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Pope Francis to visit Bosnian capital of Sarajevo

Pope Francis has said he would make a one-day trip to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo in June, his latest visit to a country where Islam is the dominant religion amid growing persecution of Christians in the Middle East.

Pope Francis to visit Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. Credit: PA

After the weekly Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square, the pope told pilgrims he would go to Sarajevo on June 6 to encourage "reconciliation, peace, inter-religious dialogue and friendship".

It will be the first papal trip to Sarajevo in 18 years. Pope John Paul II ignored apparent assassination threats to visit the war-torn city in 1997, when he urged greater dialogue between Bosniak Muslims, Catholic Croats and Orthodox Serbs.

Fight against Islamic extremism 'a generational struggle'

The fight against Islamic extremism is a "generational struggle", Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond has said

Speaking during a visit to Australia, Hammond said it was "important" to recognise that "the underlying challenge of extremist Islamism is going to be with us for a long while".

"This is a generational struggle against this ideology and we are going to have to fight these battles, not just in the Middle East, but in other parts of the world as well," the Foreign Secretary said.

"There is no where that is safe from this challenge and we need to work together to be two or three steps ahead in the chess game," he added.


World leaders condemn murder of Japanese journalist

World leaders have condemned the murder of a Japanese journalist by Islamic State militants in Syria. Kenji Goto's killing comes less than a week after the death of another man from Japan held by the group. The country's Prime Minister has vowed not to 'give in to terrorism'.

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'She's a tiger': Bobbi Brown's family hopeful after scare

The family of Whitney Houston's daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown said she was a "tiger" and that they were hopeful she would pull through..

Her cousin Jerod Brown told NBC News she was going through a "hard time" as the anniversary of her mother's death approaches.

Bobbi Kristina Brown with her late mother Whitney Houston. Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA/Press Association Images

"She's been through a lot, you know what I'm saying. This is a hard time, it's her mother's anniversary of her death," Jerod Brown said.

"It's been a hard time, it's a rough time of year," he said, adding, "But she's a tiger, she's going to pull through it."

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