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Vatican City: Pope Francis considers that the different realities in today's society, like children living with gay couples, represent a new educational challenge for the Catholic Church, above all when preaching the gospel.

That was one of the Argentine pontiff's messages in the Vatican last November at the closure of the 82nd General Assembly of the Union of Superiors General of men's religious institutions, cited by La Civilita Cattolica magazine, which published more of his observations Saturday.

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Ramallah: US Secretary of State John Kerry said Saturday that a progress was made in the peace talks after holding talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah.

"I thank President Abbas for the progress we made today and for the issues we have discussed," Xinhua quoted Kerry as saying in a joint press conference with chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat after meeting Abbas.

Kerry's Saturday meeting with Abbas in Ramallah was the second in less than 24 hours.

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Cambodian soldiers stand guard in front of a factory in Phnom Penh.

Phnom Penh: Cambodian riot police used tear gas to break up a protest camp in central Phnom Penh on Saturday, dismantling shelters that had been there for weeks.

The incident occurred a day after five people were killed when police clashed with a protest by striking garment factory workers demanding a higher minimum wage.

“Around 10:30 am Freedom Park was totally surrounded and half an hour later they entered and totally dismantled the park,” opposition legislator-elect Mu Sochua said.

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State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf.

Washington: The US has agreed with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the arrest of an Indian diplomat has caused hiccups in bilateral ties, but said it is now focused on getting the relationship back on really strong footing.

“When you hear the Secretary (of State) express regret about something that means everything hasn’t gone as it should,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters at her daily news conference on Friday.

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Cairo: At least 13 people were killed in clashes across Egypt during nationwide protests demanding the reinstatement of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsy.

The deaths Muslim Brotherhood activists were reported in capital Cairo, Alexandria, the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, Fayoum and Minya , Egyptian health ministry said on Friday.

Since Morsy’s ouster last year, his supporters have staged near-daily protests calling for his reinstatement, particularly after Friday prayers.

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Dhaka: Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Khaleda Zia Friday called upon countrymen to fully boycott the Jan 5 general elections, calling it a "stigmatised farce".

"No one at home and abroad will recognise it as elections and through this the Awami League government will appear anew as an illegal structure," the Daily Star quoted Zia, who heads the BNP-led 18-party opposition alliance, as saying in a statement Friday evening.

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New York: Governor Andrew Cuomo has declared a state of emergency across New York as a major winter storm has already started to bring heavy snow, sub-zero temperatures, and high winds across the state, an official statement said.

A state of emergency mobilises resources to local governments that otherwise are restricted to state use only, and allows the governor to suspend laws and regulations that would impede rapid response, Xinhua reported Thursday citing the statement.

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Jerusalem: US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Israel Thursday to push forward the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Kerry, visiting the region for the 10th time in last 9 months, will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in hope of achieving a framework agreement that would include an outline for a final agreement, Xinhua reported.

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Washington: Nearly six in 10 uninsured Americans who have visited a health insurance exchange website under President Barack Obama's signature healthcare overhaul in December say their experience was negative, according to a Gallup poll released Thursday.

The latest Gallup poll found that 39 per cent of uninsured Americans reported their experience with the new Obamacare health exchanges in December positive, 6 per cent points up from October and November, while 59 percent reported their experience negative, Xinhua reported.

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Gaza: Palestinian Hamas movement Thursday rejected the accusation by Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim that it was involved in an attack that killed 16 people in Egypt last month.

"The Egyptian national security is highly appreciated and respected by us and we cannot harm it in any way," Xinhua quoted Salah al- Bardaweel, an official of Hamas, the Islamic movement in control of the Gaza Strip since 2007, as saying.

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