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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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2017-04-28 Middle East

Egypt's Coptic Christians targeted by Islamic State group

The Pope's visit to Egypt comes at a particularly tense time for the country's Coptic Christians, who are regularly targeted by the Islamic State group. Based in North Sinai, the...

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2017-04-27 Asia-pacific

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2017-04-26 Europe

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2017-04-25 Americas

Southern Border Plan: Mexico's own fight against illegal immigration

With his promise to build a wall between the US and Mexico, Donald Trump has made combatting illegal immigration a pillar of his presidency. But Mexico is already the US's firm...

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2017-04-21 France

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