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.

Proxy war

Middle East | Bush administration blinks as Hezbollah brokers its street fight into a political victory in Lebanon
by Jill Nelson
Posted 5/31/08, 12:00 am

The White House went to great lengths to refute reports in the Jerusalem Post of a Bush plan to attack Iran. But it made no attempt to deny that the United States is preparing to send more military aid to Beirut-aid meant to bolster Lebanese security forces while weakening Hezbollah and its principal backers-Syria and Iran.

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Jail-time evangelism

Laos | The ongoing crackdown against Laotian pastors is spreading the gospel through prisons
by Jill Nelson
Posted 5/03/08, 12:00 am

Pastor Khamxay doesn't remember all of the horrific events during his three trips through a Laotian prison. Repeated blows to the head have affected his memory. But he does recall the horrid stench as well as the five prisoners he led to Christ during a recent imprisonment.

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Criminal element

Afghanistan | Kidnapping for pay is a growing line of work in a corrupt and donor-dependent war zone
by Jill Nelson
Posted 4/19/08, 12:00 am

Lima Sahar is a reminder of how much has changed in Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban in 2001. With her brightly colored headscarf tied neatly under her chin, she graced the stage of Afghanistan's version of American Idol as one of the top three contestants. Sahar is the first female to advance to the finals during the season's three-year run-a worthy accomplishment considering that only a few years ago women were not allowed to leave their homes without an escort, and television and music were banned.

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