Taiwan's EVA Airways signed a deal on Tuesday worth more than $6 billion for 26 Boeing jetliners, making it the island's biggest ever single commercial plane purchase. The Taiwanese carrier will buy 18 787-10 Dreamliners -- Boeing's most recent model in its family of long-haul jets -- and two 777-300ER (extended-range) aircraft. The agreement also gives EVA Airways the option to buy six more 787s.
By Philip Pullella and George Obulutsa NAIROBI (Reuters) - Pope Francis called on Wednesday for ethnic and religious reconciliation at the start of his first tour of Africa, where he will address a fast-growing Catholic population and seek to heal Christian-Muslim divisions. The trip will see the head of the Catholic Church travel to Kenya and Uganda, both victim of Islamist militant attacks, and the Central African Republic, a country torn apart by Muslim-Christian strife. In a speech delivered shortly after arriving in Kenya, the pope urged world leaders to pursue responsible economic development and to protect nature for future generations.