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Merkel says Macron would be 'strong president' for France

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that Emmanuel Macron would make a "strong president" for France, throwing her weight behind the centrist favourite to win a run-off on May 7 against far-right candidate Marine Le Pen.

Pope Francis denounces barbarity during Egypt visit

Pope Francis, making a two-day visit to Egypt, urged Muslim leaders on Friday to unite in renouncing religious extremism at a time when Islamist militants are targeting ancient Christian communities across the Middle East.