Putin Vows To Modernize Russia, Challengers Prepare For Race

Dec 24, 2017 |
Putin Vows To Modernize Russia, Challengers Prepare For Race

President Vladimir Putin presented his vision for modernizing Russia on Saturday, while some of his challengers in next March’s presidential vote were formally nominated for the race. Putin is running as an independent candidate, keeping a distance from the top Kremlin party, United Russia, which consists mostly of officials and has been dogged by corruption allegations against some of its top members. Despite that, Putin showed up Saturday at United Russia’s congress to speak about his fut
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Pope Prays For Flood Victims In Philippines

Pope Francis says he is praying for the population of Mindanao, the island in the Philippines devastated by floods and landslides.
Francis spoke noted that the storm “has caused numerous victims and much destruction” as he greeted people in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday, hours before he was set to celebrate Christmas Eve vigil Mass.
He said he wanted to assure the population of Mindanao of his prayers. He prayed that “merciful God receive the souls of the deceased and comfort all those who are
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