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Pope presses Muslim dialogue in first papal visit to Bahrain

VATICAN CITY —  Pope Francis is bringing his message of dialogue with the Muslim world to the kingdom of Bahrain, where the Sunni-led government is hosting an interfaith conference on East-West co-existence even as it stands accused of discriminating against the country’s Shiite majority. Human rights groups and relatives of Shiite activists on death row have …


Russia presses for a win in battle for Ukraine’s Bakhmut

BAKHMUT, Ukraine —  Unleashing constant artillery barrages, Russian soldiers are slowly edging closer to Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine in their attempt to seize the city, which has remained in Ukrainian hands despite Moscow’s goal of capturing the entire Donbas region bordering Russia. While much of the fighting in the last month has unfolded in southern Ukraine’s …