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Saturday, September 26th 2015 - 09:25 UTC

New York and world leaders captivated by pope Francis humble magic

 Francis waved to the crowd surging against barricades as the pope-mobile made the 15-minute trip. Some 80,000 people received tickets to the processional.

Francis was greeted by tens of thousands of people as he drove through New York City’s Central Park on Friday, a processional that marked his biggest public event in the city. An ear-piercing roar rose from the crowd as his open-sided pope-mobile made its way slowly through the park.

Saturday, September 26th 2015 - 09:15 UTC

“Pope still has energy for the last two days” of his US/Cuba visit

During his 10-day trip, he has needed help getting up and down stairs and on Friday was taken around the U.N. and Madison Square Garden in a golf cart.

Vatican spokesman says that after a whirlwind day in New York City, Pope Francis is clearly tired and has some aches and pains, since he's been missing out on his physiotherapy while on the road.

Saturday, September 26th 2015 - 09:04 UTC

Bill & Melinda Gates foundation sues Petrobras alleging 'pervasive bribery'

Created in 2000 by Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda, the foundation focuses on improving education and health and reducing poverty.

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have sued Petrobras to recoup stock losses stemming from a corruption scandal at the state-run oil company.

Saturday, September 26th 2015 - 08:08 UTC

US and China pledge not to conduct or sponsor 'knowingly' cyber-theft

”I indicated it (cyber theft) has to stop.” Obama said at a joint news conference after private talks with Xi at the White House Friday.

United States President Barack Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have agreed that neither country's government will conduct or “knowingly” support cyber theft of intellectual property or commercial trade secrets, an issue that has been a source of tensions.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 07:52 UTC

New York cheers Francis; today he addresses UN General Assembly

St Patrick's cathedral bells pealed as Francis waved to and blessed the crowd, even giving the occasional thumbs-up.

Pope Francis kicked off his second United States stop in New York City with a Thursday evening prayer at St. Patrick's Cathedral, one of the United States best-known churches. Thousands of people lined up along Fifth Avenue to greet him with cheers as he made his way in his open-sided popemobile to the center of one of the US largest Roman Catholic archdioceses.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 07:42 UTC

Francis pleaded for immigrants and praised creation and distribution of wealth

The pope introduced himself, though, as a son of the American continent, who had been blessed by the “new world” and felt a responsibility toward it.

The past, the promise and the potential of the United States must not be smothered by bickering and even hatred at a time when the U.S. people and indeed the world need a helping hand, Pope Francis told the U.S. Congress on Thursday.

Friday, September 25th 2015 - 05:33 UTC

Obama and Xi share a private dinner before the official visit on Friday

Obama and Xi are   likely to have tense talks over allegations of cyber theft and a Chinese military buildup in the South Chinese Sea.

United States President Obama hosted Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping for a private dinner Thursday as they and their aides prepared for meetings designed to deal with cyber security and a new agreement to cooperate on combating climate change.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 07:03 UTC

Xi arrives in the US hoping for investments and pledging cooperation

Xi's busy stop on the West Coast is the first leg of a week-long trip to the US and offers him a chance to highlight China's cooperation with U.S. companies

Seeking to warm bilateral ties and project a sunny climate for U.S. business, Chinese President Xi Jinping vowed on Wednesday to cut restrictions on foreign investment, while his chief Internet regulator appeared to lay the groundwork for a basic agreement later this week on cyber warfare.

Thursday, September 24th 2015 - 06:50 UTC

Pope addresses several controversial issues in his first day in Washington

“As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families.”

Pope Francis on his first full day in the United States addressed several controversial issues when delivering two big speeches that referred to climate change, religious liberty, immigration, and abortion.

Wednesday, September 23rd 2015 - 07:31 UTC

Obama and Biden greet Francis as he begins six-day visit; he will address US congress

Obama and Vice President Biden chose to greet the papal plane before Francis departed in a hatchback Fiat

Pope Francis on Tuesday afternoon touched down at Joint Base Andrews to begin a historic six-day, three-city visit that will have political, diplomatic and spiritual ramifications. Breaking from the usual protocol for a state visit, President Obama and Vice President Biden chose to greet the papal plane before Francis departed in a hatchback Fiat to begin his tightly scheduled, carefully choreographed and highly anticipated visit.


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