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Catholic “Walk for Life” opposes Duterte policies

February 18, 2017 - PHILIPPINES

Catholic bishops will stage a “Walk for Life” in Manila to oppose drug-related killings, the death penalty, and other measures labeled by the Catholic Church as “anti-life,” including proposed laws on divorce and same-sex unions.

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NATO summit to discuss reinforcement

February 15, 2017 - BELGIUM

NATO defense ministers meet in Brussels to manage the biggest reinforcement of
the Alliance since the Cold War. The new U.S. Secretary of Defense, retired Gen. James Mattis, will be under scrutiny to see if he is still NATO-friendly.

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70th anniversary BAFTA opens at new venue

February 12, 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM

For the first time in 10 years, the red carpet for the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) will not be rolled out at the Royal Opera House in London: the Royal Albert Hall, also in London, is the new venue. The Hollywood musical La La Land leads the nominations.

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Legislators vote for Frank-Walter Steinmeier as president

February 12, 2017 - GERMANY

Federal and state legislators elect the country’s 16th president. The vote is a formality because the ruling coalition agreed in November on a joint candidate, Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The vote might be good news for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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Politically-important state of Uttar Pradesh holds 5-stage legislative election

February 11, 2017 - INDIA

Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, elects its 403-seat assembly. The state’s influence on national politics makes the vote one to watch. The assembly holds 80 seats in the 545-seat Indian Lower House of Parliament, and has provided a high number of the country’s leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is also likely to reveal the shape of the 2019 general election. The caste system looms as a dominant issue, along with Modi’s controversial decision to abolish high-denomination banknotes.

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Ziggy Stardust born in London pub 45 years ago

February 10, 2017 - UNITED KINGDOM

A concert at London’s Toby Jug pub gave birth on Feb 10, 1972, to Ziggy Stardust – David Bowie’s androgynous Martian rock star come to Earth in its dying days. The 45th anniversary of the gig that bedazzled the audience and created an enduring fan base, falls one month after the first anniversary of Bowie’s death on Jan 10, 2016 and is likely to continue to boost sales of his music.

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Colombia government to begin peace talks with ELN rebels

February 7, 2017 - COLOMBIA

Colombia’s government will begin long-delayed formal peace talks with the country’s second-biggest rebel group, the National Liberation Army (ELN), after the guerrillas agreed to release a politician being held hostage. The talks will take place in the Ecuadorian capital, Quito.

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