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Uzbekistan despot Islam Karimov buried, no successor on horizon
Uzbekistan laid strongman Islam Karimov to rest Saturday amid tight security, after his death triggered the deepest period of uncertainty in the country's post-Soviet history with no clear successor in view.
 
Pope Francis to canonize Mother Teresa
Pope Francis on Saturday denounced what he called the modern-day sin of indifference to hunger, exploitation and other suffering, while commending the example of Mother Teresa on the eve of a sainthood ceremony for the nun who cared for India's destitute.
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Balkan countries compete over late missionary's heritage
When Pope Francis canonizes Mother Teresa on Sunday, two Balkan countries will be celebrating the sainthood of a woman they both fiercely claim as their own.
 
Burning replica to mark Great Fire of London
A giant replica of 17th-century London will be set ablaze in the city this weekend to mark the 350th anniversary of the devastating Great Fire of London.
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's decision a year ago to open the borders to a surge of migrants is casting a long shadow over a state election this weekend in Germany's economically weak northeast, where an anti-immigration party is poised for strong gains.
 
The leader of France's anti-immigration National Front has promised to hold a nationwide referendum on whether the country should leave or remain in the European Union if she is elected president next spring.
 
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Volunteers collect waste on the Mer de Glace glacier in Chamonix-Mont Blanc, French Alpes on Sept. 2, during the annual clean-up operation following the summer season.
 
Turkey's state-run news agency says Turkish tanks have entered Syria's Cobanbey district northeast of Aleppo in a "new phase" of the Euphrates Shield operation.
 
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon on Friday launched a major new survey on independence, saying the Brexit vote had changed the conditions that existed when Scotland voted against secession in 2014.
 
Turkey on Friday claimed that Uzbekistan's ailing President Islam Karimov, who has ruled the ex-Soviet nation for over two decades, had died but there was no confirmation from Uzbek authorities.
 
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