Pope in Africa says dialogue vital to avert violence in God's name
By Philip Pullella and George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Thursday in Kenya, which has seen a spate of attacks by Islamist militants, that dialogue between religions in Africa was essential to teach young people that violence in God's name was unjustified. Bridging divisions between Muslims and Christians is a main theme of his first tour of the continent that also takes him to Uganda, which like Kenya has seen a number of Islamist attacks, and the Central African Republic, riven by sectarian conflict. Starting his first full day in the Kenyan capital, Francis met Muslim and other religious leaders before saying an open-air Mass for tens of thousands of rain-drenched people who sang, danced and ululated as he arrived in an open popemobile.
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Pope Francis told Christian and Muslim leaders in Kenya on Thursday that they have little choice but to engage in dialogue to guard against the "barbarous" Islamic extremist attacks that have struck Kenya as he kicked off his first full day in Africa with a message of tolerance and peace.
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U.N. says Chinese-style rural reforms can cut African migrationBy Tom Miles GENEVA (Reuters) - The world's poorest countries can stem migration by emulating China's rural reforms, and should ditch any get-rich-quick ideas about exposing their farmers to the glare of the global market, the U.N. economic agency UNCTAD said on Wednesday. Taffere Tesfachew, head of the Least Developed Countries division at UNCTAD, said China's rural reforms had twinned privatisation with promoting the emergence of non-farm enterprises in rural areas. "Migrants coming out of Africa, for example, are in the majority displaced because of the inability of agriculture to accommodate them, to give them decent livelihoods," said UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi, also speaking at a news conference.
Chicago calm a day after release of video of police shooting teenager
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