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Pope Francis heads for Egypt as ‘pilgrim of peace’

Pope Francis flies to Egypt Friday for a visit aimed at fostering reconciliation with the Muslim world against the backdrop of recent jihadist attacks on the Middle East’s biggest Christian community.

Macedonia parliament violence injures 100

Scores of people were injured as violence erupted in Macedonia’s parliament after nationalist protesters stormed the building in anger over a vote for a new speaker, the interior ministry said Friday.

In Indian Kashmir, social media becomes a battleground

An unprecedented ban on Whatsapp, Facebook and Twitter in Indian Kashmir has highlighted social media’s role in energising an insurgency that has roiled the disputed Himalayan region for decades.

Royal Bank of Scotland rebounds into slender Q1 profit

Britain’s bailed-out Royal Bank of Scotland rebounded into a first-quarter profit on cost-cutting, it said Friday, but the year-earlier loss was skewed by a vast exceptional payment to the government.

UBS books ‘very strong’ first quarter

Swiss banking giant UBS said Friday that it booked “very strong first-quarter results”, driven largely by its investment banking and wealth management activities.

Sony sees net profit more than tripling in current year

Sony said Friday it expects net profit in the current fiscal year to more than triple owing mainly to gains in its smartphone component business, while the PlayStation console division also boosted its fortunes.

Trump to address NRA on eve of 100 days in office

Ninety-nine days after taking office, President Donald Trump on Friday is set to address the National Rifle Association, the hugely powerful US gun lobby that will surely give him a triumphant welcome.