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The Pope Walks In Bethlehem, Part Of His 'Pilgrimage For Prayer'

Pope Francis visits Bethlehem on Sunday in the middle of a three-day trip to the Middle East. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to correspondent Emily Harris about the significance of the pope's visit.
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Election Underway In Ukraine, But Blocked In Restive East

Ukrainians began voting Sunday in a presidential election marred by violence and all but cancelled in eastern cities, where pro-Russian separatists have shut polling places and threatened officials.
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Pope Francis Prays At Wall Separating Israel, West Bank

The pontiff showed symbolic approval for an independent Palestinian state as he arrived in Bethlehem by helicopter. He also invited Israeli and Palestinian leaders to the Vatican for a prayer meeting.
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Opening Mideast Trip, Pope Francis Calls For An End To Syrian War

Francis is only the fourth pontiff to visit the Holy Land in 2,000 years. Francis will make stops in the West Bank and Jerusalem during a three-day visit.
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Pakistan's Prime Minister Will Attend India's Narendra Modi's Swearing In

This is a historic first for two countries with strained ties. Nawaz Sharif will also meet with Modi for bilateral talks following the ceremony.
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Anti-Immigrant Sentiment Helps Fuel Right-Wing EU Candidates

EU elections for parliament take place this weekend. Low turnout could mean parties on the fringe will do disproportionately well.
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Ultra-Nationalist Party Surges In Hungary

Hungary's far-right Jobbik party is expected to win a quarter of the country's seats in upcoming EU elections. The country is also experiencing growing anti-Semitism that has Jewish leaders worried.
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Separatists Disrupt Ukraine's Election Preparations

It was hoped that Ukraine's first presidential elections would bring stability to the region. But pro-Russian separatists have vowed to prevent voting in Sunday's presidential elections.
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Ukraine's Chocolate King Is Presidential Front-Runner

The front-runnner in Sunday's election in Ukraine is called the Chocolate King. Analyst Balazs Jarabik tells Scott Simon why Ukrainians are supporting Petro Poroshenko's bid for the presidency.
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Gastrodiplomacy Gives Foreign Chefs A Fresh Take And Taste Of America

The State Department has a new exchange program for culinary professionals. A delegation from the Middle East and Africa recently discovered there's more to American cuisine than fast food.

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