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Ukrainians cast ballots Sunday in a presidential runoff where the incumbent was struggling to fend off a strong challenge by a comedian who denounces corruption and plays the role of president in a TV sitcom. Opinion surveys ahead of the vote have shown 53-year-old President Petro Poroshenko trailing far behind comic actor Volodymyr Zelenskiy.
Pope Francis urged world leaders to try again to bring peace to Libya and in Syria where millions of refugees and people displaced by conflict should be helped to return home. In his traditional Easter Sunday address to the faithful at the Vatican, the pope also expressed his "sadness" at the news of the deadly bomb attacks on churches and hotels in Sri Lanka.
EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker expressed his "horror and sadness" after a deadly string of Easter Sunday attacks ripped through Sri Lanka. "It was with horror and sadness that I heard of the bombings in Sri Lanka... I offer my heartfelt condolences to the families of the victims..." Juncker said.
Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers. Francis travelled to a prison in Rome for the Holy Thursday service that re-enacts the biblical story of Christ washing the feet of his disciples. The Mass opens the most solemn period in the liturgical calendar.