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Vatican asks US Ambassador, not Biden, attend Pope burial

Washington, US | THE INDEPENDENT | With his pro war and pro abortion policies, US President Joe Biden has long been a figure of controversy. This controversy deepens when one assesses his status as a Catholic. In an interview of sorts in 2021, Pope Benedict XVI himself apparently remarked on …

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Thousands pay their last respects to Pele in Brazil

Santos, Brazil | Xinhua | Thousands of people gathered Monday in the Brazilian city of Santos to bid farewell to football legend Edson Arantes do Nascimento, better known as Pele, who died at 82 on Thursday from colon cancer. His wake was being held at the Urbano Caldira Stadium, the home …

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General Assembly approves UN regular budget for 2023

United Nations, USA | Xinhua | The General Assembly on Friday approved an annual regular budget for the United Nations of about 3.396 billion U.S. dollars. The 2023 budget is higher than that of 2022, which stood at 3.122 billion dollars. The regular budget covers UN activities across a range of areas, …

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Germany logs second hottest year on record

Berlin, Germany | Xinhua | Germany recorded its hottest year in 2022 with an annual mean temperature of 10.5 degrees Celsius, the National Meteorological Service (DWD) said on Friday. The country saw an “exceptional weather year,” the DWD said. Temperatures were 2.3 degrees Celsius above the value of the internationally valid reference …

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The world reacts to Pele’s death

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil | Xinhua | Following are reactions to the death of Brazilian football legend Pele. The only player to win the FIFA World Cup three times died aged 82 on Thursday after a battle with cancer. FIFA PRESIDENT GIANNI INFANTINO “His legacy is impossible to summarize in words. “To …

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