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ROME---Pope Francis, who recently
lamented he can't slip out and get a pizza
like he used to, finally got a pie---albeit one
hand-delivered to his popemobile.
Pizza maker Enzo Cacialli had a pie on
hand as Francis sped by the Naples
waterfront Saturday during his one-day
visit to the city famous for its pizza.
In a recent interview with a Mexican
broadcaster, Francis said what he misses
most being pope is going out to get a
pizza. Now, he eats in the communal dining
room of the Vatican hotel, serving himself
like the rest of the guests at dinner. (AP)
At least 34 people were killed and 70 injured
in north-central Peru after a bus swerved into
another bus in the oncoming lane in a multiple-
vehicle accident, authorities said yesterday.
Another bus and a refrigerator truck
slammed into the buses soon after, said
emergency coordinator Oscar Gonzalez.
"Preliminary investigations indicate the
driver that crossed into the opposite lane likely
fell asleep," Gonzalez said. The crash took place
early yesterday. A group of Senegalese and
evangelicals with the Worldwide Missionary
Movement were involved in the crash, local
media reported. (Reuters)
LONDON---The British parents who became fugitives
after their critically ill son was refused a cancer treat-
ment in the UK last year say he's experienced a
miracle recovery from his brain tumor.
Brett King told The Sun newspaper in an interview
published yesterday that the recovery of his five-year-
old son, Ashya, justifies the family s decision to remove
him from Southampton General Hospital to seek an
innovative treatment abroad. Their decision sparked
an international manhunt, and resulted in the parents
being briefly jailed.
Brett King says: "We have saved his life," and would
do it again if necessary. The child received proton
therapy treatment in the Czech Republic.
The case touched off a sensation in Britain, with
many, including Prime Minister David Cameron, moved
by the parents desperation to save their child. (AP)
KABUL---Hundreds marched yesterday in the
Afghan capital, demanding justice for a woman
beaten to death last week by a Kabul mob over false
allegations she had burned a Qur'an---a vicious
killing that shocked many Afghans and renewed
calls for authorities to ensure women's rights to
equality and protection from violence.
The killing has also drawn condemnation from
Afghanistan s President Ashraf Ghani, now in Wash-
ington on his first state visit to the United States
since taking office in September, who denounced it
as a "heinous attack" and ordered an investigation.
On Thursday, a mob of men beat a 27-year-old
religious scholar named Farkhunda to death, threw
her body off a roof, ran over it with a car, set it on
fire and at the end, threw it into the Kabul River near
one of the Afghan capital s most renowned mosques,
the Shah Doshamshera.
The attack was captured by cellphone cameras
and has been widely distributed on social media.
Farkhunda, who like many Afghans had just one
name, was buried amid a huge public outcry on Sun-
day, her coffin carried by women s activists who
defied the tradition of men-only pallbearers and
RIYADH/DUBAI---Yemen's top fac-
tions are squaring off for battle after
months of skirmishes, turning respec-
tively to neighbouring Saudi Arabia
and its regional rival Iran for help in
what may become all-out war.
With President Abd-Rabbu Mansour
Hadi seeking a comeback from the port
city of Aden while the Shi ite Houthi
movement controls the capital Sanaa,
rival administrations are trading bel-
licose rhetoric as fighting intensifies
and factions commandeer airfields for
the next stage of the struggle.
Somewhat on the sidelines, al-Qaeda
in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and
Islamic State are waiting to exploit what
some fear could become Yemen s worst
conflict since a 1994 civil war.
"For years Yemen has defied all the
odds and proved wrong those who said
it was on the brink of civil war and
about to collapse," Farea al-Muslimi, a
researcher with the Carnegie Middle
East Center said. "But we may have
run out of miracles."
Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh
Yaseen called yesterday for Gulf Arab
help to prevent the Houthis getting air
"We have expressed to the Gulf
Cooperation Council, the United
Nations as well as the international
community that there should be a no-
fly zone, and the use of military aircraft
should be prevented at the airports
controlled by the Houthis," he told the
newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat.
United Nations mediator Jamal Beno-
mar said on Sunday that Yemen had
been pushed "towards the edge of civil
war" that he believed neither the
Houthis nor Hadi could win.
"Any side that would want to push
the country in either direction would
be inviting a protracted conflict in the
vein of an Iraq-Libya-Syria combined
scenario," he told the Security Coun-
cil.Violence has spread across the Ara-
bian peninsula country since last year,
when Houthi militia seized Sanaa and
effectively removed Hadi, a US ally.
This angered the Sunni-ruled Gulf
states led by Riyadh, which regards the
once obscure group from the northern
highlands as terrorists.
The turmoil has made Yemen a front
in Saudi Arabia s region-wide rivalry
with Iran, mainly contested on sectarian
lines, by creating an ally for Tehran in
The Houthis, who share a Shi ite ide-
ology with Iran, have denied taking
material and financial support from
Tehran. But last year Yemeni, Western
and Iranian sources gave Reuters details
of Iranian military and financial support
to the Houthis before and after their
takeover of Sanaa on September 21.
The Houthis adhere to the Zaydi sect
of Shi ite Islam, and despite Yemen s
tradition of religious tolerance, their
advance has alarmed many Sunnis,
some of whom have allied with AQAP.
DAKAR---The son of Senegal's powerful former
president was convicted yesterday on corruption
charges and sentenced to six years in prison with
a fine of nearly $230 million in a verdict that could
reopen the wounds of the hard fought 2012 elec-
Karim Wade, who held several high level Cabinet
positions in the government of his father Abdoulaye
Wade, was charged with illegally accumulating a for-
tune of at least $200 million. His conviction may
result in social unrest due to the continuing influence
of his father s political party.
Karim Wade s supporters say his trial is part of a
political vendetta waged by President Macky Sall
against his old rival and denounced the verdict as
soon as it was read.
"We will fight for his freedom, it is a notorious
injustice," said Mamadou Fall, a young opposition
activist in the court room. "The verdict is an insult
to Senegalese democracy and human rights."
His legal team has boycotted the trial on the grounds
the verdict was determined ahead of time. (AP)
SINGAPORE---Singapore mourned longtime leader
Lee Kuan Yew with raw emotion and a blanket of
relentlessly positive coverage on its tightly scripted
state television yesterday, mythologising a man
who was as respected as he was feared.
The government announced that Lee, 91, "passed
away peacefully" several hours before dawn at Sin-
gapore General Hospital. The increasingly frail elder
statesman was hospitalised in early February with
A self-proclaimed authoritarian who saw the world
in stark realist terms, Lee commanded respect from
Singaporeans, who this year will celebrate the country s
50th anniversary of independence. He led multiracial
Singapore with an iron grip for more than three
decades until 1990, and is credited with transforming
the resource-poor island into a wealthy finance and
trade entrepot with low crime and little corruption.
Singapore s government has declared seven days
of national mourning, and flags will fly at half-staff
on state buildings.
Many feel he provided them with a roof over their
heads by creating a system of state-subsidised housing
where the majority of Singaporeans live. (AP)
'Fugitive' parents say
son's tumour is gone
Afghans demand justice
for woman killed by mob Fears of all-out
war in Yemen
Pope finally gets his pizza
34 dead in multiple-vehicle crash in Peru
Son of Senegal's ex-president
jailed, fined for corruption
Anti-Houthi protesters run as pro-Houthi police troopers open fire in the air to
disperse them in Yemen's southwestern city of Taiz March 23, 2015. REUTERS
Singapore has begun seven days of national mourning
following the death of its founding father, Lee Kuan Yew.
Civil society activists chant slogans saying, "we want
justice for Farkhunda," during the funeral of 27-year-
old Farkhunda, in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday
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