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Thursday, 27 March 2014 - 11:39
Obama to meet Pope during Rome visit
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US President Barack Obama is due to meet Pope Francis for the first time on the third leg of a European tour dominated by the crisis in Ukraine.

He flew into Rome after three days of talks with EU leaders in the Netherlands and Brussels.

Tensions are high following Russia's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Yesterday Obama said the US and the EU were considering deeper sanctions against Moscow if there were any further incursions.

Pro-Russian forces annexed the Crimean peninsula earlier this month following a referendum that Kiev and its Western allies consider illegal.
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