Morning Briefing, International

by Joshua J. McElwee

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Welcome back to your weekly international edition of the daily briefing, where we highlight a little of what's going on around the world.

First, from NCR:

Francis 'rewriting Italian church history' with visit to priests' tombs in June

Knights of Malta leaders recommend election of temporary head of order

In TED talk, pope urges people to make real connections

Religious freedom abroad deteriorates, with few exceptions

And from Global Sisters Report:

Good Shepherd Sisters empower women to escape Thailand's sex tourism trade

Talitha Kum Thailand educates teens on the threat of human trafficking

France’s election:

Will France elect its own Barack Obama?

From economic woes to terrorism, a daunting to-do list for France's next president

Slain officer's partner appeals for peace as France honors Champs-Elysees attack victim

A middle way forward for a divided France? Macron voters hope so.

Brexit and Britain’s election:

Merkel Warns Against U.K. 'Illusions' in Hard-Line Brexit Speech

Britain needs fighting 'Plan B' for trade as EU turns screws on Brexit

'Plaster may fall off the ceiling': Britain sees tough EU talks

'Have a little swagger',CEOs tell PM May in bid to make Brexit pay

British foreign minister: UK 'ready to join strikes on Assad's Syrian regime'

Parts far and wide:

Syrian Scientists Made Sarin Used in Chemical Attacks, France Claims

Syria war: 'Israeli strike' hits military site near Damascus airport

Nuclear tests will 'never stop,' North Korean government official says

Venezuela says it will split from OAS as unrest continues

Turkey deports foreigners working with Syrian refugees

From Italy with love:

Italy's 5-Star builds policies and poll lead as rivals struggle

Italy Prepares Bridge Loan to Keep Alitalia Flying

Tunnels to the sky: Photographer captures Italy's hidden courtyards

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[Joshua J. McElwee is NCR Vatican correspondent. His email address is Follow him on Twitter: @joshjmac.]

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