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Catholics see rise in numbers in Asia and Africa

The number of Catholic priests and believers in the world is on the rise, a Vatican report showed on Monday, with gains in Africa and Asia offsetting a slump in Europe and the Americas. The world’s Catholics rose from 1.196 billion to 1.214 billion between 2010 and 2011, an increase…

U.S. military reaches further into Asia

The United States is forging ahead with plans to expand its military power in Asia, with the Philippines and other allies welcoming troops and the Pentagon devoting funds to design cutting-edge weapons. Despite pressure to curb spending, President Barack Obama has made clear that he will put a top priority on maintaining the US military’s dominant role…

U.N.: HIV drives families into ‘irreversible poverty’

Tens of thousands of HIV-affected households in Asia are facing “irreversible poverty” because of the cost of living with the disease, with women and children hardest hit, a UN report said Thursday. Catastrophic healthcare costs and the loss of employment opportunities due to widespread discrimination mean that many HIV-positive households…

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