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Sunday, January 18, 2015
Except for a friend who chose to fly out to Hong Kong to sit out the papal visit, I don't know of anyone else who isn't ebullient about the coming of Pope Francis to the Philippines, or isn't interested in it, at the very least. It's as if this very public event is bringing a personal milestone to each person's life, no matter one's religion or atheism or agnosticism.
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In the aftermath of France's jihadist attacks, many have been left scratching their heads over how authorities can vaunt the importance of free speech while jailing people for comments that appear to “condone terrorism.”
A day before Pope Francis arrived in the Philippines, detained businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles arrived in court for her continuing trial on plunder and other charges wearing a yellow shirt bearing his image.
Saturday, January 17, 2015
“Peripheries” means “outskirts” or “margins,” and it appears quite often in Pope Francis' distinctively Latin American vocabulary. It stood out, for instance, in the brief intervention he made at the pre-conclave congregation in which the assembled cardinals discussed the situation of the Church and its urgent tasks. To appreciate how Francis uses the term is to understand who he is, what kind of Church he envisions, and why he has come to the Philippines at this time.
Missing airliner MH370 is “very likely” to be found if it lies in the undersea zone now being scoured, and is probably in good condition despite being submerged for 10 months, the Australian search chief told AFP.
More than a million people along with 44 world leaders rallied in Paris to proclaim liberty and call for press freedoms in the wake of the radical Islamist media massacre and subsequent terror attacks. The rallies were the biggest since the liberation of Paris from the Nazis in 1944. But while the Americans were a prominent part of the extraordinary events 70 years ago, this time around the U.S. was notably missing.
The river cries out to be cleaned even if Bharat isn't.
Friday, January 16, 2015
It seems to have played out exactly as Western powers hoped: sanctions and falling oil prices have hit Russia hard, presumably making Moscow more willing to compromise on the conflict in Ukraine.
There are no official candidates so far in the 2016 race for the White House, but one year ahead of the party primaries, the field is filling up, with new faces and some familiar names: Clinton, Bush and Romney.
The arrival in Europe of better but pricier hepatitis C drugs has raised pressure on Spanish leaders over health spending cuts that sufferers say deprive them of life-saving treatments.
  
  
  
  
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