While you were sleeping: Pope's Easter message, tension over Gaza protests, slams Amazon

While you were sleeping: Pope's Easter message, tension over Gaza protests, slams Amazon
While you were sleeping: Pope's Easter message, tension over Gaza protests, Trump slams Amazon

While you were sleeping is a rundown of overnight headlines to get you started in the morning.

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Published on: April 1, 2018 | Last Updated: April 1, 2018 8:34 AM EDT

Pope Francis delivers his traditional 'Urbi et Orbi' Blessing from the central balcony overlooking St. Peter's Square on April 1, 2018 in Vatican City, Vatican. Franco Origlia / Getty Images

On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis in his Easter Sunday message called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, “beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria,” and extending to the entire Middle East, the Korean peninsula and parts of Africa affected by “hunger, endemic conflicts and terrorism.”

Francis reflected on the power of Christianity’s core belief — that Jesus rose from the dead following crucifixion — in his formal “Urbi et Orbi” Easter message delivered from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to a packed square below. The pontiff said the message of the resurrection offers hope in a world “marked by so many acts of injustice and violence.”

— The Associated Press

Israeli and Palestinian leaders blamed each other for the deaths of at least 16 Palestinians who were part of a mass protest along the Gaza border on Friday, with each side lobbing threats of escalating the violence. Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel was “fully responsible” for killing his countrymen, and a video appearing to show an unarmed teenager being gunned down by Israeli sniper fire circulated on Palestinian media.

The Israeli army argued that Gazan militants were using civilian protesters as cover as they fired at soldiers and tried to lay explosives near the border fence. The protest peaked at some 30,000 participants Friday and will run for the next six weeks. Abbas said Palestinians needed international protection from Israel, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for an independent inquiry into the killings.

Overnight Saturday, the U.S. blocked a Security Council resolution blasting the Israeli response in Gaza and calling for an investigation. Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman accused the international community of hypocrisy and said there would be no inquiry.

— Bloomberg News

President Donald lit into Amazon.com for the second time in three days with a pair of Twitter messages on Saturday that said the online retailer “must pay real costs (and taxes) now!” The president claimed, citing reports he didn’t specify, that the U.S. Postal Service “will lose $1.50 on average for each package it delivers for Amazon” and added that the “Post Office scam must stop.” Amazon has said the postal service, which has financial problems stretching back for years, makes money on its deliveries.

Amazon shed $53 billion in market value on Wednesday after Axios reported that the president is “obsessed” with regulating the e-commerce giant, whose founder and chief executive officer, Jeff Bezos, also owns the Washington Post newspaper. Those losses were pared on Thursday, the final day of a shortened trading week, even as tweeted that Amazon was using the postal service as its “Delivery Boy.”

— Bloomberg News

While you were sleeping is a rundown of overnight headlines to get you started in the morning.

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