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Pope Francis, huge crowd joyously celebrate Easter

VATICAN CITY: Celebrating Easter Sunday, Christianity’s most joyous and hopeful day, Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria and for an end to the terrorist attacks in Nigeria…

Ukraine in ‘pivotal period’ – Deal stalls as US warns Russia

DONETSK: Russia was under intense US pressure yesterday to convince pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine to give up eastern towns they are occupying, after Washington said the situation in the former…

Kiev’s Maidan says it won’t budge either – Ukraine separatists reject deal to disarm

SLAVIANSK/DONETSK: Armed pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine said yesterday they were not bound by an international deal ordering them to disarm and would not move out of public buildings they…

Italian court orders Berlusconi to do community service

  ROME: An Italian court yesterday ordered former prime minister and billionaire tycoon Silvio Berlusconi to do a year of community service in an old person’s home in a symbolic…

Mass DNA tests at French school to find rapist

LA ROCHELLE: Male students and staff at a French school yesterday began providing police with DNA samples in an unprecedented operation aimed at discovering who raped a 16-year-old female pupil…

Pope poses for ‘selfies’ – Sombre, tired-looking pope presides at Palm Sunday

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis, marking Palm Sunday in a packed St Peter’s Square, ignored his prepared homily and spoke entirely off-the-cuff in a remarkable departure from practice.  Later, he continued…

Ukraine, Russian neighbors press NATO for backup

WARSAW: Ex-Soviet countries fearing spillover from the Ukraine crisis have asked NATO for land forces and other backup, potentially moving the region one step closer to a new Cold War.…

Crimea cements region’s absorption into Russia

SIMFEROPOL: Crimean lawmakers adopted a new constitution yesterday, taking another step to cement the region’s absorption into Russia despite strong objections from the Muslim Tatar minority. Pro-Moscow legislators are eager…

Rwanda frustration lingers amid France genocide spat – When will they simply say ‘sorry’?

KIGALI: As France digs in its heels and maintains it has nothing to apologize for when it comes to the Rwandan genocide, ordinary victims and survivors are unimpressed: the French…

Kiev: Russia trying to ‘dismember Ukraine’

KIEV: Pro-Moscow protesters occupying a government building in eastern Ukraine declared the creation of a separatist republic yesterday, in a move Kiev described as part of a plan to justify…

Royal’s appointment prompts criticism – French power couple reunites – at Cabinet table

PARIS: Is this a Cabinet meeting, or a family reunion? The new French government’s first meeting includes a man and woman who had four children together, split up in the…

Ukraine vote to disarm self-defence groups

KIEV:  Ukraine’s parliament yesterday met a key demand of both Russia and the West by voting to disarm self-defence groups that sprang up during months of deadly protests against Kiev’s…

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