican City - Pope Francis issued a decree Saturday aimed at boosting transparency over Vatican finances, which have been under scrutiny since leaks of secret documents revealed serious irregularities that may have masked corruption.

Bangladesh cafe attack 'suspect' dies in police custody

Dhaka - A Bangladeshi teenager who police say was a suspect in last week's deadly attack on a Dhaka cafe has died in custody, with his family insisting he was a hostage and alleging torture by security forces.

Rising violence in Bangladesh: What's behind it?

New Delhi - Bangladesh has been hit by a surge in Islamist attacks in the past three years that reached new heights last weekend when 20 hostages were murdered in Dhaka.

Turks cross Cyprus divide for Eid prayers

Larnaca - Hundreds of Turks crossed the "Green Line" dividing Cyprus on Thursday to pray at a mosque in the Greek-majority south, a rare pilgrimage made possible by a 2014 accord.

Journalists acquitted, Spanish prelate guilty in Vatileaks

Vatican City - Two investigative journalists accused of publishing stolen papers which exposed scandal in the Vatican were acquitted Thursday, while a whistle-blowing Spanish prelate was sentenced to jail time in the Vatileaks trial.

Journalists acquitted in Vatileaks trial

Vatican City - Two investigative journalists at the heart of a controversial leaks trial at the Vatican were acquitted Thursday after judges ruled they did not have the authority to examine their cases.

Three killed in new Bangladesh attack at start of Eid

Dhaka - Suspected Islamists carrying bombs and machetes launched another deadly attack in Bangladesh Thursday, killing at least three people at a huge prayer rally marking the start of Eid.

Three killed in new Bangladesh attack at start of Eid

Dhaka - Suspected Islamists carrying bombs and machetes launched another deadly attack in Bangladesh Thursday, killing at least three people at a huge prayer rally marking the start of Eid.

Three killed in new Bangladesh attack at start of Eid

Dhaka - Suspected Islamists carrying bombs and machetes launched another deadly attack in Bangladesh Thursday, killing at least three people at a huge prayer rally marking the start of Eid.

Bangladesh clamps down on social media after cafe attack

Dhaka - Bangladesh has launched a clampdown on social media sites spreading jihadist propaganda after an attack on a Dhaka cafe in which 20 hostages were murdered, saying the country's young were being radicalised online.

Muslims mark end of a Ramadan marred by deadly attacks

Birut - Millions of Muslims on Wednesday celebrated the festival at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, marked this year by a series of deadly jihadist attacks.

Muslims mark end of a Ramadan marred by deadly attacks

Birut - Millions of Muslims on Wednesday celebrated the festival at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, marked this year by a series of deadly jihadist attacks.

Muslims mark end of a Ramadan marred by deadly attacks

Birut - Millions of Muslims on Wednesday celebrated the festival at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, marked this year by a series of deadly jihadist attacks.

Muslims mark end of a Ramadan marred by deadly attacks

Birut - Millions of Muslims on Wednesday celebrated the festival at the end of the holy month of Ramadan, marked this year by a series of deadly jihadist attacks.

Dhaka attack neighbourhood falls silent ahead of Eid

Dhaka - An eerie silence pervades the restaurants and shopping malls in Dhaka's diplomatic quarter, usually teeming with well-heeled urbanites, now standing empty since the killing of 20 hostages at a popular cafe.

Bangladesh politician stunned by son's role in attack

Dhaka - A Bangladeshi politician spoke Tuesday of his horror to learn his son was among the suspects who murdered foreigners at a Dhaka cafe, and said many young men from wealthy, educated families were going missing.
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