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Islamists attack French church, slit priest's throat

SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France Knife-wielding attackers interrupted a French church service, forced the priest to his knees and slit his throat on Tuesday, a murder made even more shocking as one of the assailants was a known would-be jihadist under supposedly tight surveillance. | Video

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Knife attacker in Japan moved from jail to see prosecutors: NHK

TOKYO A Japanese man accused of breaking into a facility for the disabled in a small town near Tokyo before stabbing and killing 19 patients was taken from a regional jail to see prosecutors on Wednesday, footage on public broadcaster NHK showed.

Japan, 7:52pm EDT

Venezuela government aims to sink Maduro recall, opposition protests

CARACAS Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro's socialist government sought on Tuesday to scupper a push by the opposition to oust him this year via a referendum, while his opponents called for protests.

9:04pm EDT

Malaysia's Najib gets new powers amid planned protests over fund scandal

KUALA LUMPUR Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak will get sweeping security powers on Monday amid planned protests calling for his resignation over U.S. allegations that millions of dollars from a state fund wound up in his personal bank account.

7:07pm EDT

Pope's trip to Poland overshadowed by killing of priest in France

KRAKOW, Poland Pope Francis will start his first trip to Poland on Wednesday to preside at an international Catholic youth jamboree, a usually joyous event that has been dampened by the murder of a Catholic priest in France.

Pope 6:10pm EDT

Mali arrests leader of Islamist group linked to deadly attack on troops

BAMAKO Malian forces arrested a regional leader of Islamist group Ansar Dine in central Mali on Tuesday, after it claimed an attack in the region that killed 17 soldiers, the army spokesman said.

United Nations, Africa, Mali 7:32pm EDT

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