Insight - Labour Party battles for soul and identity
By Elizabeth Piper LONDON (Reuters) - In the 1970s, a trio of socialists joined a battle to steer Britain's Labour Party to the left. Almost 40 years on, the same three men, led by new party chief Jeremy Corbyn, are closer than ever to their goal of pushing the opposition party to the hard left. Two months after 66-year-old Corbyn was elected leader on a wave of enthusiasm for change, some Labour lawmakers closer to the centre are rebelling openly over his stand on vexed questions such as how to tackle terrorism and whether Britain should bomb Syria.
Gunmen kill 4 Egypt security personnel south of Cairo: sources
CAIRO (Reuters) - Gunmen killed four security personnel in an armed attack in Saqqara, 22 miles south of Cairo, three security sources said on Saturday. One security source said the two attackers were riding a motor bike when they opened fire using machine guns at a checkpoint in Saqqara, a Cairo suburb and site of some of Egypt's oldest pyramids. Egypt is fighting an Islamist insurgency that has been targeted mostly at security personnel. (Reporting by Ahmed Hassan and Omar Fahmy; Writing by Asma Alsharif; Editing by Hugh Lawson)
Pope Francis visits Ugandan shrine amid gay rights debate
By Philip Pullella and Edith Honan NAMUGONGO, Uganda (Reuters) - Pope Francis traveled to Uganda's holiest shrine on Saturday, paying tribute to 19th century Christian martyrs killed for their faith, including for protecting young boys in the royal court from abuse by the king. Francis, on the second leg of his first African tour, said Mass for tens of thousands of people huddled on muddy hillsides surrounding the soaring modern shrine made of iron and cone-shaped to resemble a hut of the Baganda tribe. Twenty-five Anglicans and 22 Catholic converts where killed during the persecutions, mostly by being burned to death, between 1884 and 1887 on the orders of King Buganda Mwanga II. The most famous of the Catholic converts and martyrs was Charles Lwanga, a prefect in the royal court who was in charge of the boy pages and was killed because he tried to protect the children from the sexual advances of the king.
Suicide bomber hits Shi'ite procession in Nigeria's Kano state
A male suicide bomber hit a procession of Shi'ite Muslims in Nigeria's Kano state as they walked to the city of Zaria to pay homage to their founder in the country, security sources and a Shi'ite leader said. Muhammad Turi said that 21 people had been killed and more wounded. The blast went off at around 2 p.m. local time (1300 GMT) near the village of Dakozoye outside the town of Garum Mallam, south of Nigeria's second city Kano.
Pope honours Ugandan martyrs on Africa tour
Vast crowds of Ugandans greeted Pope Francis on Saturday as he honoured Christians martyred for the faith on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa, which he dubbed "the continent of hope". Wild cheers and singing broke out as Francis arrived at the open air shrine. Over 100,000 people had waited from before dawn to attend the mass, a key highlight of his visit to Uganda.