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Pope gives a lift to 2 kids in St. Peter’s Square

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Vatican City, Apr 15 (AP) - Pope Francis has given a lift to two lucky kids during his general audience in St. Peter's Square.

A particularly jovial Francis hopped off his white, open-air car Wednesday to greet a group of fifth graders from Perugia who presented him with a T-shirt from their school. Seemingly joking, Francis asked if any of them wanted to take a spin through the square.

"Me! Me! Me!" they yelled.

Francis picked 11-year-olds Livio Bastianelli and Davide Maria Bianchi and...
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Train derails in northeast India, injuring dozens

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Gauhati, Apr 18 (AP) - A passenger train has derailed in northeastern India, injuring dozens of passengers.

State-owned Indian Railways said in a statement that the engine and nine of the train's 13 coaches jumped the track early Wednesday near the Jagiroad station, about 140 kilometers (85...
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Gunmen kill 9 on bus in Ethiopia near dam project

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Addis Ababa, Apr 16 (AP) - Ethiopian officials say that attackers fired on a public bus in the country's west, killing nine people and wounding seven.

Redwan Hussein, a government spokesman, said Wednesday that the attack took place in the Banishangul Gumuz region, an area that has an increased...
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Afghan policeman shoots, wounds female lawmaker

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Kabul, Apr 16 (AP) - An Afghan policeman has opened fire and wounded a female lawmaker in the country's capital, Kabul, during what authorities described as a "dispute" between the two.

Lawmaker Maryam Koofi was recovering Wednesday after the shooting the previous night.

Earlier reports had...
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Syrian airstrikes kill 4 in rebel town

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Beirut, Apr 16 (AP) - Activists say that Syrian airstrikes have killed at least four people in the town of Zabadani, one of the last rebel-held towns on the Lebanese border.

Activist Ammar al-Hassan says the strike occurred early Wednesday. He says shelling also had increased on the town lying...
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