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The Vatican's ambassador to Iraq Mitja Leskovar has been travelling across the country in recent weeks to prepare for the pope's ambitious visit.

Clashes between Iraqi security forces and anti-government demonstrators in the city of Nasiriyah left four protesters dead.

Myanmar police fire rubber bullets at anti-coup protesters

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Myanmar police fire rubber bullets at anti-coup protesters

Witnesses said police in the capital fired rubber bullets at demonstrators defying a military ban on rallies, as protests erupted for a fourth straight day against last week's coup.

Pope hails dialogue ahead of meeting with Iraq cleric

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Pope hails dialogue ahead of meeting with Iraq cleric

The March 5-8 visit - the first ever by a pope - will include stops in Baghdad, Najaf, Nasiriya, Erbil, Mosul and Qaraqosh.

Pope voices 'solidarity with people of Myanmar'

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Pope voices 'solidarity with people of Myanmar'

"I pray that those in power in the country will work... towards the common good."

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Pope, Muslim leader celebrate fraternity anniversary

Pope Francis and Sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyeb discussed a high-level commission to spread a greater mutual understanding and solidarity.

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Pope to meet Shiite cleric Sistani on Iraq visit

Pope Francis will meet with a Shiite cleric during his visit to Iraq.

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Libya oil output makes high-stake but fragile return

Libya has increased its oil production tenfold, but this is still below the levels of the Gaddafi era, experts say.

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IS claims Baghdad twin bombing that killed 32

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a twin suicide bombing that killed 32 people and wounded 110 in Iraq's capital Baghdad.

World leaders congratulate US President Biden

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World leaders congratulate US President Biden

World leaders extended their congratulations to US President Joe Biden.

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Hunt for buried survivors after Indonesia quake

At least 46 people were killed when an earthquake hit Indonesia's Sulawesi island on Friday.

Pope <em>Francis</em>, ex-pope Benedict get coronavirus vaccines: Vatican

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Pope Francis, ex-pope Benedict get coronavirus vaccines: Vatican

Pope Francis and his predecessor, former pope Benedict XVI, have received the Covid-19 vaccine

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

Sofia Nitti

Iraqi Christians face an uphill battle for survival

In-depth: There are hopes that Pope Francis' historic visit could be a turning point for Iraqi Christians, a community ravaged by war ...

Pope: Pray for children in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

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Pope: Pray for children in Syria, Iraq and Yemen

Pope Francis touched on the plight of children caught up by war, singling out victims in Syria, Yemen and Iraq in his Christmas speech.

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Pope hopes to visit South Sudan, Lebanon

Pope Francis told the countries' leaders to do more to bring peace and stability to their nations.

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Coronavirus dampens Christmas joy in Bethlehem and elsewhere

Coronavirus restrictions are keeping away the thousands of visitors who usually celebrate Christmas in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.

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Christmas tree in Baghdad to celebrate diversity

Three years after the defeat of the Islamic State and to celebrate religious diversity in Iraq, a huge Christmas tree has been erected in ...

Khadija Mohsen-Finan

Morocco's normalisation trade-off: Western Sahara for Palestine

Comment: In exchange for recognition of Israel, the US has provided Morocco the opportunity to realize two of its longstanding ambitions. But ...

Pope plans first historic Iraq trip in March

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Pope plans first historic Iraq trip in March

The Vatican on Monday confirmed Pope Francis is scheduled to make the first ever trip by a pontiff to Iraq in March.

Dario Sabaghi

Haftar's capture of Italian fishermen sparks diplomatic storm

In-depth: Haftar's forces have detained a crew of Sicilian fishermen for over 90 days, igniting a diplomatic stand-off with Italy.

Pope says for first time that Uighurs are 'persecuted'

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Pope says for first time that Uighurs are 'persecuted'

In a new book, the Pope acknowledged China's Uighurs as a 'persecuted' people, a claim the Chinese FM dismissed as 'groundless'.

The Arab American Republicans voting for Trump

Yousef H. Alshammari

The Arab American Republicans voting for Trump

In-depth: Over a third of Arab Americans polled say they prefer Donald Trump - an indication that many still gravitate towards the Republican ...

Italian appointed Catholic patriarch of Jerusalem

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Italian appointed Catholic patriarch of Jerusalem

Pope Francis has appointed an Italian priest as Latin patriarch of Jerusalem.

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