Pope Francis has begun his first day at the helm of the Catholic Church, attempting to set out his vision for his papacy amid a testing schedule.
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A British soldier stationed in Cyprus has been stabbed to death in a nightclub in the resort of Ayia Napa.
The Ministry of Defence confirmed a 19-year-old soldier from 2nd Battalion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, had died. His family has been informed.
Police said three British tourists had been arrested following a reported altercation with four off-duty soldiers in the early hours.
The MoD has banned soldiers from Ayia Napa's centre after past trouble.
The town is a popular destination for thousands of young holidaymakers.
But military chiefs stopped personnel from going there following the killing of Danish tour guide Louise Jensen in 1994.
She was raped and bludgeoned to death just outside Ayia Napa. Three off-duty British servicemen served prison terms after being convicted of manslaughter and abduction.
The two British military bases in the former colony, which gained independence in 1960, are home to more than 3,000 personnel.
The dead soldier is reported to have been stationed at the base in Dhekelia, about 12 miles (20km) west of Ayia Napa.
Police spokesman George Economou said the soldier was pronounced dead on arrival at Famagusta General Hospital in Paralimni. A knife has been recovered and is undergoing forensic tests.
The three arrested Britons are expected to appear in court on Monday.
The Foreign Office said it was aware of the arrest of three British nationals in Ayia Napa and was providing consular assistance.
A Ministry of Defence spokesman said: "It is with great sadness that the MoD must confirm that a soldier... has died in an incident in Cyprus.
"An investigation is being conducted by Cyprus police and it would be inappropriate to comment any further. The family has been informed and our thoughts are with them."
- 23 October 2012
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- 09 October 2012
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- 29 March 2012
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Spanish unions are holding a general strike to protest against labour reforms which the new government hopes will help cut unemployment.
Road, rail and air transport are all due to be affected, with domestic and European flights cut to a fraction of their usual volume.
- 27 March 2012
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A lack of support and opportunity for young people contributed to the outbreak of riots in England last year, an independent report has concluded.
The Riots, Communities and Victims Panel, set up last year, has identified "500,000 forgotten families".
- 26 March 2012
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Syria's divided opposition groups are due to meet in Turkey to try to draw up a "national pact" on how to unseat President Bashar al-Assad's government.
The main opposition coalition, the Syrian National Council (SNC), says all other anti-Assad groups have been invited to the gathering in Istanbul.
- 26 March 2012
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Spain's ruling Popular Party has won elections in the southern region of Andalucia but may not be able to force the Socialists from power.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's party secured 50 seats in the 109-seat assembly, three more than the Socialists, in power for 30 years.
- 23 March 2012
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France is facing calls for an inquiry into possible intelligence failures after a series of murders by a gunman in the south of the country.
Mohammed Merah - who claimed to have al-Qaeda training - was killed by a police sniper in Toulouse on Thursday.
- 21 March 2012
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Police hunting a gunman suspected of killing seven people in southern France have surrounded a flat in Toulouse.
The man, named as Mohammed Merah, 24, a Frenchman of Algerian origin, has said he belongs to al-Qaeda and acted to "avenge Palestinian children".
- 20 March 2012
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The Queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee today by paying tribute to the British virtues of 'resilience, ingenuity and tolerance', and to the Duke
of Edinburgh, her 'constant strength and guide' over the decades.
- 20 March 2012
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There’s trouble at the top for Oprah Winfrey, as continuing struggles force her ratings-challenged network to slash its staff levels.
OWN, the cable network co-venture of Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo company and Silver Spring-based Discovery Communications, announced the restructure of its
- 20 March 2012
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One of the biggest manhunts in recent French history is under way after four people were shot dead at a Jewish school in Toulouse.
Police have linked the attack to two shootings last week in which three soldiers of North African descent died.