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Violence blights pope’s Easter peace appeal

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI appealed for peace in the world’s troublespots in his Easter Sunday message but one of the holiest days for Christians was marred by fresh violence in Nigeria and Syria. At least 20 people were killed in northern Nigeria in a car bombing outside a…

Easter bomb attack near Nigeria church kills at least 20

KADUNA, Nigeria — A car bomb blast outside a church in northern Nigeria on Easter Sunday killed at least 20 people and put the country on alert over fears of further attacks, rescue officials and residents said. The explosion, a stark reminder of Christmas Day attacks that left dozens of…