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Ukraine peace talks in Belarus called off at the eleventh hour

Talks had been aimed at beefing up flimsy ceasefire

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Pope Francis kisses incense the unveiled baby Jesus during a Christmas Eve mass at St Peter's Basilica to mark the nativity of Jesus Christ, on 24 December, 2014

Pope Francis conducts Christmas Eve Mass, hours after comparing Iraqi refugees to Jesus

The Pope said Jesus was also forced to flee

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Italian police arrest 14 people to foil far-right terror plot

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Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

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