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HAVANA (AP) — Pope Francis met Friday with Patriarch Kirill in the first-ever papal meeting with the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, an historic development in the 1,000-year schism that divided Christianity that may, however, be more about Russia asserting itself than any new ecumenical progress.
Five United Nations peacekeepers were killed and some 30 others wounded when suspected Islamists attacked their base in Mali's restive north Friday, as three Malian soldiers perished in an ambush in the same region, the UN chief and security sources said. The latest attacks highlighted the vulnerability of the sprawling arid north, where UN peacekeepers and Malian soldiers are struggling in their fight against jihadists who seized vast swathes of territory in 2012. UN Secretary general Ban Ki-moon condemned the "massive" assault on the base of the UN mission in Mali, or MINUSMA, in the strategic town of Kidal and recalled that targeting peacekeepers constitutes a war crime.
Kirsten Dunst unveiled a sci-fi thriller by acclaimed US director Jeff Nichols at the Berlin film festival Friday, which takes inspiration from "E.T." and updates it for the NSA generation. Dunst, who has been acting in movies since her early childhood, told reporters after a press preview that "Midnight Special", a supernatural story about parenthood, had appealed to her as she's grown more selective about film roles. Dunst, 33, became famous at a tender age appearing alongside Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt in "Interview with a Vampire" and later co-starred in films such as the "Spider-Man" series and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind".