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South China Sea of brewing troubles and its implications for India

Feb. 18.– For years, China, Brunei, Taiwan, Malaysia, Philippines, and Vietnam have contested overlapping claims to hundreds of coral reefs, features, and islets in the South China Sea. China’s man-made islands fortified with airstrips, anti cruise missiles, control towers, naval bases has allowed it to assert its sovereignty vigorously and poised it to seize greater control of the sea.

As it’s economic and military position bolstered, it resorted to bullying its small neighbors by illicitly entering their territorial waters or by hindering their oil and gas explorations in the disputed waters. China hoped that it would seek to buy the acquiescence for its terrorizing tactics by luring them into economic incentives and its dubious intentions for a stable and secure South China Sea. But Indonesia, Malaysia, and Vietnam, frustrated with the status quo, are defying China’s dominance in the region turning the region into a new geopolitical flashpoint.

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Jeff Bezos Announces $10 Billion Fund to Combat Climate Change

Bezos offering billionaire donationBezos offering billionaire donationJeff Bezos, president and CEO of Amazon and owner of The Washington Post, announced Monday that he was committing an initial $10 billion to “the Bezos Earth Fund”.

Washington DC, Feb. 17.– Jeff Bezos took the initiative in order to fund “any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.”

“Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share,” Bezos wrote in an Instagram post. “ . . . We can save Earth. It’s going to take collective action from big companies, small companies, nation states, global organizations, and individuals.”

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Could a united Ireland really happen?

The idea about the real, and growing, possibility of a united Ireland holds a romantic appeal far beyond a small corner of north-western Europe. For many years, unification was never more than a Republican fantasy. But something has changed. This week, Sinn Fein, which campaigns for unification, won the most first-preference votes in the republic’s election.

Irish unification is becoming likelier

Time to start thinking about what it might mean 

Dublin, Feb.13.– For most of the century since Ireland gained independence from Britain, control of the country has alternated between two parties. On February 8th that duopoly was smashed apart, when Sinn Fein got the largest share of first-preference votes in the republic’s general election. The party, with links to the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which bombed and shot its way through the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, won with a left-wing platform that included promises to spend more on health and housing. Yet it did not hide its desire for something a lot more ambitious. “Our core political objective”, its manifesto read, “is to achieve Irish Unity and the referendum on Unity which is the means to secure this.”

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Pope releases exhortation 'Querida Amazonia'

Vatican officials: 'Querida Amazonia' is magisterium, Amazon synod's final doc is not.

by Hannah Brockhaus
Catholic News Agency

Vatican City, Feb.12.– Pope Francis' post-synodal exhortation on the Amazon is part of the Church's ordinary magisterium — that is officially a kind of Church teaching — Pope FrancisPope Franciswhile the final document of the Vatican’s 2019 Amazon synod is not, Cardinal Michael Czerny, special secretary of the Amazon synod, said Feb. 12.

The distinction in the authoritative weight of the two documents was also emphasized by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, and by Matteo Bruni, the director of the Holy See Press Office.

Bruni emphasized that “the apostolic exhortation is magisterium, the final document is not.” He later added that “anything in the final document should be read in the lens of the apostolic exhortation,” including any “application.”

“So we have two documents of two different kinds,” Cardinal Czerny said in a presentation to journalists.

Pope Francis released Feb. 12 the apostolic letter, "Querida Amazonia," which presents his response to the discussion of the Amazon synod, which took place in Rome over three weeks in October 2019.

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US Senate Acquits President Trump, ending impeachment trial initiated by the Democrats' House of Representatives majority

Article of Impeachment Nº 1 was rejected by 52 "not guilty" votes against 48 "guilty" votes.

Article of Impeachment Nº 2 was rejected by 53 "not guilty" votes gainst 48 "guilty" votes.

Vote was entirely along Party lines, with the exception of Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who voted "guilty" on Article Nº 1, but reconsidered as "not guilty" on Article Nº 2. One Independent Senator voted "guilty" on both Articles, and another Independent Senator voted "not guilty" on both Articles.

Washington DC, Feb.5 (DP.net).– Article I of the Constitution grants the House the sole US Senate getting ready to try Impeachment articlesUS Senate getting ready to try Impeachment articlespower of impeachment, and if the House does impeach, the Senate the “sole power to try all impeachments.” It also provides that the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court will preside if the trial involves a President. The Constitution authorizes the Senate to “determine the rules of its proceedings,” including additional rules governing an impeachment trial by the Senate. This was the procedure followed and President Donald Trump was acquited of both impeachment charges presented by the eight House prosecutors, presided by Adam Schiff (all of them members of the Democratic Party). They have accused him on two accounts: that he abused his power and that he obstructed Congress.

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