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Latest update : 2012-09-17

Pope Benedict XVI visits Lebanese Christians

It's uncertain whether Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Lebanon will succeed in reassuring Lebanese Christians about their future. Declining demographically and divided politically, the community has been shaken by the Syrian crisis. Many see Bashar al-Assad as the protector of Syria's minorities - the Alawites, the Christians and the Druze - in the face of a Sunni majority. But all recall the suffering of Christians in Egypt and Iraq and fear for the fate of the region's Christians if Assad goes.

By Selim EL MEDDEB , Lucy FIELDER

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2017-05-23 Asia-pacific

A lifeline for women facing domestic violence in Pakistan

In Pakistan, the government of Punjab province has announced it will open 36 centres to protect women who are victims of violence. It's a first in a country considered to be one...

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2017-05-22 health

'Healing viruses' offer hope in fight against 'superbugs'

Antibiotic resistance is fast becoming a crucial global health problem. It occurs when bacteria evolve and transform into superbugs, which are resistant to existing antibiotics....

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2017-05-19 Asia-pacific

India's ambitious plan to get its rail network back on track

Stretching over 70,000 miles, India boasts one of the largest rail networks in the world. But it's also the deadliest. Thousands of people die every year in train accidents in...

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2017-05-18 Middle East

Video: Social inequality on the rise in Tehran

More than 56 million Iranians are eligible to vote in Friday's presidential election. Four candidates are vying for the top job, including incumbent Hassan Rouhani and hardliner...

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2017-05-17 Europe

Spain: 'Stolen babies' scandal finally goes to trial

In Spain, tens of thousands of babies were stolen from their parents under the Franco dictatorship and as late as the 1990s. The infants were sold to people who had difficulty...

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