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After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba | Reuters

Feb 13, 2016

After 1,000-year split, pope and Russian patriarch embrace in Cuba | Reuters

HAVANA Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill embraced and kissed on Friday in a historic meeting, uniting to issue a global appeal for the protection of Christians under assault in the Middle East. Nearly 1,000 years after the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity split apart, the meeting at an airport terminal in Cuba was the first ever between a Roman Catholic pope and a Russian Orthodox patriarch. "In many countries of the Middle East and North Africa whole families, villages and cities of our brothers and sisters in Christ are being completely exterminated," they said in a joint declaration in apparent reference to violence by militant groups such as Islamic State. #India #Syria #Islam #France #Middle East #Italy #Mexico
Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce; Assad vows to fight on | Reuters

Feb 12, 2016

Russia keeps bombing despite Syria truce; Assad vows to fight on | Reuters

MUNICH/AMMAN Major powers agreed on Friday to a pause in combat in Syria, but Russia pressed on with its relentless bombing in support of its ally President Bashar al-Assad, who vowed to fight on until he regains full control of the country. Although billed as a potential breakthrough, the "cessation of hostilities" agreement does not take effect for a week, at a time when Assad's government is poised to win its biggest victory of the war with the backing of Russian air power. If implemented, the deal hammered out at five hours of late night talks in Munich would allow humanitarian aid to reach besieged towns #Syria #Islam #France #Turkey #crisis
School bus crashes with truck in France, six killed

Feb 11, 2016

School bus crashes with truck in France, six killed

At least six children were killed when a school minibus crashed into a truck in western France today, police said, a day after another road accident involving a school bus left two youngsters dead. #France #NewsTracker #Bus accident #school
Stricter hand to fight terror: Hollande wins confidence vote to change French Constitution

Feb 11, 2016

Stricter hand to fight terror: Hollande wins confidence vote to change French Constitution

The stakes were high for President Francois Hollande, who announced in the emotional aftermath of the shootings and suicide bombings that killed 130 people in Paris in November that he wanted to revise the constitution to toughen the fight against terror. #France #NewsTracker #François Hollande #Terror Attacks in Paris #French MPs
Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks | Reuters

Feb 10, 2016

Syrian rebels demand U.S. action ahead of peace talks | Reuters

LONDON/ONCUPINAR, Turkey Rebel groups urged U.S. President Barack Obama to do more to stop Russian bombing raids in Syria as pressure mounted on Washington ahead of a new round of peace talks this week. World powers are meeting in Germany on Thursday to try to revive the first effort in two years to negotiate an end to the war after it faltered in the starting blocks last week #United States #France #Russia #Europe #graphics
No feeling that there is strong commitment: France's outgoing minister Laurent Fabius slams US role in Syria

Feb 10, 2016

No feeling that there is strong commitment: France's outgoing minister Laurent Fabius slams US role in Syria

Laurent Fabius' remarks came as Syrian forces, backed by Russia and Iran, were besieging the divided northern city of Aleppo. #US #Syria #France #NewsTracker #Bashar al-Assad #Iraq #Aleppo #Laurent Fabius #Russians #islamic-state
Stade de France reopens for first time since Paris attacks | Reuters

Feb 06, 2016

Stade de France reopens for first time since Paris attacks | Reuters

PARIS Under tight security and in the presence of French President Francois Hollande, the Stade de France opened its gates on Saturday for the first time since the stadium was targeted in the deadly attacks which struck Paris in November. Around 64,000 rugby fans gathered to watch the Six Nations match between France and Italy at the country's biggest sports venue, situated in the Parisien suburb of Saint-Denis. Hollande had been rushed out of the stadium during an international soccer match on the evening of Nov #India #Business #France #Middle East #markets #Crime #opinion
Stade de France reopens for first time since Paris attacks | Reuters

Feb 06, 2016

Stade de France reopens for first time since Paris attacks | Reuters

PARIS Under tight security and in the presence of French President Francois Hollande, the Stade de France opened its gates on Saturday for the first time since the stadium was targeted in the deadly attacks which struck Paris in November. Around 64,000 rugby fans gathered to watch the Six Nations match between France and Italy at the country's biggest sports venue, situated in the Parisien suburb of Saint-Denis. Hollande had been rushed out of the stadium during an international soccer match on the evening of Nov. #India #France #Crime #Latin America #Entertainment
Turkey must cut migrant flows to Europe, top EU official says | Reuters

Feb 06, 2016

Turkey must cut migrant flows to Europe, top EU official says | Reuters

AMSTERDAM Europe needs Turkey to dramatically cut the number of migrants reaching Greece within weeks or the pressure for more border closures and fences will grow, the EU's top official in charge of ties with Ankara warned on Saturday. Frustrated that refugees continue to stream into Greece despite a Nov #Business #Syria #Technology #France #United Kingdom #opinion #article