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French government faces security criticisms after church attack

PARIS/SAINT-ETIENNE-DU-ROUVRAY, France France's government faced criticism of its security record on Wednesday in the wake of revelations that one of the assailants who slit the throat of a priest at a church altar was a known would-be jihadist under police surveillance. | Video

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Pope says Europe attacks show 'world at war', religion not to blame

KRAKOW, Poland Pope Francis, starting a trip to Poland overshadowed by the killing of an elderly priest in France by suspected Islamist militants, said on Wednesday this and a string of other attacks were proof the "world is at war".

Pope, France 3:42pm EDT

Mortar, bombing in Baghdad kill six, including four children

BAGHDAD A mortar attack south of Baghdad at a camp for people displaced from the war with Islamic State killed four children and a woman on Wednesday, while a separate suicide bombing in a northern district killed a policeman, security sources said.

2:52pm EDT

Germany bomber influenced in chat by unknown person: minister

BERLIN A Syrian asylum seeker who blew himself up in the southern German town of Ansbach on Sunday was influenced by an unknown person in a chat conversation on his mobile phone, Bavaria's Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said on Wednesday.

Syria 2:43pm EDT

Death of black man in Canada after arrest sparks race debate

OTTAWA The death of a mentally ill black man following his arrest by police in Canada's capital has sparked calls for investigators to look into whether race was a factor in the incident as advocacy groups voice concerns over police violence against minorities.

4:20pm EDT

U.S. looking into reports of Iranian-American detained in Iran

WASHINGTON The U.S. State Department said on Wednesday it is looking into reports that Iran has detained a third U.S. citizen of Iranian descent but declined to provide details.

U.S. 3:51pm EDT

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