Can Pope tackle religious divide in Central African Republic?

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When Pope Francis put the Central African Republic on his itinerary, he gave his Vatican security officers a major challenge.

It’s no longer full-blown civil war, but it’s a country divided – on the surface at least – along religious grounds achat viagra pilule.

Every day gunfire and grenades ring out across the capital and countrywide, hundreds of thousands of people have been forced from their homes into enclaves that are either Christian or Muslim.

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IS making and using chemical weapons

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There is a growing belief within the US government that the Islamic State militant group is making and using crude chemical weapons in Iraq and Syria, a US official has told the BBC.

The US has identified at least four occasions on both sides of the Iraq-Syria border where IS has used mustard agents, the official said.

The official said the chemical was being used in powder form.

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Earth’s nuclear arsenal revealed

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Earth’s nuclear arsenal revealed: Interactive infographic lets you track growth of the world’s WMDs over 70 years

There are currently more than 16,300 nuclear weapons in the world – enough to kill everyone on the planet 100 times over.

Now an interactive infographic has been created that tracks the number and history of nuclear weapons in the nine nations responsible for many of these warheads.

They include the US, UK, Russia, France, China, India, Pakistan, Israel, and North Korea. Between them, these nations ...

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Almost 1,000 dead since Ukraine truce

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An average of 13 people have been killed daily in eastern Ukraine since a 5 September ceasefire came into place, the UN human rights commissioner says.

In the eight weeks since the shaky truce came into force, the UN says 957 people have been killed, amid continuing violations on both sides.

The commissioner’s report describes a total breakdown of law and order in rebel-held Donetsk and Luhansk.

It also highlights credible allegations of abuses by government forces.

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Tributes have been paid to servicemen and women who died in conflicts since the start of World War One.

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Ceremonies took place around the UK and further afield to mark the anniversary of the WW1 armistice.

In London, a 13-year-old army cadet planted the final symbolic ceramic poppy in the art installation at the Tower of London.

  • French President Francois Hollande laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, under the Arc de Triomphe in Paris
  • A memorial service was held in the Afghan capital Kabul for British servicemen killed there

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ISIS training video showing boys as young as five

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Barely five-years-old and armed with a hand gun, a blonde-haired toddler runs through the streets in Syria.

Dodging pretend enemy fire as he moves from post to post, he could be playing an innocent game of cops and robbers.

But the white-skinned boy is not playing games – he is being trained by Islamic Militants to fightWatch movie online The Lego Batman Movie (2017)

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Islamic State: Turkey to let Iraq Kurds join Kobane fight

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Turkey is to allow Iraqi Kurdish fighters to cross the Syrian border to fight Islamic State (IS) militants in Kobane, in what is being seen as a policy reversal.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said talks on the subject were continuing.

Tens of thousands of people have fled months of fighting in Kobane between IS forces and Syrian Kurd defenders.

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Ukraine crisis: Shell kills four at Donetsk school

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A shell has killed four people at a school in the rebel-held east Ukrainian city of Donetsk, on the first day of classes, officials and witnesses say.

Another six people died when a minibus was hit elsewhere in Donetsk.

No children were apparently hurt when the school playground was shelled but a biology teacher and a parent were among the dead, witnesses told Reuters.

The school is 4km (2.5 miles) from Donetsk airport, where rebels have clashed with Ukrainian troops.

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D-Day ‘killing field’ remembered on 70th anniversary

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D-Day veterans are returning to the Normandy “killing field” where many of their comrades died 70 years ago.

Events are taking place ahead of Friday’s major commemoration attended by world leaders in France.

More than 650 UK veterans are expected at the Sword Beach ceremony on Friday, and many will sail on HMS Bulwark from Portsmouth to Normandy on Thursday.

Former troops, cadets and serving members of the armed forces will earlier parade in Portsmouth.

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Syria conflict: UN restarts aid mission in Homs

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The UN has restarted its aid mission in the besieged rebel-held Old City of Homs after hours of talks aimed at saving a truce between warring parties.

UN vehicles towed trailers of food into the city, and aid agencies prepared buses to transport fleeing civilians.

The current ceasefire deal is due to end late on Wednesday, but the regime has said it will allow an extension.

Hundreds were evacuated from the Old City after a truce was agreed last Friday, but more ...

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Syria accused of torture and 11,000 executions

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There is clear evidence that Syria has systematically tortured and executed about 11,000 detainees since the start of the uprising, a report by three former war crimes prosecutors says.

The investigators examined thousands of images of dead prisoners reportedly smuggled out of Syria by a defector.

One of the authors told the BBC there was evidence of government involvement. Damascus has denied claims of abuse.

The report comes a day before peace talks are due to begin in Switzerland.

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Afghanistan mission accomplished, says Cameron

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UK troops can come home from Afghanistan knowing it was “mission accomplished”, David Cameron has said as he visited the country.

The prime minister met forces stationed at Camp Bastion in Helmand, a year before the last British combat forces are due to leave the country.

Mr Cameron, who ate breakfast with troops, said a “basic level of security” had been achieved.

They could “come home with their heads held high”, he added.

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Syria crisis: UN launches record $6.5bn aid appeal

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The United Nations has announced its biggest ever appeal, seeking $6.5bn (£4bn; 4.7bn euros) for humanitarian aid to Syria.

The UN estimates nearly three-quarters of Syria’s 22.4 million population will need humanitarian aid in 2014.

The appeal coincides with a new study by the International Rescue Committee, which warns that starvation is now threatening the Syrian population.

Bread prices have risen by 500% in some areas, according to the report.

Four out of five Syrians said their greatest worry was that food would ...

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Armistice Day: UK remembers

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The anniversary of the World War One armistice – signed 95 years ago – has been marked in the UK with a two-minute silence.

Ceremonies have taken place at military bases, town halls, churches, schools, and at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

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Syria crisis: Barack Obama puts military strike on hold

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US President Barack Obama has put military action against Syria on hold and vowed to pursue diplomacy to remove the regime’s chemical weapons.

Damascus has admitted for the first time that it has chemical weapons, and has agreed to abide by a Russian plan to hand over its arsenal.

The US had threatened strikes after a gas attack killed hundreds last month.

 

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The UN prepares to go to war for the first time

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The UN is about to go to war for the first time in its history after the Security Council voted unanimously to intervene to fight rebels in the Congo.

Around 3,000 UN troops wearing the blue insignia, are being deployed to the central African nation which has been wracked by years of civil war and lawlessness.

The UN has led a 14-year-long peacekeeping in a bid to end the ethic

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Syria death toll at least 93,000, says UN

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At least 93,000 people have been killed in Syria since the start of the conflict, according to latest United Nations figures.

This represents a rise of more than 30,000 since the UN last issued figures covering the period to November 2012.

At least 5,000 people have been dying in Syria every month since last July, the UN’s human rights body says.

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Afghanistan set to cost every British household £2,000

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The war in Afghanistan will cost every British household £2,000, a foreign policy adviser to the Government said yesterday.

But Frank Ledwidge added that not a single Al Qaeda terrorist who posed a threat to Britain has been killed by Nato forces in Helmand.

And the province is no more stable now than when British troops were deployed there in 2006. 

Latest Ministry of Defence figures show 444 British soldiers have been killed since the start of the Afghan conflict in 2001.

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