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Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate

An angry debate over a ban on burkinis in France was further stoked by images of a veiled woman surrounded by police on a beach in Nice.

Viral photos add fuel to French burkini debate
China willing to reach 'understanding' with Vatican
China willing to reach 'understanding' with Vatican

The head of the Catholic Church in Hong Kong has said the Chinese government is willing to reach an understanding with the Vatican.

China willing to reach 'understanding' with Vatican
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Kazakhstan says all gunmen behind attacks arrested

Kazakhstan had detained all the remaining gunmen involved in a series of shooting attacks last week that killed seven people.

Kazakhstan says all gunmen behind attacks arrested
Security Committee Chairman Vladimir Zhumakanov (L) and President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©akorda.kz
Kazakh president says deadly attacks organised 'from abroad'

Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev said the perpetrators of deadly attacks in Aktobe city were acting on instructions from abroad.

Kazakh president says deadly attacks organised 'from abroad'
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Kazakh president orders 'strictest punishment' over deadly attacks

President Nursultan Nazarbayev on Wednesday demanded 'the strictest punishment' to the perpetrators of deadly attacks in Aktobe city.

Kazakh president orders 'strictest punishment' over deadly attacks
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13 killed in Kazakh 'anti-terror' raid after shootings

Police in Kazakhstan said Tuesday they had killed 13 suspects in an anti-terror operation following deadly weekend attacks.

13 killed in Kazakh 'anti-terror' raid after shootings
Police in Aktobe. ©Tengrinews
Kazakhstan manhunt after 'terror' shootings kill six: police

Police in Kazakhstan were hunting for up to seven gunmen on Monday after a series of terror attacks that killed six people.

Kazakhstan manhunt after 'terror' shootings kill six: police
Pallada gun shop after the June 5 attack in Aktobe, Kazakhstan. Photo from social networks.
'Religious extremists' kill six in Kazakhstan rampage

Armed men suspected of being religious extremists went on the rampage in a town in Kazakhstan.

'Religious extremists' kill six in Kazakhstan rampage
Revenge, despair pushing Syrians into jihadist ranks: study
Revenge, despair pushing Syrians into jihadist ranks: study

Economic concerns and the desire for a sense of purpose and revenge are the major factors pushing young Syrians into the arms of jihadist groups, a study released on Wednesday found.

Revenge, despair pushing Syrians into jihadist ranks: study
California Muslims sue over hijab discrimination
California Muslims sue over hijab discrimination

Two lawsuits filed in California on Monday claim that Muslim women were discriminated against in separate incidents because of their religion and for wearing the hijab.

California Muslims sue over hijab discrimination
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Saudi orders 'kinder, gentler' religious police

Saudi Arabia has stripped its frequently criticised religious police of their powers to arrest, urging them to act "kindly and gently" in enforcing Islamic rules.

Saudi orders 'kinder, gentler' religious police
Lucky Thai dolls 'non-human' says aviation authority
Lucky Thai dolls 'non-human' says aviation authority

Thailand's air safety body warned passengers that lucky 'child angel' dolls cannot be considered real people and must be properly stowed.

Lucky Thai dolls 'non-human' says aviation authority
70,000 sign petition to ban Trump from Britian
70,000 sign petition to ban Trump from Britian

Over 70,000 people sign a petition to ban Donald Trump from entering Britain after his call to bar Muslims from entering the United States.

70,000 sign petition to ban Trump from Britian
Pope opens 'Holy Door' in Bangui ahead of Catholic Jubilee year
Pope opens 'Holy Door' in Bangui ahead of Catholic Jubilee year

Pope Francis made a highly symbolic gesture by opening a "Holy Door" at Bangui Cathedral in the Central African Republic ahead of the start of a Catholic Jubilee Year.

Pope opens 'Holy Door' in Bangui ahead of Catholic Jubilee year
Pope hails Africa as 'continent of hope'
Pope hails Africa as 'continent of hope'

Pope Francis hailed Africa as "a continent of hope" as he toured Uganda on the second leg of a landmark trip that has seen him railing against corruption and poverty.

Pope hails Africa as 'continent of hope'
French Muslim body to create 'licence to preach' for imams
French Muslim body to create 'licence to preach' for imams

France's leading Muslim body said it would create a permit to preach for imams in a bid to root out extremists, as well as a new religious body to fight back against jihadist propaganda.

French Muslim body to create 'licence to preach' for imams
Pope deplores Vatican leaks, vows to continue reforms
Pope deplores Vatican leaks, vows to continue reforms

Pope Francis pledged to forge ahead with reforms within the Church, while decrying "deplorable" leaks over uncontrolled spending by the Vatican.

Pope deplores Vatican leaks, vows to continue reforms
Pope issues 'extraordinary' apology over scandals
Pope issues 'extraordinary' apology over scandals

Pope Francis offered a surprise public apology from the Catholic Church for a series of scandals which have shaken the city of Rome and the Vatican, from gay sex to drug use.

Pope issues 'extraordinary' apology over scandals
Pope deplores 'escalation of violence' in MidEast, urges action
Pope deplores 'escalation of violence' in MidEast, urges action

Pope Francis deplored the "escalation of violence affecting innocent civilians" in the Middle East, from Syria to Iraq, Jerusalem and the West Bank, and urged the international community to act.

Pope deplores 'escalation of violence' in MidEast, urges action
Pope wraps up US tour with giant open-air mass
Pope wraps up US tour with giant open-air mass

Pope Francis celebrated a giant outdoor mass in Philadelphia, bringing to a close an electrifying US tour with an appeal for unity and family love, having met victims of church sex abuse.

Pope wraps up US tour with giant open-air mass