Pope, pilgrims follow 'the Way'
RIO DE JANEIRO -- Pope Francis presided over one of the most solemn rites of the Catholic Church on Friday, a procession re-enacting Christ's crucifixion, that received a Broadway-like treatment befitting its improbable location, Rio's hedonistic Copacabana beach.
Copacabana, which hosts Carnival and Rolling Stones concerts, lived up to its reputation by staging a wildly theatrical telling of the Way of the Cross. Pope Francis looked on silently.
The procession is one of the mainstay events of World Youth Day, designed to remind young Catholics about the root of their faith that Jesus Christ died to forgive their sins. Pope Francis drove home that message at the start of Friday, hearing the confessions of five young pilgrims in a Rio park.
Later, Pope Francis met privately with a few juvenile detainees, a priority ever since his days as archbishop of Buenos Aires and an expression of his belief that the church must reach out to the most marginalized and forgotten of society.
Killing linked to al-Qaida
TUNIS, Tunisia -- The government Friday blamed a violent Islamist extremist cell linked to al-Qaida for the killing of a top Tunisian political opposition leader and identified the chief suspect as Boubakr Hakim, a Parisian-born jihadist and arms smuggler, as the person who also had killed an opposition figure in February. Police said he used the same automatic pistol in both assassinations.
The assertions, made by Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou, came as outrage simmered over the killing of the opposition leader, Mohammed Brahmi, an outspoken liberal politician, outside his home Thursday.
The assassination of Mr. Brahmi, an outspoken critic of Ennahda, the moderate Islamist party in power, has plunged Tunisia into a new political crisis.
Train conductor arrested
SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA, Spain -- A veteran train conductor with a zest for speed was arrested in his hospital room in northwestern Spain where investigators are trying to determine whether reckless behavior caused a train wreck this week that left dozens of passengers dead, the authorities said Friday.
The conductor, Francisco José Garzón Amo, 52, is the focus of a criminal investigation, according to Jaime Iglesias, the national police commander from Galicia who said at a news conference that investigators were waiting for his condition to improve to start questioning him about the crash.
China to curb production
BEIJING -- China ordered more than 1,400 companies in 19 industries to cut excess production capacity this year, part of efforts to shift toward slower, more sustainable economic growth.
Steel, ferroalloys, electrolytic aluminum, copper smelting, cement and paper are among areas affected, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said in a statement Thursday,.
China's extra production has helped drive down industrial goods prices and put companies' profits at risk.
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