Pope Ends Africa Tour With Mosque Visit

By Joe Bavier and Philip Pullella BANGUI, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Pope Francis ventured into one of the world’s most dangerous neighbourhoods on Monday to beg Christians and Muslims to end a spiral of hate, vendetta and bloodshed that has killed thousands over the past three years. Under intense security, Francis passed through a no-man’s

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Israel Convicts Two Jewish Minors For Burning Alive a Palestinian Teen in 2014

JERUSALEM, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – An Israeli court on Monday found two Jewish defendants guilty of the 2014 murder of a Palestinian teenager in Jerusalem, but held off on formally convicting a third man pending a psychological review, Israeli broadcasters said. Prosecutors said the three, two of whom were minors, had confessed to abducting, bludgeoning

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Smog Chokes Chinese, Indian Capitals as Climate Talks Begin

BEIJING/NEW DELHI, Nov 30 – The capitals of the world’s two most populous nations, China and India, were blanketed in hazardous, choking smog on Monday as climate change talks began in Paris, where leaders of both countries are leading participants. China’s capital Beijing maintained an “orange” pollution alert, the second-highest level, on Monday, closing highways,

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Liberia Desperately Seeks Honest Civil Servant in Reality Show

By Kieran Guilbert DAKAR, Nov 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Featuring contestants from a caretaker and nurse to a lawyer, a reality television show in Liberia is on the hunt for a different kind of star— a civil servant who embodies honesty in a country often blighted by accusations of corruption. Integrity Idol is asking

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Japanese Manga Artist Who Depicted Horrors of WWII dies at 93

TOKYO, Nov. 30 (Reuters) – An award-winning Japanese manga artist, whose retellings of traditional ghost stories and depictions of the horrors of World War Two helped propel anime to global popularity, died on Monday at the age of 93. Shigeru Mizuki, a beloved household name in Japan, was an art student when he was drafted

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Asian Imports of Iran Oil Fall to Lowest Level in Two Years

By Aaron Sheldrick TOKYO, Nov 30 (Reuters) – Asian imports of Iranian oil fell to the lowest level in two years in October, as Iran’s biggest crude buyers held off from increasing purchases following a landmark agreement on Tehran’s disputed nuclear programme in July. Imports by Iran’s four biggest buyers – China, India, Japan and

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France Calls for “Enlightened Islam” Against Jihadist Ideology

By Tom Heneghan PARIS, Nov 30 – Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve urged French Muslim leaders on Sunday to develop an “enlightened Islam” to confront what he called the obscurantist views of Daesh that lead young Muslims into violence. At their first meeting since the Nov. 13 killings of 130 people, he told about 400 Muslim

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Israel Suspends EU Role in Peace Process with Palestinians

By Ori Lewis JERUSALEM, Nov 29 – Israel said on Sunday it was suspending contacts with European Union bodies involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians after the bloc started requiring the labelling of exports from Israeli settlements in the West Bank. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the foreign ministry to carry out “a reassessment

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Syria’s Assad Says His Enemies Increasing Support for Insurgents

BEIRUT/AMMAN, Nov 29 – Syrian President Bashar Al Assad told a senior Iranian official on Sunday that his adversaries had increased weapon supplies and financial support to insurgents since the start of a major offensive aided by his allies to regain lost territory. Assad was quoted by state media as telling Ali Akbar Velayati, a

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Germany May Send Troops to Join Coalition in Middle East

By John O’Donnell FRANKFURT, Nov 29 – Germany could send 1,200 soldiers to the Middle East by the end of the year to provide service support to planes and ships of a coalition battling Daesh, Germany’s top defense official told a newspaper on Sunday. Chancellor Angela Merkel promised to support the offensive against Daesh during

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