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              Andreas Widmer shakes the hand of Pope John Paul II before leaving the Swiss Guard. "I know a saint," Mr. Widmer said with a laugh. "I'm becoming a secondary relic."

              In the company of a saint: Catholics gear up for a rare double canonization

              By Meredith Somers - The Washington Times

              Andreas Widmer spent two years at the side of Pope John Paul II as part of the elite papal security force known as the Swiss Guard. On Sunday, he will be one of the thousands of people in Vatican City for the canonization of his mentor.

              Gaza's Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh, during a press conference following the announcement of an agreement between the two rival Palestinian groups, Hamas and Fatah, at Haniyeh's residence in Shati Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip, Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Hamas and Fatah made a new attempt Wednesday to overcome the Palestinians' political split, saying they would seek to form an interim unity government within five weeks, followed by general elections by December at the earliest.  It was not clear how the new attempt announced Wednesday would succeed where previous ones failed, since the fundamental difficulties remain in place. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)

              Rival Palestinian’s unity deal a blow to struggling Mideast peace process

              By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times

              U.S. and Israeli officials slammed the unity agreement announced Wednesday by rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas, saying it would strain whatever thread of hope was left in the ailing Israeli-Palestinian peace process that Secretary of State John F. Kerry has sought to foster over the past nine months.

              A GOP strategist said that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a former boxer and ex-chairman of the powerful Nevada Gaming Commission, likely relishes being "best bodyguard that president Obama has." (Associated Press)

              Wild about Harry: In Republican’s hunt for Senate, its all about Reid

              By Seth McLaughlin - The Washington Times

              Hoping to galvanize their base further, Republicans are casting the midterm elections as a golden opportunity to fire Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who has served as lead blocker for President Obama’s liberal agenda on Capitol Hill and chief opponent of GOP legislation.

              A Ukrainian soldier carries a box with ammunition as Ukrainian army troops receive ammunition in a field on the outskirts of Izyum, Eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

              Sold out: Ukraine’s leadership swapped best military weapons for cash

              By Rowan Scarborough - The Washington Times

              The woeful state of Ukraine’s military can be blamed on corruption, Kiev’s shaky commitment to national defense and a policy of selling the best weapons to gain cold hard cash, analysts say.

              White House press secretary Jay Carney gestures as he speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Carney discussed the Ukraine and that the media will not have access to President Barack Obama's meeting with senior advisors where he will also observe a moment of silence to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, and other topics. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

              ISTOOK: Obama’s sleight of hand hides hidden government’s work

              By Ernest Istook

              Call it distraction. Illusion. Or just cry out, “Squirrel!” While an army of reporters flocks to the White House Press Room to hear Jay Carney’s insults and misdirections, an army of bureaucrats are doing the real work of Barack Obama’s presidency, laboring in obscurity.

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