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In Christmas message, Pope Francis speaks out on conflicts, migrants

Pope Francis offered a Christmas message Friday of mitigated hope for an end to the world`s conflicts, backing recent accords on Syria and Libya and praising those who shelter migrants.

Iraqi economy to shrink because of conflict: IMF

The economy of Iraq will contract this year due to fighting ravaging the country, the International Monetary Fund said Tuesday, slashing its earlier projection of a healthy growth.