Jill Nelson

Jill is a correspondent for WORLD. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute and the University of Texas at Austin. Jill lives in Orange County, Calif., with her husband, two sons, and three daughters. Follow her on Twitter @WorldNels.

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Putin's playbook

Ukraine | Dividing and conquering the church is part of a strategy to make gains in Ukraine
by Jill Nelson
Posted 5/02/14, 01:00 am

Despite some bad press in recent months, Russian President Vladimir Putin has no shortage of fans. Thanks to an endless stream of propaganda and countless Kremlin-sponsored photo shoots (often bare-chested), the leader’s image has been transformed over the years from a cold Soviet KGB officer into a sporty and masculine head of state worthy of leading Russia into a new era.

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Ukraine counters Russian occupation in the east

Ukraine
by Jill Nelson
Posted 4/16/14, 09:45 am

After weeks of restraint, Kiev launched a military operation Tuesday to regain control of eastern Ukraine—a move Moscow has warned against.

Pro-Russian separatists have taken over government buildings in at least 10 towns and cities in eastern Ukraine during the past 10 days. Many of the activists are dressed in military fatigues and bulletproof vests and are carrying Russian machine guns. After storming the buildings, they replaced the Ukrainian flags with Russian ones and called for a referendum in some cities.

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Turkey's U-turn

Turkey | Growing authoritarianism and Islamism in Turkey put pressure on religious minorities
by Jill Nelson
Posted 4/04/14, 01:00 am

Jerry Mattix remembers well his three friends who worked at a Christian publishing company in Malatya, Turkey: Uger Yuksel was baptized at his church in southeastern Turkey, and Necati Aydin often came to speak. The four of them worked together to coordinate events for youth in their area.

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