German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd R) and joint candidate ...
Feb 19th, 2012
(Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2nd R) and joint candidate for the post of president, former East German rights activist Joachim Gauck (C), attend a news conference with party leaders at the Chancellery in Berlin February 19, 2012. Merkel bowed to pressure on Sunday and agreed to back popular opposition candidate Gauck to become president, averting a political fight that might have distracted her government from solving the euro zone crisis. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch (GERMANY - Tags: POLITICS) -
VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis toured St. Peter's Square to greet tens of thousands of people attending a rally of prayer, music and speeches Saturday, and he embraced the brother of a Pakistani politician who was assassinated in his country after calling for greater religious freedom for Christians there. (Source: Associated Press)... [Full Article]