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  • Pope to meet clergy at site of historic rivalry

    May 25, 2014 7:27 PM 5

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Pope Francis and the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians could not have chosen a more fitting meeting place to promote Christian unity on Sunday than the Jerusalem holy site where their churches' centuries-old rivalries and machinations play out every day. The Church of the Holy Sepulcher, where the pope will meet Ecumenical

  • Obama promises U.S. troops Afghanistan war done by year's end

    May 25, 2014 7:08 PM 9

    On a surprise visit to Afghanistan, U.S. President Barack Obama pledged Sunday to bring America's longest war to a "responsible end" by the close of the year. He promised a decision soon on keeping a small contingent of troops to help protect gains made over nearly 13 years of combat. He told troops at this sprawling military base that the war had reached

  • A successful year for the Le Pen’s Front National

    May 25, 2014 7:00 PM 11

    “No to Brussels, yes to France” has been Marine Le Pen’s campaign slogan. It is a clear message that has helped her mobilise supporters of the Front National. The party’s aim is to limit the power of the European Parliament and put an end to what the party calls the “crazy machine” that is the EU. In order to achieve those objectives Le Pen has forged

  • Obama slips into Afghanistan for secret visit with US troops as armed forces prepare to withdraw

    May 25, 2014 6:47 PM 17

    President Barack Obama secretly slipped into Afghanistan under the cover of darkness Sunday for a weekend visit with U.S. troops serving in the closing months of America's longest war. Air Force One landed at Bagram Air Field, the main U.S. base in Afghanistan, after an overnight flight from Washington. Obama was scheduled to spend just a few hours on the base and had no plans

  • In Israel, Pope Francis says there is 'no other way' but peace

    May 25, 2014 6:35 PM 9

    Landing in Israel on his whistle-stop tour of the Holy Land, Pope Francis declared Sunday that “there is simply no other way” besides a two-state solution for Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace in this violence-racked region. The pontiff was greeted by Israeli President Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a military guard of honor

  • Pope concludes first day in Israel with visit to Jerusalem

    May 25, 2014 6:35 PM 15

    Pope prays at Church of Holy Sepulchre after meeting with Israeli dignitaries; says Palestinians deserve sovereign homeland, Israelis deserve peace. Pope Francis arrived on Sunday evening at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, where he was scheduled to meet with the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians, the Ecumenical Patriarch

  • Decision Soon on Plan For US Troops in Afghanistan

    May 25, 2014 6:31 PM 15

    U.S. President Barack Obama has made a secret trip to Afghanistan to see American troops during the Memorial Day holiday weekend. While addressing the troops, Obama said he was hopeful that a bilateral security agreement between the U.S. and Afghanistan would be signed once a new Afghan president was sworn in. Once that agreement was signed, Obama said the U.S. could

  • Exit polls: Billionaire Poroshenko wins Ukraine presidential elections

    May 25, 2014 5:41 PM 23

    Petro Poroshenko, billionaire and candy-maker, received between 55.9 and 57.3 percent of the vote, negating the need for a runoff vote. Confectionary magnate Petro Poroshenko won Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday with an absolute majority, exit polls showed, averting the need for a runoff vote next month that he had said could destabilise the country

  • Chocolate tycoon slated to win Ukraine poll

    May 25, 2014 5:36 PM 12

    Chocolate tycoon Petro Poroshenko is heading for a landslide victory in Ukraine’s snap presidential election on Sunday, according to early exit polls. Preliminary results of two exit polls gave Mr. Poroshenko 55.9 per cent and 57. 3 per cent of the votes, well above the 50-per cent threshold he needs to win presidency in the first round of voting. Former

  • Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, Poland’s Last Communist Leader, Dies at 90

    May 25, 2014 5:29 PM 11

    Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski, the last Communist leader of Poland, who sent tanks to crush Solidarity’s stirrings for democracy in 1981 and later went on to preside over the death of the system that nurtured him, died on Sunday in Warsaw. He was 90. He died at a military hospital where he was being treated following a stroke, a hospital spokeswoman told The Associated