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The Vatican has dragged its feet in approving the gay ambassador picked by French President François Hollande
15/04/2015 - France - Vatican

Gay envoy to Vatican 'remains the French proposal', says government spokesman

France says it will stand by its choice to send a gay diplomat to the Vatican, which has dragged its feet in approving the envoy.

Pope Francis celebrates mass for the victims of the Armenian genocide on 12 April 2015
12/04/2015 - Turkey - Armenia - Vatican

Armenians welcome Pope's genocide statement, Turkey protests

Turkey summoned the Vatican ambassador to Ankara on Sunday after Pope Francis used the word "genocide" to describe the massacres of Armenians by Ottoman forces during World War I.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius addresses a UN Security Council meeting, which debated the issue of minorities in Syria and Iraq, on 27 March 2015.
06/04/2015 - France - Iraq - Syria

France taking lead on protecting Iraqi and Syrian Christians

France has been re-establishing its historical role of protecting Christian minorities in the Middle East.
Front National vice-president Florian Philippot
06/04/2015 - FRANCE

'There are enough mosques' in France, says Front National vice-president

France does not need more mosques because “100 per cent of places of radicalisation are mosques", Florian Philippot, the vice-president of the far-right Front National party, has told ...
Amar Lasfar, president of the UOIF
03/04/2015 - FRANCE

French Muslim leaders call for more mosques

The head of the French Council of the Muslim Faith has called for double the number of mosques in the country in the next two years.

03/04/2015

African press review 3 April 2015

Kenya's press is in shock over the deadly university attack carried out by gunmen loyal to the Somali Islamist group Al-Shebab.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete has warned of sectarian tensions in the run-up to the referendum
30/03/2015 - Tanzania

Fears of delays, sectarian violence as Tanzania prepares referendum

Tanzania’s referendum on a new constitution could be delayed due to debate over Islamic courts and practical difficulties, analysts warn, with fears of sectarian violence as President Jakaya ...
Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Sharm el-Sheikh, 15 March 2015.
26/03/2015 - Report: Egypt

Egypt's Coptic Christians are politically divided

Egypt's Christian community have often bared the brunt of political and sectarian tensions following the 2011 revolution. Christians in Egypt are said to number at least 10 million.
Egypt's Coptic Christians, politically divided
26/03/2015 - International report

Egypt's Coptic Christians, politically divided

Egypt's Christian community has often borne the brunt of political and sectarian tensions since the 2011 revolution. Christians in Egypt are said to number at least 10 million.
A canteen meal
17/03/2015 - France

French mayor's ban on pork-free option sparks school meal row

A row erupted in France on Tuesday after the mayor of a town in Burgundy sent a letter to parents explaining that, from September, school canteens will no longer offer an alternative when pork is on ...
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