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Membership losses by liberal and moderate Protestant churches appear to be easing, while Roman Catholics and the conservative Southern Baptist Convention remain the nation's biggest churches, according to a study released Sunday in the 1992 Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. It also showed that money collected by religious groups continued to grow, but at a rate lagging inflation.... In Rhode Island, residents in North Kingstown as well as in Pawtucket, Central Falls, and parts of Cumberland hav e been informed that their water is contaminated. EUROPE

Lawyers for former East German leader Erich Honecker, charged with manslaughter for killings on the Berlin Wall, have said their client has only a few months to live and have applied for a halt to trial proceedings.... Armenian President Levon Ter-Petrosyan, fighting for political survival after a series of Armenian defeats in the undeclared war against neighboring Azerbaijan, yesterday rejected opposition demands that he resign. ASIA AND THE PACIFIC

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Taiwan, facing a severe labor shortage, on yesterday lifted a ban on hiring foreign domestic servants and said it would allow 7,000 on the island.... South Korean rival legislators Lee Jong-chan of the ruling Democratic Liberal Party and Han Young-soo of the main opposition Democratic Party resigned their posts yesterday, saying they are considering creating a new reform party.... Newspapers reported Sunday that Philippine President Fidel Ramos has fired the chief of the national police, whose officers a re widely believed to be behind kidnappings, murders, and other crimes.

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