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Vatican invites China to organ trafficking summit

The Vatican was forced to defend its decision to invite China to a conference on organ trafficking despite the country's murky recent-past regarding the issue

The Vatican was forced to defend its decision to invite China to a conference on organ trafficking despite the country's murky recent-past regarding the issue

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French church shows solidarity with refugees

The Basilica d’Ainay in Lyon transformed itself into a giant screen last night to show solidarity with refugees trapped in a foreign land.

The Basilica d’Ainay in Lyon transformed itself into a giant screen last night to show solidarity with refugees trapped in a foreign land.

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Bosnian women mark World Hijab Day

Muslim women in towns across Bosnia have been encouraging women of all faiths to don a headscarf.

Muslim women in towns across Bosnia have been encouraging women of all faiths to don a headscarf.

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Watch live: White House press briefing

Press Secretary expected to talk about sacking of acting Attorney General, immigration ban and President's daily schedule

Press Secretary expected to talk about sacking of acting Attorney General, immigration ban and President's daily schedule

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What you need to know for World Hijab Day

Campaigners behind World Hijab Day (February 1) are urging non-Muslims to wear the Islamic headscarf to show solidarity and help fight ‘bigotry, discrimination, and…

Campaigners behind World Hijab Day (February 1) are urging non-Muslims to wear the Islamic headscarf to show solidarity and help fight ‘bigotry, discrimination, and…

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How to be a hermit

Tired of Trump? Weary of war? Want to escape the trials and tribulations of modern life by becoming a hermit? A town in Austria may have the answer to your prayers.

Tired of Trump? Weary of war? Want to escape the trials and tribulations of modern life by becoming a hermit? A town in Austria may have the answer to your prayers.

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Our synagogue is a home for Syrian refugees

As well as reflecting Biblical teaching, the project has a personal resonance to our community. Jews have very recent past experience of being refugees, as some still are as they are unable to practice their religion openly in their country of birth.

As well as reflecting Biblical teaching, the project has a personal resonance to our community. Jews have very recent past experience of being refugees, as some still are as they are unable to practice their religion openly in their country of birth.

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Japan: force-fed fish furore

A good-luck ritual in Japan where fish are force-fed alcohol has prompted an outcry on social media.

A good-luck ritual in Japan where fish are force-fed alcohol has prompted an outcry on social media.

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Mixed swimming obligatory for Muslim in Switzerland

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Muslim girls in Switzerland must attend mixed school swimming lessons.

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Muslim girls in Switzerland must attend mixed school swimming lessons.

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ECHR rules mixed swimming is obligatory for Swiss Muslim children

Europe's top human rights court rules that Muslim parents in Switzerland cannot refuse to send their daughters to mixed school-run swimming lessons.

Europe's top human rights court rules that Muslim parents in Switzerland cannot refuse to send their daughters to mixed school-run swimming lessons.

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Iran mourns "a great man of the revolution"

Iran has begun three days of national mourning following the death of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani.

Iran has begun three days of national mourning following the death of former President Hashemi Rafsanjani.

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Epiphany is celebrated with services, traditions and a joke

The Vatican Pope Francis celebrated Epiphany with a joke about camels and the more serious offer of food for some 300 homeless people.

The Vatican Pope Francis celebrated Epiphany with a joke about camels and the more serious offer of food for some 300 homeless people.

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Pope comforts survivors of Italy's earthquakes

During an audience of 800, the Pope listened attentively to survivor accounts and promised a fresh visit, as the region continues to be battered by aftershocks

During an audience of 800, the Pope listened attentively to survivor accounts and promised a fresh visit, as the region continues to be battered by aftershocks

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Nuns have fun on YouTube

The savvy Belgian Benedictine sisters have launched their own channel and it is already proving to be a holy hit.

The savvy Belgian Benedictine sisters have launched their own channel and it is already proving to be a holy hit.

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A beginner's guide to the "Kalachakra" ceremonies

The Dalai Lama has officially launched 13 days of ceremonies and rituals known as the Kalachakra Initiation in Bodh Gaya in India

The Dalai Lama has officially launched 13 days of ceremonies and rituals known as the Kalachakra Initiation in Bodh Gaya in India

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Was the Reina attack due to a clash of lifestyles?

In Turkey, lifestyle differences are being touted as a motivation for Saturday's massacre in a nightclub in Istanbul.

In Turkey, lifestyle differences are being touted as a motivation for Saturday's massacre in a nightclub in Istanbul.

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Opinion: a brief history of so-called Islamic State (ISIL)

For two months, the international coalition in Iraq has battled to reclaim the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State (ISIL).

For two months, the international coalition in Iraq has battled to reclaim the city of Mosul from so-called Islamic State (ISIL).

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Circus delights Pope Francis at Vatican

Pope Francis’s weekly general audience took a rather quirky turn on Wednesday December 28 when a circus was unleashed on the Vatican.

Pope Francis’s weekly general audience took a rather quirky turn on Wednesday December 28 when a circus was unleashed on the Vatican.

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Berlin's Jewish community pays tribute to lorry attack victims

The son of an Israeli woman who was killed in last week’s deadly lorry attack in Berlin has lit a giant menorah at the city’s Brandenburg Gate during a ceremony to remember…

The son of an Israeli woman who was killed in last week’s deadly lorry attack in Berlin has lit a giant menorah at the city’s Brandenburg Gate during a ceremony to remember…

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Pope Francis honours persecuted Middle East Christians

On the feast of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr, Pope Francis paid tribute to Christians in the Middle East who have clung to their faith during persecution by Islamist…

On the feast of St Stephen, the first Christian martyr, Pope Francis paid tribute to Christians in the Middle East who have clung to their faith during persecution by Islamist…

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Bethlehem celebrates Christmas

Tourists from around the world join locals to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, the town where Christians say Jesus was born.

Tourists from around the world join locals to celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, the town where Christians say Jesus was born.

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Christmas Eve crowds flock to Bethlehem

Christian pilgrims from around the world have been gathering this Christmas Eve in Bethlehem – revered as the birthplace of Jesus.

Christian pilgrims from around the world have been gathering this Christmas Eve in Bethlehem – revered as the birthplace of Jesus.