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US Returns ‘Bells of Balangiga’ to Philippines After a Century

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday formally returned church bells to the Philippines that were taken as war trophies over a century ago following gruesome clashes, as the U.S. seeks to close a contentious chapter in the two allies’ shared history. The decision to return the “Bells of Balangiga” to the Philippines ends a decades-long quest by Manila, including by President Rodrigo Duterte, and is expected to bolster U.S.-Philippines’ relations. But it has upset some U.S....

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