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Naypyidaw and Vatican tie diplomatic knot

VATICAN (SE): It was announced on May 4 that the Vatican is tying the diplomatic knot with Naypyidaw at the same time that Pope Francis was meeting with the first counsellor of the Union of Myanmar, Aung San Suu Kyi, at the Sala Regia in the apostolic palace.
 

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Brothers’ part in euthanasia to be investigated

MANCHESTER (CNS): The Vatican is investigating the decision by a group of psychiatric care centres run by the Brothers of Charity in Belgium to permit doctors to euthanise non-terminal, mentally ill patients on its premises.
 
Brother Rene Stockman, the superior general of the congregation, said that Pietro Cardinal Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, is personally looking into the situation.
 

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The dilemma of no one left to vote for

HONG KONG (SE): In response to the question, “Who won the presidential election in France on May 6?” a reader glued to The Global Times on the mainland could well be forgiven for answering, “China!”
 
The paper trumpeted the success of Emmanuel Macron over Marine Le Pen as a victory for human civilisation, which can be credited with doing much to turn back the encroaching attack on humanity, which it also implied is being led by the likes of Le Pen.
 

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Peeved Le Pen takes aim at bishops and the pope

PARIS (SE): In taking a couple of rather pointed digs at the two candidates for the run off of the presidential election in France, Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen, the Conference of the Bishops of France isolated respect for the weakest members of society, migration and loyalty as citizens of Europe as the three main principles that people should seek to protect in casting their vote on May 7.

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Science trumped by political fiction

HONG KONG (SE): Fake news is an art form, but while the expression may be new, the reality is far from a modern creation. It has travelled under various labels for centuries.

In 1906, Winston Churchill spoke of political inexactitudes in the parliament, a euphemism for circumlocution—or in plain language, a lie.

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With this ring I do thee… dread

SYDNEY (SE): The issue of same sex marriage has usually been regarded as a religious, community or sociological matter in which discussion properly belongs first of all to the grassroots level of society and community organisations.

However, with the launch in Australia of a national campaign called Until We All Belong, it has been escalated to the level of a corporate issue, with players like Qantas, Foxtel, the Australia and New Zealand Banking Corporation, Google and eBay all calling for the closing of what is called the gap in marriage legislation.

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Pope faces tough challenge in Egypt