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Three churches have been firebombed in Chile on the first full day of Pope Francis’ visit to Chile. Including the latest fires, nine churches have been attacked in Chile since January 12.

While not causing any injuries, the firebombings have marked an unprecedented level of protest against history’s first Latin American pope on his home turf.

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  • WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

Glowing-red lava spurted in a fountain and flowed down the Philippines’ most active volcano Tuesday in a stunning display of its fury that has sent more than 34,000 villagers fleeing to safety. Police set up checkpoints to stop tourists from getting too close.

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the lava flowed as much as 1.2 miles from the often cloud-shrouded crater of Mount Mayon, while ash fell on several villages in northeastern Albay province.

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Turkey’s president denounced U.S. plans to form a 30,000-strong Kurdish-led border security force in Syria, vowing to “drown this army of terror before it is born,” as Russia and Syria also rejected the idea.

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  • INTERNATIONAL

Moscow sent a military unit to Crimea that includes its powerful S-400 ground-to-air missile defense system.

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  • AMERICAS

When Jonathan Scheuer got an alert on his phone of a ballistic missile headed for Hawaii, he and his family did not know what to do. They went to their guest bedroom, then decided it would be safer on the ground floor of their Honolulu home.

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  • TERRORISM & SECURITY

Two suicide bombings rocked Baghdad on Monday, killing 38 people in the deadliest attack since Iraq declared victory over the Islamic State group last month, and raising fears ahead of national elections planned for May.

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  • MIDDLE EAST

Tunisian authorities announced plans to boost aid to the needy in a bid to placate protesters whose demonstrations over price hikes degenerated into days of unrest across the North African nation, which is marking seven years on Sunday since its long-time autocratic ruler was driven into exile.

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  • WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

More than half a billion people rely on the ocean for food and 350 million use it to make a living.

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  • AMERICAS

The quake jolted people awake as far away as the capital city of Lima, some 350 miles from the epicenter.

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  • SOCIETY & LIFESTYLES

The number of homeless living in Orange County, California, has climbed 8 percent over the last two years. In the United States, homelessness rose slightly in the last year to nearly 554,000, pushed up largely by increases on the West Coast.

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  • CRIME & PUNISHMENT

“You can’t sleep peacefully in so much darkness.”

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  • GEOPOLITICS

Chancellor Angela Merkel secured a preliminary agreement to enter formal coalition talks with a center-left party, but her prospective partner now faces a tough task to sell it to skeptical supporters.

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  • WEATHER & ENVIRONMENT

More than two full days after mudslides ravaged the coastal town of Montecito, the search for missing persons has become an increasingly desperate exercise, with growing doubts about whether anyone will be found alive. Seventeen people from ages 3 to 89 were confirmed dead, and more than 40 others were unaccounted for.

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  • ASIA

Governments from Washington to Moscow to New Delhi are uneasy that Beijing is trying to use its “Belt and Road” to develop a China-centered political structure that will erode their influence.

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  • ECONOMY & PERSONAL FINANCE

The retailer said that changes to its compensation and benefits policy will impact more than a million hourly workers in the United States.

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  • ASIA

It has been more than a decade since the leaders of the two Koreas have held a summit. Could it happen now?

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  • MIDDLE EAST

Anger and frustration over the economy have been the main fuel for the eruption of protests that began on December 28.

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  • ECONOMY & PERSONAL FINANCE

“We simply can’t keep taking on credit card debt forever without it causing major problems,” senior analyst Matt Schulz warned.

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  • ASIA

The leading reason students kill themselves is failure of an examination, yet other reasons include fear of failure overall, health problems, and students being forced into careers they do not want.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that flu activity is widespread in all but four states in the nation. In California, it is so rampant that pharmacies have run out of flu medicines and the death toll is rising.

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  • MIDDLE EAST

Iran’s foreign minister warned neighboring countries over provoking insecurity in Iran in a reference to anti-government protests that have roiled the country over the past two weeks.

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  • GEOPOLITICS

The presidents of China and France promised closer cooperation January 9 on climate, counter-terrorism and other issues as their governments try to gain influence in a shifting global political landscape.

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  • ECONOMY & PERSONAL FINANCE

At first glance, that is a bit of a paradox: a buoyant economy should help reduce unemployment, stoking wages and consumer prices. But in the wake of a near-decade economic crisis that saw unemployment in many parts of the region jump dramatically, that economic transmission mechanism appears to have broken down, for now at least, with workers still too wary to ask for big wage gains.

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  • HEALTH ISSUES

Children infected by the Zika virus face an increased number of health problems as they age, according to a study by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  • EUROPE

French President Emmanuel Macron came out strongly in support of press freedom and announced a bill to combat the spread of fake news during election campaigns.

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  • AMERICAS

The declaration renewed anxiety and uncertainty that has long shadowed the bright green leafy drug still forbidden under federal law but now legal in a majority of states as medicine and in a handful of those for recreational purposes.

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