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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.
Pope Francis said Friday he dreamed of a Europe in which "being a migrant is not a crime", as he urged EU leaders to "tear down the walls" and build a fairer society. "Today more than ever, their vision inspires us to build bridges and tear down walls," he told a Vatican audience including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been at the centre of the EU's attempts to resolve its biggest refugee crisis since the war ended in 1945. "I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime but a summons to greater commitment on behalf of the dignity of every human being," he said.