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Apple shifts iCloud services in China to local firm
BEiIJING (SE): Apple will move the operation of its iCloud services in China to its partner company, the government-owned Guizhou-Cloud Big Data Industry (GBCD) on February 28. 
UCAN reported that the tech giant made the move to comply with new cybersecurity regulations laid out by Beijing. 
 

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Abuse case of Chilean bishop to be reviewed
VATICAN (CNS): Pope Francis asked Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, a longtime expert in handling abuse allegations, to gather new information in Chile concerning Bishop Juan Barros of Osorno.
 
The Vatican said in a communiqué on January 30 that Pope Francis decided to send the archbishop to the Chilean capital of Santiago “to listen to those who expressed a willingness to submit information in their possession,” the communiqué said. 

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Duterte names new envoy to the Vatican
MANILA (SE): Grace Relucio-Princesa, has been named as the new Philippine ambassador to the Holy See by the president, Rodrigo Duterte, Vatican News reported on January 23.
 
Relucio-Princesa is currently the assistant secretary of the Department Legislative Liaison Unit and the president of the Department of Foreign Affairs Ladies Foundation.
 

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Nigeria under siege from many forces
LAGOS (CNS): Nigeria’s bishops condemned what they call brutal massacres of innocent people with at least 80 people killed since the start of the year in conflict over fertile land.
 

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Radicals stage protest at Catholic school
Mumbai (AsiaNews): A group of radicals in Madhya Pradesh staged a protest on January 15 against a Catholic school, run by the Sisters of St Joseph of Chambery for reprimanding two unruly students.
 

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Philippine rebels declare Christmas truce
MANILA (UCAN): Church leaders in The Philippines have welcomed ceasefire declarations from both the government and insurgents from the Communist-led New People’s Army (NPA), expressing hope that this would lead to the resumption of peace talks.
 

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Church opens on Nineveh Plains
TELLESKUF (SE): The Christian community of Telleskuf on the Nineveh Plains in Iraq gathered on December 14 for the re-consecration of the first Chaldean Catholic Church of St. George since the expulsion of the Islamic State from the region.
 

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Arrests at abortion clinic
WASHINGTON (SE): Father Stephen Imbarrato, from of Priests for Life, together with Julia Haag and Joan McKee, was arrested inside an abortion clinic in Washington DC in the United States of America on December 4, during what he calls the Red Rose Rescue.
 

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Complaints against Qatar shelved
DOHA (AsiaNews): The International Labour Organisation has concluded that the pressure that has been put on Qatar to improve the treatment of migrant workers labouring on the building of facilities for the 2022 World Cup has been successful.
 

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