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Worries Rise as Pope and China Edge Closer to Deal on Bishops

Advertisement ROME — Pope Francis and his diplomats have been quietly pouring energy into negotiations with the Chinese government that could help end a decades-long dispute over control of the Catholic Church in the country. But as signs of a possible breakthrough have emerged — how bishops get ordained has ...

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Mexico nabs Zetas cartel leader Jose Maria Guizar Valencia

A screen shows a picture of Jose Maria Guizar Valencia, alias ‘El Z43’ and leader of Los Zetas drug cartel, as the head of the National Security Commission (CNS) Renato Salas (3-L) gives a press conference in Mexico City, Mexico, Feb. 9, 2018.(Photo: Mario Guzman, epa-efe) MEXICO CITY — Authorities ...

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19 police in Mexican state charged in kidnappings, killings

Police car with flash lights and signals.(Photo: GummyBone, Getty Images/iStockphoto) MEXICO CITY — Authorities in Mexico’s Gulf coast state of Veracruz announced charges Thursday of “forced disappearance” against 19 current or former state police officials and officers, saying they kidnapped and killed 15 innocent civilians. Veracruz Gov. Miguel Angel Yunes ...

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Thousands of ISIS Fighters Flee in Syria, Many to Fight Another Day

Advertisement WASHINGTON — Thousands of Islamic State foreign fighters and family members have escaped the American-led military campaign in eastern Syria, according to new classified American and other Western military and intelligence assessments, a flow that threatens to tarnish American declarations that the militant group has been largely defeated. As ...

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Kenya’s About-Face: Fear for Democracy as Dissent Is Muzzled

Advertisement NAIROBI — The most widely watched television stations in Kenya are shuttered, and the government has defied a court order to return them to the air. Opposition politicians are under arrest, and journalists have also been threatened with jail. And the government has officially designated some of its opponents ...

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