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Pope Francis on Sunday urged the warring factions in Central African Republic to lay down their weapons as he brought a message of peace to a country ravaged by sectarian violence. As his plane touched down, those waiting burst into cheers and singing as he began a 24-hour visit to one of Africa's poorest and most unstable countries on a trip that has had his security detail working overtime. For the short ride to the presidential palace, Francis travelled in his open-topped popemobile, with huge crowds, many of them children and young people, cheering wildly as he passed, some waving branches in a sign of peace.
By Alastair Macdonald and Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS (Reuters) - British Prime Minister David Cameron expects a "substantive discussion" with fellow EU leaders next month on his demands for reforms of the bloc, officials said after talks on Sunday with the EU's chief negotiator. "All EU leaders will have a substantive discussion of the UK renegotiation at next month's European Council as planned," Cameron's office said in a statement after he met European Council President Donald Tusk following an EU meeting in Brussels. EU officials echoed the British statement that there had been "good progress" in negotiations aimed at persuading Cameron that he can urge voters to support continued membership of the European Union in a referendum he plans within two years.