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Xi calls Duterte genuine friend, trusted partner

BEIJING – Chinese President Xi Jinping has lauded the robust relations between the Philippines and China despite the conflict in the South China Sea, saying he considers President Duterte a genuine friend and trusted partner. Xi and Duterte held bilateral talks at the Great Hall of the People Thursday and reaffirmed their commitment to further […]

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Blasts at Sri Lanka hotels, churches kill more than 160

COLOMBO (AFP) – A series of eight devastating bomb blasts ripped through high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services in Sri Lanka yesterday, killing more than 160 people, including dozens of foreigners. Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe condemned the attacks – the worst act of violence since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war a decade […]

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Pope: Live for God, not wealth

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis led the world’s Roman Catholics into Easter at a vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday night, urging the faithful to live not for transient things like wealth and success but for God. The largest church in Christendom was dark at the start of the long service as […]

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1 dead, 3 hurt in drive-by shooting in Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A drive-by shooting outside a nightclub in the Australian city of Melbourne inflicted “horrific injuries” that killed a security guard and wounded three men, police said yesterday, but there was no suggestion yet that the attack was terror-related. Australia has some of the world’s toughest gun control laws, adopted after its worst […]

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Sudan protesters present demands to military

KHARTOUM (AFP) – Sudanese protest organizsers presented demands, including the creation of a civilian government, in talks with the country’s new military rulers late Saturday, the group spearheading demonstrations said. Thousands remained encamped outside the army headquarters in the capital overnight to keep up the pressure on a military council that took power after ousting […]

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Gay mayor from America ‘Rust Belt’ to launch presidential bid

CHICAGO (AFP) – Pete Buttigieg, the gay, liberal mayor of a small American city in the conservative bastion of Indiana, was expected to officially launch his presidential bid Sunday, joining a crowded field of Democrats vying for their party’s nomination in 2020. The 37-year-old Rhodes scholar and Afghanistan war veteran is the two-term mayor of […]

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