BAGHDAD - Iraq's political bazaar is branching out.

VATICAN CITY - French President Nicolas Sarkozy met Friday with the pope and top Vatican officials in a fence-mending visit following France's controversial crackdown on Gypsies, while a top Vatican cardinal urged France to welcome immigrants and those who have been persecuted.

PARIS - France's constitutional watchdog on Thursday endorsed a divisive law forbidding face-covering Islamic veils anywhere in public, but expressed concern about applying it in places of worship such as a mosque.

UPPSALA, Sweden - A Swedish artist who angered Muslims by caricaturing the Prophet Muhammad has given a lecture on artistic freedom at a location heavily guarded by police.

VATICAN CITY - The pope has tapped an Italian to head the Vatican office in charge of the world's 400,000 Catholic priests.
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