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Marriages of convenience up by 23.3 per cent in 2017

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Last year, 53 people were convicted in connection with marriages of convenience. Singapore’s constitution severely restricts access to citizenship. The city-state’s passport is the most powerful in the world. For the first time, an Asian country outranks European nations.

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Chinese Church preparing to celebrate 60th anniversary of ‘independent’ episcopal ordinations

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The first "independent" ordination was that of Bishop Bernardino Dong Guangqing, which took place in 1958. The director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs, Wang Zuoan, reiterated the independence of China’s Catholic Church and the self-ordination of its bishops. The goals are sinicisation and subordination to the Communist Party. Is a China-Vatican agreement possible by March

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Kim Jong-un invites Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang

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The dictator's sister handed the invitation this morning. If it does take place, it would be the third of its kind, after those of 2000 and 2007 in Pyongyang. Meanwhile, Moon pushes for fresh talks between North Korea and the United States.

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Indian nuns, alone fighting human trafficking

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AMRAT is an organisation that brings together more than 100 nuns from across India. Founded in 2009, it has established a network of civil and social groups. Yesterday was the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons. At least, 18 million people live in slave-like conditions in India.

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