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Thirteen new priests lie on the ground during a ceremony in which Pope Francis ordained them, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. / Pool photo by Andreas Solaro

Every weekend, USA TODAY takes a bite-sized look in approximately 180 characters per item at the past week's top stories from around the world.

Hostile bid

Thailand's military staged a coup while it was hosting a meeting of political rivals in a bid to resolve months of political deadlock.

Speaking up

Millions of voters across the European Union had their say in parliamentary elections. In Britain, the vote threatened to foreshadow a shake-up in the next general election.

Rising tide

A growing number of young Congolese are trying to create small businesses in the poor West African country to lift themselves - and their countrymen - out of poverty.

If you say so

Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would work with Ukraine's new government, which is holding presidential elections.

Traveling Pope

Pope Francis is traveling to the Middle East where he will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He will also travel to Jordan and Israel.

Wanted

The U.N. Security Council approved sanctions against Boko Haram, the terror organization that has killed hundreds in Nigeria and abducted more than 300 school girls last month.

No place like Homs

A lifetime ago, USA TODAY contributor Jabeen Bhatti went to Homs, Syria, as a tourist. She reflects on the ruined city.

Border uncontrol

Immigration officials found 9,800 people trying to cross EU borders in 2013 with false or stolen travel documents.

China attack

At least 31 people died and over 90 were injured when attackers drove two cars into shoppers, and threw explosives, at an open-air market in China.



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