At the Vatican, can Trump and Pope Francis put a rocky start behind them?

The two have clashed on issues ranging from global warming to migration, but during a symbolic first meeting they’ll be on their best behavior

One man wakes up before dawn each day for hours of prayer and meditation, eschews television and vacations, and has decried the morally bankrupting temptations of wealth, vanity and pride.

The other begins each morning feasting on morning cable news shows, has played golf more than 21 times and visited his luxury Florida resort seven times since becoming the US president, and delights in publicly eviscerating his enemies.

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Gregg Popovich’s finest coaching season with the Spurs ended in a 0-4 sweep

The San Antonio coach has led the team to five NBA championships but taking a team depleted by injuries and a retirement to the Conference finals was something else

The San Antonio Spurs’ season is over eight wins short of the franchise’s sixth championship, swept by the Golden State Warriors and outscored by 84 points over the final three and one half games of the Western Conference Finals. So concludes the finest coaching performance in Gregg Popovich’s 21 seasons leading the Spurs.

San Antonio’s line-up for their Game 4 defeat showed how little Popovich had to work with at the end. Patty Mills, Danny Green, Jonathon Simmons, what’s left of LaMarcus Aldridge and then Manu Ginobili getting an honorary start for what may have been his final game in a remarkable NBA career. On the sidelines was MVP candidate Kawhi Leonard, out with an ankle injury since late in the first half of Game 1 when Golden State’s Zaza Pachulia accidentally undercut him (or committed basketball “manslaughter”, depending on your point of view).

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The economy is stagnant because people fear for the future | Robert Shiller

Consumers are reluctant to spend because of new technologies that could eventually replace many or most of their jobs

Since the “Great Recession” of 2007-09, the world’s major central banks have kept short-term interest rates at near-zero levels. In the United States, even after the Federal Reserve’s recent increases, short-term rates remain below 1%, and long-term interest rates on major government bonds are similarly low. Moreover, major central banks have supported markets at a record level by buying up huge amounts of debt and holding it.

Why is all this economic life support necessary, and why for so long?

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Opec oil producers poised to extend production cuts

Vienna meeting almost certain to prolong curbs but analysts say tougher reductions in output are unlikely

The world’s major oil countries will almost certainly extend production cuts by a further nine months at a crunch meeting this week, though they are thought highly unlikely to toughen the curbs.

A landmark deal by Opec and non-Opec members, including Russia, to reduce output by 1.8m barrels a day and shore up the oil price, is due to expire at the end of June.

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Nicky Hayden obituary

Former MotoGP champion considered one of the great motorcycle racers of the modern era

Nicky Hayden, who has died following a cycling accident aged 35, was one of the greatest motorcycle racers of the modern era. He came from humble beginnings in Owensboro, Kentucky, to win the 2006 MotoGP world championship, defeating the reigning champion Valentino Rossi in an unforgettable final-race showdown.

Like most riders from the US, Hayden started out in dirt track, wrestling bikes around loosely surfaced oval circuits and learning the art of throttle control. It is no coincidence that many European racers, including Rossi and the reigning MotoGP champion Marc Márquez, now include this discipline in their training regimes.

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