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VATICAN CITY (AP) — Few Vatican meetings have enjoyed as controversial a run-up as the three-week gathering of bishops on family issues that opens Sunday: There have been allegations of manipulation and coercion. Secret caucuses to plot strategy. A de-facto law passed to take the wind out of the debate. And on the eve of the synod, a Vatican monsignor outing himself, urging the pope to hear his voice, and denouncing widespread homophobia in the church.
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Moderate mainstream parties were expected to triumph in Portugal's general election Sunday, after more radical alternatives failed to exploit public discontent over austerity measures.