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Pope in historic talks with Grand Imam of Al-Azhar

Unexpected meeting between Francis and Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb followed easing of tensions during reign of Benedict.

Pope Francis has met Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb

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Austria presidential election too close to call

Postal ballots will determine whether anti-immigration candidate will become EU's first far-right head of state.

Read more: Austria presidential election too close to call

   

Austria may elect EU's first far-right head of state

The European Union could see its first far-right president if Norbert Hofer wins a second round run-off.

Read more: Austria may elect EU's first far-right head of state

   

Paris attacks suspect refuses to speak at hearing

Salah Abdeslam, last known survivor of team accused of November attacks, invokes right to silence in French court.

Read more: Paris attacks suspect refuses to speak at hearing

   

France to host Middle East peace conference

Talks to take place without Israeli and Palestinian participation which France believes will ease negotiations later.

Read more: France to host Middle East peace conference

   

Police in France denounce 'anti-cop hatred'

Police car set alight with two officers inside in Paris during protest by force to decry violence directed at it.

Read more: Police in France denounce 'anti-cop hatred'

   

Chinese most welcoming to refugees, Russians least

New 27-nation index by Amnesty International ranks how welcoming people are to those fleeing war and persecution.

refugees

Read more: Chinese most welcoming to refugees, Russians least

   

Strikes continue against French labour law changes

Unions say 55,000 people took part in marches opposing overhaul that government says is needed to boost the economy.

Read more: Strikes continue against French labour law changes

   

Russia's Cossacks assault Putin critic Alexei Navalny

Alexei Navalny accuses police of inaction after social media video shows him and fellow activists coming under attack.

Read more: Russia's Cossacks assault Putin critic Alexei Navalny

   

South Korea's Han Kang wins Booker International prize

Han Kang's allegorical tale wins literary prize, which for the first time will be split evenly with the translator.

Read more: South Korea's Han Kang wins Booker International prize

   

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