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Niger stages historic elections despite jihadist attacks

Voters went to the polls in Niger on Sunday for an election that could seal a first peaceful handover between elected presidents, against the backdrop of a bloody jihadist insurgency. The West African country, unstable since gaining independence from France 60 years ago, is ranked the world’s poorest country according to the UN’s Human Development
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Pope set to decide on special exception to priestly celibacy rule

Pope lauds Mozambique bishop slammed for helping insurgency victims

Pope Francis on Wednesday called the bishop of Mozambique’s city of Pemba, capital of the insurgency-hit Cabo Delgado province, to express support for his assistance to victims of recent violence, the bishop said. Government supporters last week accused Bishop Luiz Fernando Lisboa — a Brazilian national who heads the Muslim-majority province’s Catholic Church — of
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