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Pope canonises murdered Salvadoran Archbishop and Pope who enshrined Church opposition to contraception

Pope canonises murdered Salvadoran Archbishop and Pope who enshrined Church opposition to contraceptionPope Francis has canonised Pope Paul VI and Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero, two of the most contested figures of the Catholic Church in the 20th century, who both had a powerful influence over his papacy.   In a ceremony on Sunday that drew more than 70,000 people to St Peter’s Square, Francis also presided over the canonisation of five other, including the German founder of a religious congregation, the Spanish founder of another order, two Italian priests and a teen-ager.   “All these saints, in different contexts, put today’s word into practice in their lives, without lukewarmness, without calculation, with the passion to risk everything and to leave it all behind,” Pope Francis said in his homily.   A Latin American icon, Archbishop Romero vocally opposed military oppression of El Salvador's right-wing government and was gunned down during Mass in a hospital chapel in March 1980.  He was remembered by Francis in his homily as a man who “left the security of the world, even his own safety, in order to give his life according to the Gospel, close to the poor and to his people, with a heart drawn to Jesus and his brothers and sisters.” Romero was shot dead by gunmen linked to right-wing death squads, a day after telling an army made up largely of peasants that they were killing their own people.  Paul VI guided the Church trough one of its most turbulent modern periods and was the first Pope who travelled abroad, starting a new tradition for his successors.  Faced with the issue of whether to change the Church’s longstanding opposition to artificial birth control, Paul VI issued his landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae in 1968, delivering a strong “no” to change and reaffirming the Church’s position on contraception.



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Scott Senate campaign calls opposition ad 'dangerous' in light of hurricane

Scott Senate campaign calls opposition ad 'dangerous' in light of hurricaneAn ad produced by a political action committee supporting Bill Nelson claims the Florida governor cut funding to education while giving tax breaks to the rich.



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Capitol Hill protests mark rising wave of Kavanaugh opposition

Capitol Hill protests mark rising wave of Kavanaugh oppositionThree days after Mitch McConnell vowed to “plow right through” the opposition to Brett Kavanaugh and install him on the Supreme Court, the halls of Congress filled with protesters invigorated by the latest allegations against the nominee.



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Syria's government and opposition welcome Idlib deal

Syria's government and opposition welcome Idlib dealBEIRUT (AP) — Both Syria's government and its opposition welcomed the Turkey-Russia deal declaring a de-militarized zone around the major rebel stronghold Idlib, saying Tuesday the agreement stemmed more bloodshed.



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Former outlawed opposition leader returns to Ethiopia

Former outlawed opposition leader returns to EthiopiaThe popular leader of a formerly outlawed opposition group returned to Ethiopia on Sunday where he was greeted by a crowd of thousands after 11 years in exile, an AFP reporter witnessed. Berhanu Nega, the leader of the former armed movement Ginbot 7, returned with scores of other senior members of the group, after reformist Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed removed the group from a list of “terrorist” organisations in July. Speaking at a ceremony in the capital Addis Ababa, Berhanu said he had been forced to wage an armed struggle to fight for Ethiopians’ rights, however recent political changes had convinced him to return to the country and conduct a peaceful campaign.



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Cambodian opposition leader released but put under house arrest

Cambodian opposition leader released but put under house arrest“He was released on bail and he is under monitoring by the court,” government spokesman Phay Siphan told Reuters. Kem Sokha’s daughter, Kem Monovithya, said her 65-year-old father has been placed under house arrest and was in poor health and needed medical attention. Long-serving Prime Minister Hun Sen had been under pressure to release Kem Sokha following a July general election won by his Cambodian People’s Party (CPP).



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Uganda's Museveni blames 'external forces' for opposition unrest

Uganda's Museveni blames 'external forces' for opposition unrestUganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has accused “external forces” of trying to foment trouble by funding his political opponents in a bid to undermine the country’s image abroad. In an hours-long televised speech late on Sunday, the 74-year-old railed against the opposition and accused “external forces” of seeking to “sabotage” Uganda’s growth. Museveni, who took power in 1986, claimed “foreign money” was being funnelled to his political opponents by unnamed NGOs to foment trouble by paying youngsters to burn tyres and throw rocks at police.



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Zimbabwe court dismisses opposition bid to annul election

Zimbabwe court dismisses opposition bid to annul electionZimbabwe’s top court on Friday dismissed an opposition bid to have presidential election results annulled over alleged rigging in favour of Robert Mugabe’s successor, Emmerson Mnangagwa. In a verdict widely predicted by analysts, Chief Justice Luke Malaba strongly criticised the MDC party’s case and upheld Mnangagwa’s win. “The court finds the applicant has failed to place before it clear, direct, sufficient and credible evidence” of irregularities, Malaba said in his ruling at the Constitutional Court in Harare.



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The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition now rejects election ruling

The Latest: Zimbabwe opposition now rejects election rulingHARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — The Latest on Zimbabwe's disputed presidential election (all times local):



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Zimbabwe opposition leader insists he won elections

Zimbabwe opposition leader insists he won electionsZimbabwe’s main opposition leader Nelson Chamisa on Saturday refused to accept a Constitutional Court ruling that upheld Emmerson Mnangagwa’s win in presidential elections last month. In his first comments since the country’s top court overturned the opposition’s legal challenge to have the results annulled, Chamisa vowed to lead “peaceful protests”. “I have a legitimate claim that I am supposed to lead the people of Zimbabwe,” the leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) party said Saturday.



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