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#France targets #Syria recruits with new law

France plans to ban citizens suspected of links to armed groups from leaving the country in a new bill aimed at strengthening "anti-terrorist" legislation.

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#France: Differences emerge over #Iran talks

France's foreign minister has said that differences in approach between some of the world powers and Russia had appeared in the last few days during negotiations over Iran's nuclear programme.

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#Ukraine signals offensive as rebels regroup

Ukraine's government has signalled its intention to press on with military operation, as pro-Russian rebels try to regroup after losing their stronghold.

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Pope begs forgiveness of abuse victims

Pope Francis has begged for forgiveness in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and gone further than any of his predecessors by vowing to hold bishops accountable for their handling of paedophile priests.

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Scientists criticise EU's Human Brain Project

Almost 200 neuro-scientists are protesting Europe's $1.6bn attempt to recreate the functioning of the human brain on supercomputers, fearing it will waste vast amounts of money and harm neuroscience in general.

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Former Georgian president Shevardnadze dies

Eduard Shevardnadze, a former president of Georgia and Soviet foreign minister, died after a long struggle with illness, his personal assistant said.

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Pope Francis meets abuse victims at #Vatican

Pope Francis has met with victims of paedophile priests for the first time, as a Vatican commission moves to address the problem of clerical sex abuse in developing countries.

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Recapture of Ukrainian city 'a turning point'

Ukraine's president has called the capture of the Pro-Russian separatist stronghold of Slovyansk a "turning point" in the fight for control of the country's east.

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#Ukraine rebels regroup in Donetsk

Pro-Russian fighters have converged on the major industrial city of Donetsk, a day after they were driven out of their key stronghold in eastern Ukraine.

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Pope calls destruction of nature a modern sin

Pope Francis has called for more respect for nature, branding the destruction of South America's rain forests and other forms of environmental exploitation a sin of modern times.

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