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Second French church attacker was known to police: source

PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France The second teenager involved in the killing of a priest in a church in France this week was a 19-year-old who was known to security services as a potential Islamist militant, police and judicial sources said on Thursday. | Video

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Dead Bangladesh-American suspect was friend of cafe attacker: police

DHAKA One of nine suspected militants killed in a police raid in Bangladesh this week was a Bangladeshi-American who was a friend of one of the gunmen who attacked a cafe on July 1 killing 22 people, police said on Thursday.

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Syrian pro-government forces 'widely using' cluster bombs: HRW

BEIRUT The Russian-backed Syrian government's air campaign against rebels is widely using cluster munitions, banned by more than 100 countries because of their indiscriminate nature, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Thursday.

German police raid mosque and apartments in crackdown on Salafists

BERLIN German police have searched a mosque and eight apartments in Hildesheim that are believed to be a hotbed of a radical Salafist community, the interior minister of the northern state of Lower Saxony said on Thursday.

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Pope thanks Poles for clinging to faith in difficult times

CZESTOCHOWA, Poland Pope Francis prayed on Thursday before Poland's holiest icon - the Black Madonna of Jasna Gora - and said outdoor Mass for a congregation numbering in the tens of thousands, thanking Poles for holding on to their faith in difficult times.

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Home flight simulator in MH370 captain's home plotted Indian Ocean course: JACC

SYDNEY A home flight simulator owned by the pilot of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 was used to plot a course to the southern Indian Ocean where the aircraft is believed to have gone missing, the Australian agency in charge of the search said on Thursday.

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