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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announces the disbandment of police operations against illegal drugs on Jan. 30 in Manila. (CNS photo/Ezra Acayan, Reuters)
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Catholic News ServiceApril 28, 2017
"Filing a complaint at the ICC is a good move for the whole world to know that crimes against humanity, seemingly sanctioned by the government, are being committed in this Christian country," said Bishop Bastes.
Jakarta Governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama flashes a "V" sign during a press conference in Jakarta, Indonesia, Wednesday, April 19, 2017. Unofficial results showed the minority Christian governor was resoundingly defeated Wednesday by his Muslim challenger, after a campaign that cracked open religious and racial divides in the world's most populous Muslim nation. (AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)
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The polarizing campaign gave hard-line Islamic groups a national stage and has undermined Indonesia's reputation for practicing a moderate form of Islam.
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Catholic News ServiceApril 19, 2017
Father Ignatius Rai, pastor of the cathedral parish, said "unknown persons" broke into the church premises and started a fire that partially damaged the priest's residence and the western part of the church.
Archbishop Socrates Villegas, head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, gestures during a 2014 news conference in Manila. (CNS photo/Simone Orendain) 
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"How many of our Catholics openly and blatantly declare, 'I am a Catholic, but I agree that drug addicts must be killed; they are useless,'" the archbishop said.
A boy sits amid debris after a 2016 fire destroyed shelters at a camp for people displaced by violence in Sittwe, Myanmar. (CNS photo/Soe Zeya Tun, EPA)
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Continued ethnic conflicts mar the fledgling democracy in Myanmar, which recently witnessed the inauguration of President U Htin Kyaw.
People watch a TV news program showing an image, published in North Korea's Rodong Sinmun newspaper, of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at the country's Sohae launch site, at Seoul Railway station in Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday, March 19, 2017. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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Catholic News ServiceMarch 31, 2017
Conditions have worsened for surviving Christians under the dictatorship of Kim Jong Un, said a priest working with North Korean refugees in China.