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Vatican beatifies over 500 ‘martyrs of the faith’ killed during Spanish civil war

Mass beatification attended by 25,000 despite calls for pope to cancel event over church’s support for General Francisco Franco Priests arrive for the beatification ceremony of 522 priests, monks, nuns and Catholic laymen killed during the Spanish Civil War. Photograph: Jaume Sellart/EPA The Vatican on Sunday beatified more than 500 “martyrs of the faith” who were killed during the Spanish ...

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Vettel wins Japanese GP, not F1 title yet

SUZUKA, Japan — Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday but will have to wait to seal a fourth-straight Formula One title as nearest rival Fernando Alonso finished fourth. Vettel surged into the lead on the 41st lap and led a Red Bull one-two ahead of teammate Mark Webber by 7.1 seconds. Webber, who started ...

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Vettel wins Japanese GP, not F1 title yet

SUZUKA, Japan — Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Japanese Grand Prix on Sunday but will have to wait to seal a fourth-straight Formula One title as nearest rival Fernando Alonso finished fourth. Vettel surged into the lead on the 41st lap and led a Red Bull one-two ahead of teammate Mark Webber by 7.1 seconds. Webber, who started ...

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Migrant tragedies sharpen calls for safe passage

Three deadly Mediterranean shipwrecks that claimed the lives of hundreds of would-be asylum-seekers fleeing war and repression sharpened calls Saturday for humanitarian corridors to allow safe passage to Europe. At least 34 people drowned in Maltese waters south of the Italian island of Lampedusa when a boat packed with hundreds of Syrians and Palestinians capsized on Friday, the same day ...

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Migrant tragedies sharpen calls for safe passage

Three deadly Mediterranean shipwrecks that claimed the lives of hundreds of would-be asylum-seekers fleeing war and repression sharpened calls Saturday for humanitarian corridors to allow safe passage to Europe. At least 34 people drowned in Maltese waters south of the Italian island of Lampedusa when a boat packed with hundreds of Syrians and Palestinians capsized on Friday, the same day ...

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Nigeria urged to reduce child marriages

Child marriage – defined as a marital union with a person under the age of 18 – affects more girls in Nigeria than in all the countries of West Africa combined, according to a recent Ford Foundation study that assesses child marriage in the region’s sixteen countries. Though it is technically unlawful in Nigeria, girls in some regions are sometimes ...

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Nigeria urged to reduce child marriages

Child marriage – defined as a marital union with a person under the age of 18 – affects more girls in Nigeria than in all the countries of West Africa combined, according to a recent Ford Foundation study that assesses child marriage in the region’s sixteen countries. Though it is technically unlawful in Nigeria, girls in some regions are sometimes ...

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Cyclone Phailin: 500,000 homes evacuated as storm pounds India

Mass evacuation of towns and villages on India’s eastern coast limits death toll as 135mph winds force huge waves inland A man salvages a table stuck in uprooted trees fallen during cyclone Phailin on a road in Berhampur, India. Photograph: Bikas Das/AP Towns and villages have been flooded and thousands of homes destroyed after a super-cyclone crashed ashore in eastern ...

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Cyclone Phailin: 500,000 homes evacuated as storm pounds India

Mass evacuation of towns and villages on India’s eastern coast limits death toll as 135mph winds force huge waves inland A man salvages a table stuck in uprooted trees fallen during cyclone Phailin on a road in Berhampur, India. Photograph: Bikas Das/AP Towns and villages have been flooded and thousands of homes destroyed after a super-cyclone crashed ashore in eastern ...

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U.S., Afghanistan concur with outlines of post-2014 security

KABUL, Afghanistan — The United States and Afghanistan agreed Saturday on a draft deal that would keep some U.S. forces in Afghanistan past next year, but only if Afghan political and tribal leaders agree to a key U.S. demand that American troops not be subject to Afghan law, Secretary of State John Kerry said. Afghan President Hamid Karzai said the ...

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