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Pope, at Cairo Mass, urges unity against fanaticism

By Philip Pullella and Mahmoud Mourad CAIRO (Reuters) – Pope Francis celebrated a Mass in Cairo on Saturday, the last day of a brief visit during which he urged Muslim leaders to unite against religious violence as Islamic militants threaten to rid the Middle East of its ancient Christian communities. Francis’ trip, aimed at rebuilding ties with Muslim religious leaders, comes three weeks after Islamic State killed at least 45 people in attacks on two Egyptian churches. He has used the visit to launch a strong appeal for religious freedom…

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Syrian rebels fight each other in besieged Damascus enclave

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Fighting between rebel groups in the biggest insurgent stronghold near the Syrian capital Damascus entered a second day on Saturday, while government forces pressed an offensive against the besieged enclave, a war monitor said. The clashes broke out in part of the densely-populated rural area east of Damascus known as the Eastern Ghouta which has been besieged by Syrian government forces since 2013. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said it had documented the deaths of at least 38 fighters in the first 24 hours of fighting…

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Vettel keeps Ferrari on top in final Russian practice

By Alan Baldwin SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) – Formula One frontrunner Sebastian Vettel kept Ferrari ahead of champions Mercedes in final Russian Grand Prix practice on Saturday. The German, who is seven points clear of Mercedes’s Lewis Hamilton after winning two of the first three races, lapped the Sochi street circuit with a fastest time of one minute 34.001 seconds on the ultrasoft tyres. Finnish team mate Kimi Raikkonen was second on the timesheets, 0.337 slower than the four-times world champion, with compatriot Valtteri Bottas third for Mercedes. The Ferrari drivers…

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French presidential hopeful Le Pen names nationalist as prime minister

By Matthias Blamont and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) – French far-right presidential hopeful Marine Le Pen on Saturday named defeated first-round candidate Nicolas Dupont-Aignan as her chosen prime minister, a bid to attract his voters and help win victory over the centrist favourite Emmanuel Macron. Dupont-Aignan is a nationalist whose protectionist economic policies are close to those of the National Front’s Le Pen and who, like her, wants to reduce the powers of European Union institutions. He scored 4.7 percent of votes in the first round on April 23, and…

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All Black fullback Smith to miss Highlanders’ Africa tour

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – All Blacks fullback Ben Smith has been ruled out of the Otago Highlanders’ South Africa tour after suffering an ankle strain in the 57-14 trouncing of the Stormers on Friday. The Highlanders captain will miss next week’s match against the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein and the following game against the twice champion Bulls in Pretoria, local media reported, citing a team spokesman. Smith will target a return for the May 20 match against Western Force in Perth. His absence opens the door for Richard Buckman, who replaced Smith…

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Hungary to yield to EU pressure on university law – EPP

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European centre-rights parties said on Saturday that Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban had promised to ensure the autonomy of universities after the EU started legal action against Budapest this week. The European Commission on Wednesday gave Budapest a month to adapt its new higher education law passed on April 4, saying it was not compatible with the fundamental internal market freedoms. The European Peoples Party (EPP), Europe’s biggest centre-right party to which Orban’s Fidesz belongs, called on the Hungarian leader to comply. “Following the Commission’s assessment… we…

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Kenya police have not gathered evidence on Gallmann shooting – sources

By Katharine Houreld NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenyan police have yet to take witness statements or gather ballistic evidence from the site of an ambush where gunmen wounded a world-famous conservationist, sources say, and are unable to give details about suspects they said they arrested. Kuki Gallmann, the 73-year-old Kenyan-Italian author of “I Dreamed of Africa,” was shot twice in the stomach on Sunday after gunmen ambushed her vehicle when she went to inspect arson damage on her conservation park in northern Kenya. Leading politicians rapidly issued statements on the shooting,…

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Japan’s Abe says wants to resolve peace treaty issue with Russia

LONDON (Reuters) – Japan wants to resolve a territorial row that has over-shadowed ties with Russia since World War Two, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Saturday. “A peace treaty between Japan and Russia has not been concluded yet, even after 70 years have passed since the end of World War Two,” Abe told reporters in London. “It is an extremely unusual situation. Infinite possibilities are latent in the cooperation between Japan and Russia.” Russia and Japan did not sign a formal peace treaty at the end of World War…

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EU leaders meet, united on Brexit demands – for now

By Philip Blenkinsop and Foo Yun Chee BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will endorse a stiff set of divorce terms for Britain at a summit on Saturday, rejoicing in a rare show of unity in adversity, but well aware that may start to fray once negotiations begin. Meeting for the first time since British Prime Minister Theresa May formally triggered a two-year countdown to Brexit in late March, the 27 other EU leaders will lose little time over a lunch in Brussels in approving an 8-page set of negotiating…

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Macron’s party calls on Jean-Marie Le Pen to resign over French policeman comments

PARIS (Reuters) – French presidential hopeful Emmanuel Macron’s party called for the resignation of Marine Le Pen’s father from the National Front on Saturday after comments he made about a ceremony for the policeman killed in an attack in Paris. The policeman was shot dead and two others were wounded on April 20, three days before the first round of the presidential election that saw Macron and Le Pen go through to the May 7 second round. The attack was claimed by the Islamic State militant group. Jean-Marie Le Pen,…

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