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A beaming Daniel Ricciardo secured his maiden career pole position and a clear tactical advantage when he produced a stunning fastest lap for Red Bull in Saturday's incident-packed qualifying session for Sunday's Monaco Grand Prix. The 26-year-old Australian, driving with supreme aplomb, mastered the unforgiving barrier-lined Monte Carlo street circuit with a best lap in one minute and 13.622 seconds, a time he set using a set of 'super soft' tyres, considered to be more durable and less adhesive than the 'ultra softs' used by his rivals. It was enough to beat both Mercedes drivers comprehensively, championship leader German Nico Rosberg winding up second, behind him by 0.291 seconds, and defending three-time champion Briton Lewis Hamilton third, after suffering more engine problems that restricted his running in Q3.
Pope Francis on Saturday clutched the life-jacket of a drowned girl as he met with children whose parents died during deadly boat crossings, at the end of a week of major tragedies in the Mediterranean. "I want to ask the pope to pray for my family, which is now in heaven, and my friends, also in heaven, who died in the water," Nigerian adolescent Siander said as the pontiff bowed his head in prayer. The pope met migrant minors as well as Italian youngsters who let off dozens of white balloons inside Vatican grounds.
As the summer beach season opens in the United States, at least one expert is predicting an increase in shark attacks around the world this year that will surpass last year's record number. "We should have more bites this year than last," George Burgess, director of the International Shark Attack File at the University of Florida, said in an interview shortly before the Memorial Day holiday weekend that signals the unofficial start of America's summer vacation - and beach - season. In 2015, there were 98 shark attacks, including six fatalities, according to Burgess.