British Tibetan Monk 'assassinated' in China

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Civilians flee rebels re-taking Christian town of Maaloula in Syria civil war

Rebels led by al-Qa’ida-linked fighters gained control of a Christian town north-east of the capital, Damascus, Syrian activists said on Sunday, while government media continued to claim that regime forces were winning.

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Egypt: Supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi turn on Christians in angry backlash

Scores killed and many wounded as Coptic churches and properties are hit by violent mobs

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Greek monks defy eviction with Molotov cocktails

Monks refusing to obey an eviction order hurled Molotov cocktails at bailiffs who were trying to bulldoze their way into a monastic sanctuary in Mount Athos, northern Greece on Monday morning.

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Radu Vasile, who died of colon cancer on 3 June, was a former Romanian prime minister who helped pave the way for his country's accession to the European Union but was finally brought down by political feuding and protests against economic reforms he struggled to implement.

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Trappist brewery under threat from expansion of limestone quarry

Plans will cut water supply to abbey where Belgian monks brew prized Rochefort ale

The high life: Private-jet flying, aviator-wearing Buddhist monks captured on video

A group of Buddhist monks have become the subject of complaints after videos of them on a private jet, wearing aviators and listening to personal headphones emerged on Youtube.

Mysterious ways: The Latin chants of French Benedictine monks at prayer can now be enjoyed on the internet

Monks of Le Barroux go live: Matins at dawn - it's iChants for early risers

French Benedictine abbey streams its daily round of Latin liturgy to a worldwide audience

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Summer Guide 2013: Treks

Get in the saddle of a heavy horse at the only riding establishment in the UK specialising in these magnificent beasts. Cumbrian Heavy Horses (01229 777764; cumbrianheavyhorses.com), near Millom, is offering a new three-day ride around the central Lake District on its Clydesdale, Shire and Ardennes breeds this summer. The trek passes through the

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A former Jesuit priest has denied that he and a colleague were imprisoned by Argentina’s military junta in 1976 after being denounced by the order’s then leader, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, who is now Pope Francis.

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Pope Francis defended against allegations of collusion with Argentine junta by alleged victim

Jesuit priest emphatically denies being denounced by Jorge Mario Bergoglio

Thousands attend Pope Benedict XVI's blessing

Pope Benedict XVI blessed the faithful from his window overlooking St Peter's Square for the first time since announcing his resignation, cheered by an emotional crowd of tens of thousands of well-wishers from around the world.

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