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Leaks reveal 'corruption and power struggles' inside the Vatican

It's been called the "Vatileaks" affair. Leaked documents, stolen straight from the top of the Vatican hierarchy and given to the media, have exposed alleged corruption, power struggles and nepotism at the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. The Pope's own butler, Paolo Gabriele, was arrested in connection with the scandal last week. But the Italian press is far from convinced that he's the only man involved.

By Kate WILLIAMS , Aurore Cloe DUPUIS

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2014-08-21 USA

Republicans block Obama's bid to hike minimum wage

Raising the minimum wage remains a key point of contention in the US. President Obama wants to bring it up to $10.10. It might seem like a win win situation: earn more, spend...

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2014-08-19 Gaza Strip

Israel's minorities and military service

We look at how Israel's religious minorities feel about military service. At the end of last month - three weeks after the latest conflict with militants in Gaza started - Israel...

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2014-08-20 tourism

Spain's El Hierro to become world's first self-powered island

Spain's Canary Isles are a popular tourist destination offering year-round sun, sea and sand. But they could be about to gain a new string to their bow as a sustainable energy...

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2014-08-18 religion

South Korea: The Catholic Church's Asian Tiger

We head to South Korea, where Pope Francis has just wrapped up a five-day visit. A pope hadn't set foot in the country for a quarter of a century. Yet Catholicism is thriving in...

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2014-08-15 Thailand

Buddhism: Growing number of Westerners seek out spiritual retreat

Buddhism, which originated some 2,500 years ago in South Asia, is attracting more followers every day. Now even a growing number of Westerners are giving up their worldly...

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