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Pope Francis warned Wednesday that poverty fuels "conflict and terrorism" as he kicked off a landmark first trip to Africa, landing to a rapturous welcome from cheering crowds and traditional dancers. After joyous celebrations in Nairobi where some greeted Francis in traditional feather headdresses, bright clothes, and beads, the 78-year-old pontiff went to Kenya's presidential palace to deliver a more sombre message. "Experience shows that violence, conflict and terrorism feed on fear, mistrust, and the despair born of poverty and frustration," he said alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta.
By Lucia Mutikani WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. consumer spending barely rose in October as households took advantage of rising incomes to boost savings to their highest level in nearly three years, pointing to moderate economic growth in the fourth quarter. Anemic consumer spending did little do change expectations that the Federal Reserve will raise interest rates next month as other data on Wednesday showed a surge in business spending plans in October and a drop in new applications for unemployment benefits last week. The Commerce Department said consumer spending edged up 0.1 percent after a similar increase in September.
By Conor Humphries and Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) - It will be hard for officials renegotiating Britain's EU membership to meet a goal of having a framework ready for discussion at a regional summit next month, a senior EU official involved in the talks said on Wednesday. Prime Minister David Cameron is trying to win concessions from other leaders ahead of a referendum on British membership promised by the end of 2017. With opinion polls showing Britain sharply divided over whether to stay or leave, the outcome of the vote will determine the country's future role on the global stage as well as shaping the European Union, which has struggled to maintain unity over migration and financial crises.