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Pope laments more Christians killed, persecuted

Pope Francis on Friday lamented what he said was an ever-increasing number of Christians being persecuted and killed around the world.

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Seven peacekeepers killed in east DRC

At least seven UN peacekeepers were killed in clashes with militias in an area that is at the centre of the Democratic Republic of Congo’s worst Ebola epidemic, United Nations and diplomatic sources said on Thursday.

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Some Mexico border residents reject migrant arrivals

Demonized by US President Donald Trump and exhausted after a harrowing journey, migrants from Central America in a caravan now face a new threat: open hostility from some Mexicans.

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Pentagon to cut troops in Africa

The US military will withdraw hundreds of troops focused on counterterrorism operations in Africa over the next several years to support the Pentagon’s increased focus on countering threats from China and Russia, officials said on Thursday.

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UN expert group leaves Hungary in row over migrant camp access

A United Nations team of rights experts cut short a trip to Hungary, saying it had been illegally denied access to camps where migrants are detained on the country's southern frontier.

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'Blood shouldn't be spilled during land processes'

The process of expropriating land without compensation should proceed without any blood being spilled, former president Jacob Zuma has said.

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SA's Zuma seeks to have corruption case scrapped

South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma on Friday lodged a court application to try to have quashed $2.5-billion corruption case linked to a 1990s arms deal, state prosecutors said.

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Loved ones mourn Khashoggi after Riyadh seeks to execute five suspects

Family and friends of Jamal Khashoggi said funeral prayers in Saudi Arabia and Turkey on Friday for the Saudi journalist killed by agents of his own government, in a case that has sparked a global outcry and mired the kingdom in crisis.

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Two DRC students shot dead

Two students died this week after being shot during protests at a university in Democratic Republic of Congo, and a police officer has been arrested, the city's police chief said Friday.

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Russia warns France over CAR peace role

Russia warned France on Thursday that it must put aside "parochial national interests" and recognise its peace efforts in the Central African Republic as negotiations continued on a contentious UN Security Council resolution.

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