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Pope Francis to Visit Thailand, Japan in November

BANGKOK (AP) — Pope Francis will travel to Thailand and Japan in November for a visit expected to highlight his call for complete nuclear disarmament and honor the small Catholic communities in each country. The Vatican confirmed the Nov. 19-26 trip, and its diplomatic representative in Thailand, Archbishop Paul Tschang …

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Australia Presses Iran to Release 3 Citizens From Prison

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – Australia’s foreign minister says her government is pressing Iran to free three Australian citizens from a Tehran prison and she does not believe their arrests are related to Iran’s current conflicts with the West.  Foreign Minister Marise Payne told the Senate on Thursday that she has raised …

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Hong Kong Withdraws Extradition Bill that Sparked Protests

HONG KONG (AP) – Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced Wednesday the government will formally withdraw an extradition bill that sparked months of demonstrations, bowing to one of the protesters’ demands in the hope of ending the increasingly violent unrest.  But a pro-government lawmaker warned that the bill’s withdrawal was …

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