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Indonesia Swears In President Who Ran On Promise Of Change

Indonesia has inaugurated its new president, Joko Widodo. Steve Inskeep talks tp Financial Times' correspondent Ben Bland about the man known as Jokowi, and the challenges he faces as he takes office.
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Catholic Synod Highlights Divisions, Sets Stage For Future Battles

Roman Catholic bishops openly addressed hot-button topics that included questions about gays and Catholics who are divorced or remarried. Rarely has a synod attracted such attention.
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Ebola In Church: A Reverend's Quarantine Spreads The Word

There's one place in Monrovia where people continue to gather together despite the threat of Ebola: Sunday church service. One reverend knows firsthand how the smallest mistake can be deadly.
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U.S. Airdrops Weapons, Ammo, Medical Supplies To Kurds In Kobani

In an effort assist Kurdish forces in the Syrian border town, the U.S. military said Sunday the dropped supplies were meant to help resistance to Islamic State efforts to control Kobani.
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An Urban Village Pops Up To Comfort Hong Kong Protesters

What began as a pro-democracy roadblock has grown into a combination street fair/art gallery, with an outdoor study hall, movie screenings, speeches — even a free library.
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Bishops Fail To Agree On Same-Sex Unions

Catholic bishops finished a two-week gathering at the Vatican on Saturday. Their discussions focused on the family and controversial issues, including gays and divorcees. But many were disappointed.
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U.N. Ebola Chief: We Are Working 'At Full Speed'

After criticism of a poor response to the Ebola crisis, the United Nations is establishing a management hub in Ghana. The head of UNMEER says the agency is in a race against the disease.
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Liberians Wonder If Duncan's Death Was A Result Of Racism

Thomas Eric Duncan, a Liberian national, died of Ebola in an American hospital. But white American patients have survived. Some Liberians believe racism is the reason for Duncan's demise.
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Saudi Cleric's Death Sentence Focuses Shia Anger On Ruling Family

Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr spoke out on behalf of Saudi Shia demonstrating against government discrimination in 2011 and 2012. Protesters promise more unrest if Nimr is killed.
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Vatican Bishops Scrap Opening To Gays, Divorced Members

Earlier this week an interim summary of the synod on family issues included conciliatory language on gays and on the taking of holy communion for divorced church members.

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