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Obama to meet Pope Francis in March: White House WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama will visit Vatican City in March to meet Pope Francis, whom he has praised as an "eloquent" spokesman on the scourge of inequality a key issue in his own political agenda.The White House said Obama would travel to see the pontiff on March 27, following stops in the Netherlands for a nuclear security summit and talks with European Union leaders in Brussels."The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality," the White House said in a statement Tuesday.A meeting between Obama and the pontiff, who has refashioned the image of the Roman Catholic Church since his installation last year, has long been rumored following the president's approving comments about Francis.In a speech in December, Obama praised an argument advanced by Pope Francis, the first non-European pontiff in nearly 1,300 years, on rising inequality in societies split between ...

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US urges Iran to back Syria transition or lose talks invite WASHINGTON: The United States urged arch foe Iran on Sunday to back calls for a transitional government in Syria, or lose an invitation to international talks about the crisis.UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon invited Iran to a peace conference beginning Wednesday, following the world body chief's intensive talks over two days with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who agreed to attend."The United States views the UN secretary-general's invitation to Iran to attend the upcoming Geneva ...

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US urges Americans to avoid Thai protest sites WASHINGTON: The United States urged its citizens Sunday to stay away from protest sites in Thailand, amid an upsurge in deadly violence during anti-government demonstrations.Unknown attackers have killed several people during the months-long protests intended to oust the embattled government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Each side has blamed the other for the bloodshed."US citizens are cautioned that even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence," the State ...

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Day of non-violence urged to remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. ATLANTA: People worldwide should honor the memory of Rev. Dr Martin Luther King Jr. by making Monday a "no shots fired" day and ringing church bells in support of non-violence, urged the daughter of the slain US civil rights leader. Church services and tributes will be held across the United States to commemorate King's 85th birthday on Monday, a federal holiday. At the same time, there is a push for a new monument and possibly ...

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Federal helicopter crashes in Mexico, injuring three APATZINGAN: A helicopter operated by Mexico's prosecutor crashed Friday, wounding three of five passengers, when it hit a cable over a mountain community in the troubled Michoacan region.Two federal agents and a mechanic "suffered injuries and bruises on their bodies," while the pilot and artillery captain were unharmed, the prosecutor's office said in a statement.A spokesman for the prosecutor had earlier said the cable was erected by "criminals" to avoid air raids hunting for drug ...

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Obama to attend EU-US summit in Brussels: EU source BRUSSELS: US President Barack Obama will head to Brussels on March 26 to attend an EU-US summit, a European source told AFP on Friday.The meeting is expected to give Obama the opportunity to mend ties with the 28-nation bloc, after tensions over revelations that Washington had carried out widespread spying including on its key European allies, the source said.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...

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California governor declares drought emergency SAN FRANCISCO: California governor Jerry Brown declared a drought emergency on Friday, a move that will allow the parched state to seek federal aid as it grapples with what could turn out to be the driest year in recorded state history. Brown appealed to Californians to keep a lid on water use with the aim of reducing overall consumption by 20 percent. He told reporters at a news conference that mandatory conservation programs ...