Pope Francis addresses journalists during the traditional press conference on his flight back to Rome, following a two-day visit to Fatima in Portugal, May 13, 2017. (Tiziana Fabi / Pool/EPA)
BRITAIN
Labour proposes ‘Robin Hood tax’

Britain’s opposition Labour Party says it would crack down on tax avoidance and introduce a “Robin Hood tax” on financial transactions to fund public services if it wins next month’s national election.

Labour, which is trailing Prime Minister Theresa May’s ruling Conservatives badly in opinion polls, said that 4.7 billion pounds ($6.1 billion) could be raised by changing the tax policy on share trading.

Labour would also take on those in Britain who dodge paying taxes, closing loopholes and clamping down on havens.

— Reuters

THE VATICAN
Pope promises sincerity with Trump

Pope Francis says he will be “sincere” with President Trump regarding their sharp differences on subjects such as immigration and climate change when the two hold their first meeting at the Vatican later this month.

But the pope also told reporters aboard a plane returning from Portugal on Saturday that he would keep an open mind and not pass judgment on Trump until first listening to his views at their May 24 meeting.

“Even if one thinks differently, we have to be very sincere about what each one thinks,” Francis said in a typically freewheeling airborne news conference.

“Topics will emerge in our conversations. I will say what I think, and he will say what he thinks. But I have never wanted to make a judgment without first listening to the person.”

The pope’s meeting with Trump could be potentially awkward, given their diametrically opposed positions on immigration, refugees and climate change, which he told reporters on the plane “are well known.”

— Reuters

Fatima youths added to roster of saints: Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese farm town of Fatima into one of the world’s most important Catholic shrines. Francis proclaimed Francisco and Jacinta Marto saints at the start of Mass marking the centenary of their visions. A half-million people watched in the vast square in front of the shrine’s basilica, the Vatican said, citing Portuguese authorities. Many had spent days at Fatima in prayer, reciting rosaries before a statue of the Madonna.

At least 24 die in tour bus accident in Turkey: A tour bus tipped over on a serpentine mountain road in Turkey, killing 24 people when it fell off a cliff and hit a car, Turkish authorities said. The governor of Mugla province, Amir Cicek, said that the driver is among the dead and that the accident may have been caused by a brake system failure. Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said the bus was in a convoy of six, carrying mostly women and children for a Mother’s Day event.

Fuel thieves suspected in Mexico pipeline fire: A fire in Mexico sparked by suspected fuel thieves killed four people and forced state oil company Pemex to temporarily halt pumping operations along a pipeline in the country’s violent eastern state of Veracruz, the company said. Pemex said that the fire was swiftly brought under control and that none of the four victims found alongside a car near the pipeline were believed to be company workers. The pipeline has a capacity of 73,000 barrels per day and transports gasoline and diesel from Pemex’s Minatitlan oil refinery to Mexico City.

Jordanian is killed by Israeli police after alleged attack: A Jordanian citizen stabbed and wounded an Israeli police officer who then shot him dead in Jerusalem’s Old City on Saturday, Israeli police said, the latest in a string of street attacks. Police spokeswoman Luba Simri said the officer was walking down a street when he was attacked by a 57-year-old Jordanian who had arrived in Israel for a visit a few days earlier. Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani disputed the Israeli account of the incident, which he described as an “ugly crime.”

— From news services