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Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea

BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons in waters crucial for global commerce and rich in fish and potential oil and gas reserves: ___ EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a weekly look at the latest developments in the South ...

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Merkel’s Bavarian allies brace for bruising in state election

By Michael Nienaber BERLIN, Oct 14 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies are heading for their worst state election result in more than 60 years in a regional vote on Sunday that is likely to increase tensions within Germany’s fragile coalition government. According to the latest polls, the Christian Social Union (CSU) should win around 34 percent of the ...

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Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse

VATICAN CITY >> Pope Francis today defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he’s responding to the church’s global sex abuse crisis, he publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican’s unusually detailed statement announcing the laicization of retired Archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus and retired Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes ...

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Brazil far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is ‘fomenting violence’, rival says

Brazil’s far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro is “fomenting violence”, his leftist rival Fernando Haddad said in an interview. Haddad, trailing in the polls ahead of an October 28 run-off, argued against Bolsonaro’s pledge to ease gun laws for citizens to combat rampant insecurity and highlighted contentious remarks Bolsonaro has made. “My adversary foments violence, including a culture of rape,” Haddad ...

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US charity school in Liberia caught up in rape scandal

MONROVIA: An acclaimed US charity operating in Liberia has admitted to major failings after girls at a school set up to save them from a life of sexual exploitation were systematically raped. “We are profoundly, deeply sorry,” the charity More Than Me said on its website on Saturday after US investigative media said girls at a pioneering school in a ...

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