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Latin America Catholics Converting to Protestants

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Almost 40 percent of the world’s Catholic population, or about 425 million people, lives in Latin America. But a recent study from the Pew Research Center says people in Latin America have increasingly lost faith in the Catholic Church. Membership has decreased as much as 20 percent. More

Audio Cambodian Opposition Criticize Dependence on Chinese Aid

China’s government recently promised more than $500 million in aid to Cambodia. Cambodian officials say they need about $1 billion in foreign aid each year to operate the government. Opposition members are worried about the country becoming too dependent on aid money from China.

Audio Indonesians Protest Rising Fuel Prices

Indonesian President Joko Widodo announced the government would cut the financial support on fuel. The move led to a 30 percent increase in fuel overnight. These rising prices have led some public transportation groups to go on strike. The government has had to prepare other forms of transportation.

Audio Kenyan Runners Accused of Using Banned Substances

A new report says the use of performance-improving substances has become a serious issue in Kenya. Their use threatens the belief that Kenyan runners are among the fastest long-distance runners in the world because of their hard work and natural talent. | As It Is

Audio Myanmar: No Constitutional Change Before 2015 Election

Parliament speaker says voters will be able to take part in a referendum, or special election, on constitutional changes in May. But he said it would be impossible for any changes to take effect immediately. Myanmar’s constitution currently bars Aung San Suu Kyi from becoming president.

Audio Study Finds Rising Xenophobia in Turkey

Xenophobia is the dislike or fear of foreigners. The Pew Research Center found the increase at a time when Turkey faces war on its borders. The country also has unsettled diplomatic relations with some of neighbors and allies. History and education play a part in this rising fear and dislike.

Audio Vietnam Removes Law Book with 'Justice' on the Cover

A state-owned publisher in Vietnam has withdrawn hundreds of law books because of protests over the book’s cover. The cover of the book features a digitally changed image of a man without clothing holding the scales of justice. The book’s cover went viral recently on social media networks.

Audio Activists Urge Switzerland to Freeze North Korean Assets

A group of defectors from North Korea said their request has a legal history. They noted that in the past, banks have blocked the holdings of several foreign leaders. The U.N. General Assembly is expected to vote Tuesday whether to advise the ICC to consider the case of North Korea.

Audio Hong Kong Protesters Promise to Keep Up Campaign

Demonstrators in Hong Kong are promising to continue their street protests in support of democratic reforms. Three protest leaders announced plans to surrender to Hong Kong police as a show of respect for the law. Chinese President Xi Jinping says the Hong Kong protests are illegal.

Audio Money, Time Needed to Stop Lord’s Resistance Army

Four African countries promised a total of 5,000 soldiers for the African Union force fighting the guerrilla group. But political unrest, violent conflict and a lack of money stopped those countries from providing all those troops. Intelligence experts think the LRA has between 300 and 500 fighters.

Audio Iraq, Syria Face Aid Shortages

Millions of people in Syria and Iraq need humanitarian aid. Many of these men, women and children fled violence with only the clothes they were wearing. The UN is calling the situation in Syria and Iraq the biggest humanitarian crisis in the world today. Winter, though, could make things worse.

Audio Afghan Opium Production Jumps

The United Nations’ Office on Drugs and Crime says the opium harvest in Afghanistan jumped 17 percent from the amount last year. UN officials say the finding shows efforts to stop drug production in the country have failed. | In The News

Audio Three Cambodian Activists Sentenced to Prison

A court in Cambodia has sentenced three more activists to prison. The sentences were announced just one day after they were arrested. They were found guilty of disturbing -- interfering with -- public order on Wednesday, after protesting in support of seven land rights activists on Tuesday.

Audio In Kenyan Prison, Education May Mean Freedom

Prisoners who perform well on a major examination can have their sentences amended. They may be freed before the end of their prison term to go to university or find employment. A prison official says nine prisoner-students have been released early for getting high marks on the exam.

Audio Child Death Rates Narrow Between Poor and Rich Countries

Death rates in children under five have dropped to record lows in developing countries. The United Nations says 12.7 million children under five died in 1990. But last year, only about 6.3 million deaths were reported. The reasons for the decrease are government action and health measures.

Audio Rescued Animals Need More Space in Asia

Efforts to stop illegal trade of endangered animals are gaining strength in some areas, including Southeast Asia. But now, officials must decide what to do with the thousands of animals rescued every year. Many protected areas, are simply running out of space for more rescued animals.

Audio South Korean Monk Cares for Cemetery of Enemy Soldiers

In Paju, South Korea, near the border with North Korea, a Buddhist monk cares for the final resting place for 769 North Korean soldiers who died during the Korean War. He says it is his spiritual duty to care for the souls of the dead, and doesn't see them as enemies. But not everyone agrees.

Audio Report Says Chinese Officials Bought Ivory in Tanzania

A recent environmental report says a group traveling with Chinese President Xi Jinping bought a very large amount of ivory in Tanzania last year. The report says the amount was so big that prices for the elephant tusks increased by 100 percent. It says the price rose to $700 per kilogram.

Audio The Fall of the Berlin Wall: 25 Years Later

Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. In Germany, big street parties have been organized to mark the anniversary. But in Russia, there is little reaction. The anniversary comes as tensions between East and West are at their highest since the end of the Cold War.

Audio Turkey May Change Property Seizure Law

Legislation expected to be approved this month would give police new powers, and limit rights of people accused of a crime. The measure would permit police to seize property from people accused of plotting against the government. Investors in Turkey and around the world are worried.

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