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Pope soldiers through Easter Vigil after missing procession

Vatican City Reuters Pope Francis on Saturday soldiered through a more than two-hour Easter Vigil Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, one of the longest services in Catholic liturgy, amid renewed concerns about the 87-year-old’s frail condition. His voice at times sounded raspy and out of breath, but he read out all of his prepared texts, […]

Ukraine power firm hit by Russian attacks warns repairs could take 18 months

Kyiv, Ukraine Reuters The head of Ukraine’s largest private energy firm, DTEK, said on Saturday that five of its six plants had been damaged or destroyed with 80 per cent of its generating capacity lost after two weeks of Russian attacks and that repairs could take up to 18 months. Russian missile and drone attacks […]

Second shipment with more than 300 tons of food for Gaza leaves Cyprus port

Larnaca, Cyprus Reuters Ships carrying 332 tons of food for Gaza left Cyprus’s Larnaca port on Saturday in a convoy which will reach the besieged enclave early next week, authorities said. It is the second shipment this month after Israel eased a 17-year naval blockade on the Gaza Strip to allow aid in from Cyprus, […]