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Pope Francis in Central Africa

Pope Francis has been brave in his visit to the Central African Republic where there were many security concerns. He has made an appeal to peace and has talked about forgiveness and reconciliation and the power of prayer to people who have suffered the horrors of war and violence. He celebrated an advance of the […]

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Creepy Risk

The first advice I got when I arrived was: don’t step on the dirt, only the asphalt or the concrete. the place had been sown with landmines and nobody on my side of the city had the map of where those lethal devices were placed. Take a shortcut to go from one place to another was a creepy risk. Today thousands of refugees risk their lives fleeing from the war in Syria, crossing the Mediterranean, trying to reach Germany.

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More than 3 million Syrian refugees

The UN refugee agency says that Syrians have become the second largest refugee population in the world after the Palestinians, overtaking Afghans, who had held that place for more than three decades. According to a report about the situation on mid year 2014, there were more than 3 million Syrian refugees in June which represents […]

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Obama and the end of the war in Afghanistan

“The Longest war in American history is coming to a responsible cosnclusion”, said US president Barack Obama in a statement on Afghanistan. The statement was released after a ceremony in Kabul marking the end of the NATO combat operations there. A milestone for the US, according to Obama.

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The Pope and the Middle East

Pope Francis appealed repeatedly to peace in the Middle East during his visit to the Holy Land in reference to the Syrian war and the Israel-Palestinian conflict. He made an unscheduled stop at the separation wall near Bethlehem to pray there and invited the presidents of Israel and Palestine to go to the Vatican to pray together for peace with him.

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Link: 33.3 million people displaced by war last year

Conflict and violence uprooted a record 33.3 million people within their countries last year, according to a new United Nations-backed report released today, which adds that 63 per cent of them are in five countries – Syria, Colombia, Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan, the UN news services informs.

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Pope Francis calls for fraternity and peace, denounces corruption

Pope Francis published his first Message for the World Day of Peace dedicated to fraternity as foundation and pathway to peace. He sees fraternity as a prerequisite for fighting poverty, a way to extinguish war and to cultivate nature to fight the scandal of hunger, but he sees it threatened by selfishness corruption and organised crime.

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A date for the peace conference on Syria

Finally the long-delayed peace talks on Syria have a date, according to Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi. He said on Sunday international envoy Lakhdar Brahimi informed him that the talks will convene on November 23. Since may, when the conference was announced the situation has changed dramatically.

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Inspections, religion and starvation in Syria

A cleric in the area around the Syrian capital Damascus that is under siege had issued a religious ruling allowing the eating of dogs and cats due to the hunger and severe malnutrition that have caused the death of several children.

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Five years blogging!

Five years blogging from this spot! Since my first post about the US presidential campaign, the first one for Obama, to this day, hundreds of stories have found a place in this blog. Comments, links, selected news about topics I considered interesting and I hope my readers and followers too.

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