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Pope, on Christmas Eve, says faith demands respect of immigrants

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis strongly defended immigrants at his Christmas Eve Mass on Sunday, comparing them to Mary and Joseph finding no place to stay in Bethlehem and saying faith demands that foreigners be welcomed. Francis, celebrating his fifth Christmas as leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman ...

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Rescuers search for Philippine storm victims as toll rises to 200

MANILA (Reuters) – Rescuers in the Philippines searched on Sunday for survivors of a storm that triggered floods and landslides and killed about 200 people, left scores missing and thousands homeless, most of whom apparently ignored warnings to move to safety. Misery in the largely Christian Philippines was compounded by ...

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Federal judge partially lifts Trump’s latest refugee restrictions

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge in Seattle partially blocked U.S. President Donald Trump’s newest restrictions on refugee admissions on Saturday, the latest legal defeat for his efforts to curtail immigration and travel to the United States. The decision by U.S. District Judge James Robart is the first judicial curb ...

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Israel frees three Turks arrested amid Jerusalem unrest

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – An Israeli court on Saturday freed without charge three Turks who had been arrested on suspicion of assaulting police outside a Jerusalem holy site contested by Jews and Muslims, a police spokesman said. The men – described by police as tourists – were taken into custody on ...

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Exclusive: ArcelorMittal tells Ilva it wants to change buying contract

ROME (Reuters) – Steelmaker ArcelorMittal has told commissioners running Italy’s Ilva plant that it wants changes made to the contract in which it agreed to buy the company in order to protect it from legal challenges in Italy. ArcelorMittal, the world’s top steelmaker, reached a 1.8-billion-euro ($2.1 billion) deal to ...

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Bitcoin falls 30 percent, posts worst week since 2013

NEW YORK/LONDON (Reuters) – Bitcoin plunged by 30 percent to below $12,000 on Friday as investors dumped the cryptocurrency after its sharp rise to a peak close to $20,000 prompted warnings by experts of a bubble. After falling to as low as $11,159, it recouped some losses to trade above ...

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