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By Joseph Campbell PYONGYANG (Reuters) - On the first day of North Korea's biggest political gathering in 36 years on Friday, the closest visiting foreign journalists got to the action was across the street, hundreds of meters from the hall where the Seventh Workers' Party Congress was taking place. Inside the venue, an imposing stone hall the size of two soccer pitches, North Korea's 33-year-old leader Kim Jong Un was presumed to be kicking off an event where he is expected to outline his "Byongjin" policy of simultaneous pursuit of nuclear weapons and economic growth. When journalists returned to the press center at their hotel, cloistered on an island on the Taedong River, four large flat screen TVs had been turned on for the first time.
DUBLIN (Reuters) - Enda Kenny was re-elected Ireland's Prime Minister on Friday to end 10 weeks of political deadlock, when his biggest rival abstained to allow the formation of a minority government supported by independent lawmakers. After suffering heavy losses at the Feb. 26 election, Kenny's center-right Fine Gael party returned to power with the backing of nine independent lawmakers. Fine Gael's main rival, Fianna Fail, has agreed to abstain on key votes until the end of 2018. (Reporting by Padraic Halpin; editing by John Stonestreet)
Pakistan Friday appointed South African Mickey Arthur as head coach of their national cricket team, replacing Waqar Younis who resigned after a disastrous World Twenty20 last month. Arthur "has confirmed his acceptance of the post of Head Coach of the Pakistan National Cricket team" after a "detailed and transparent process", the PCB said in a statement. It is expected that Arthur will be able to join the PCB toward the end of this month," the statement continued.