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Turkey convicts Journal reporter

ANKARA, Turkey -- The Wall Street Journal says one of its reporters has been convicted in Turkey of terrorist propaganda and has been sentenced to two years and one month in prison.

The newspaper said late Tuesday that Ayla Albayrak, who has dual Finnish and Turkish citizenship, would appeal her conviction on the charge of engaging in propaganda supporting outlawed Kurdish rebels.

Albayrak's conviction stemmed from an article she wrote in 2015 on a conflict between Kurdish militants and government forces in Turkey's mainly Kurdish southeast.

More than 100 journalists have been imprisoned in Turkey, and some 200 media outlets were shut down as part of a government crackdown that has targeted opposition lawmakers and activists as well as members of a movement that the government says was led by a U.S.-based cleric who it claims orchestrated last year's failed coup.

Bishop quits amid lover, fraud claims

VATICAN CITY -- A Roman Catholic bishop in Indonesia has resigned after reports that he had a mistress and siphoned off more than $100,000 in church funds.

Pope Francis on Wednesday accepted the resignation of Bishop Hubertus Leteng of Indonesia's Ruteng Diocese. The Denpasar, Bali, bishop, Monsignor Sylvester San, will run the diocese until a replacement is found, the Vatican said.

Indonesian media and the Ucanews agency, which covers the Catholic Church in Asia, reported that dozens of priests resigned en masse in June to protest Leteng's administration.

The Vatican sent an investigator to look into their allegations that Leteng had a mistress and secretly borrowed $94,000 from the Indonesian bishops' conference and another $30,000 from the diocese without accounting for it.

According to Ucanews, Leteng said the money was used to finance the education of a poor youth, though he declined to provide details. He called allegations that he had a relationship with a woman "slanderous."

The Vatican didn't address the scandal or explain why Leteng was retiring early.

China decries Navy vessel near islands

BEIJING -- China on Wednesday protested the sailing of a U.S. Navy ship near territory it claims in the South China Sea, saying it would continue to take measures to protect Beijing's interests in the vital waterway claimed by several nations.

A U.S. official said the destroyer USS Chafee sailed near the Paracel Islands on Tuesday, going within 16 nautical miles of land. The Navy does not announce such missions in advance, and the official spoke on condition of anonymity.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hua Chunying denounced the mission as dangerous and a violation of China's sovereignty.

China claims the South China Sea and its islands virtually in their entirety, and its military expelled Vietnamese forces from the Paracels in 1974. The U.S. does not take an official position on sovereignty claims, but the Navy regularly sails through the area to assert freedom of navigation.

A Section on 10/12/2017

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