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Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address
Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address

Pope Francis roundly condemned jihadist violence and the "brutal persecution" of religious minorities in a Christmas message.

Pope condemns religious persecution in Christmas address
Pope Francis. ©REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pope calls for greater empathy in Christmas Eve mass

Pope Francis urged people to have greater empathy towards family and friends with problems in his Christmas Eve mass.

Pope calls for greater empathy in Christmas Eve mass
Pope leads global praise for 'historic' US-Cuba rapprochement
Pope leads global praise for 'historic' US-Cuba rapprochement

Pope Francis led a chorus of global plaudits for breakthrough in US-Cuban relations, hailed as "historic" in Europe and South America.

Pope leads global praise for 'historic' US-Cuba rapprochement
China's mountain hermits seek a highway to heaven
China's mountain hermits seek a highway to heaven

His unheated hut is half way up a mountain with no electricity, and his diet consists mostly of cabbage. But Master Hou says he has found a recipe for joy.

China's mountain hermits seek a highway to heaven
Pope calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Islamist terror
Pope calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Islamist terror

Pope Francis urged Muslim leaders worldwide to "clearly" condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam.

Pope calls on Muslim leaders to condemn Islamist terror
On Turkey trip, Pope to reach out to Islamic world
On Turkey trip, Pope to reach out to Islamic world

Pope Francis heads to Turkey with a brief to use his populist touch to rebuild bridges with the Islamic world that were damaged by his predecessor Benedict XVI.

On Turkey trip, Pope to reach out to Islamic world
Pope heads to Strasbourg to reinvigorate 'tired' Europe
Pope heads to Strasbourg to reinvigorate 'tired' Europe

Pope Francis heads to Strasbourg for a lightning visit to the European Parliament, where he hopes to help reinvigorate a "tired" Europe.

Pope heads to Strasbourg to reinvigorate 'tired' Europe
The Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmet Yasawi. Photo courtesy of khabar.kz
Kazakh professor asks Nazarbayev to protect a Sufi mausoleum from religious fanatics

A professor from Gumilyov Eurasian National University has asked President Nursultan Nazarbayev to protect the Mausoleum of famous Sufi scholar located at the territory for Kazakhstan from religious fanatics.

Kazakh professor asks Nazarbayev to protect a Sufi mausoleum from religious fanatics
UK's Prince Charles warns of persecution of Christians
UK's Prince Charles warns of persecution of Christians

Britain's Prince Charles warned of a threat to Christians in the Middle East and urged the need for compassion between different faiths.

UK's Prince Charles warns of persecution of Christians
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Headscarf ban in West Kazakhstan prevents girl from entering school

A six-year old girl in West Kazakhstan cannot go to school because of the ban on headwear in the school's charter. Parents of the girl filed a lawsuit citing the Constitution but lost. They are going to appeal.

Headscarf ban in West Kazakhstan prevents girl from entering school
Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision
Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision

Activists lashed out at the Catholic Church's failure at a major synod to open its doors to gay people, but praised for getting bishops to confront "taboos."

Criticism, praise follows Catholic Church's gays decision
Pope faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays
Pope faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays

Pope Francis was set to sort his allies from his enemies with a Vatican vote on a document drafted opening the Catholic Church's doors to remarried divorcees and gays.

Pope faces key test with vote on divorcees, gays
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Clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa ahead of Jewish holiday

Dozens of Palestinians protested against Jews visiting the flashpoint holy site ahead of a religious feast.

Clashes at Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa ahead of Jewish holiday
Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj
Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj

Two million Muslim pilgrims begin leaving the holy city of Mecca, concluding the annual hajj during which Saudi leaders lashed out at Islamic extremism.

Two million Muslim pilgrims ending annual hajj
President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev © akorda.kz
Nursultan Nazarbayev congratules Kazakhstanis on Kurban Ait holiday

Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev has congratulated the people of Kazakhstan on the Kurban Ait holiday.

Nursultan Nazarbayev congratules Kazakhstanis on Kurban Ait holiday
Ebola casts heavy shadow over Sierra Leone's Eid celebrations
Ebola casts heavy shadow over Sierra Leone's Eid celebrations

Don't pray too close to each other, observe strict hygiene rules and don't shake the imam's hand. For Muslims in Ebola-hit Sierra Leone, this was an Eid festival.

Ebola casts heavy shadow over Sierra Leone's Eid celebrations
Tears, prayers as 2 million Muslims mark peak of hajj
Tears, prayers as 2 million Muslims mark peak of hajj

Tears flowed and prayers filled the air as the annual Muslim hajj pilgrimage by almost two million believers from around the world reached its zenith.

Tears, prayers as 2 million Muslims mark peak of hajj
Pope braced for marriage clash as world's bishops meet
Pope braced for marriage clash as world's bishops meet

Nice-guy Pope Francis looks set to have his mettle tested by his first mutiny in the ranks this weekend at a Catholic meeting.

Pope braced for marriage clash as world's bishops meet
Josef Wesolowski ©Dziennikzwiazkowy.com
Vatican's ex-ambassador to Kazakhstan stores thousands of child porn photos and videos

Former Vatican ambassador to Kazakhstan Jozef Wesolowski has kept over a hundred thousand child porn photos and over a hundred child porn videos on his computer.

Vatican's ex-ambassador to Kazakhstan stores thousands of child porn photos and videos
Hard-line Myanmar monk to battle 'jihad threat'
Hard-line Myanmar monk to battle 'jihad threat'

A controversial Buddhist cleric from Myanmar announced he is linking up with hardline monks in Sri Lanka.

Hard-line Myanmar monk to battle 'jihad threat'