Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is a World Journalism Institute graduate. Follow Rachel on Twitter @Rachel_Lynn_A.

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Baptist missionary sentenced to lifetime of hard labor in North Korea

Persecution
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 6/03/14, 12:52 pm

North Korea has sentenced South Korean Baptist missionary Kim Jung Wook (or Kim Jung Uk, according to North Korean spelling) to a lifetime of hard labor for alleged spying and trying to set up an underground church, according to state media.

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Maya Angelou, author and poet, dies at 86

Obituary
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/28/14, 01:25 pm

American author and poet Maya Angelou died this morning at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C., her son Guy B. Johnson said in a statement. The 86-year-old had been a professor of American studies at Wake Forest University since 1982.

“She lived a life as a teacher, activist, artist and human being,” Johnson said. “She was a warrior for equality, tolerance, and peace.”

Angelou had been set to appear this week at the Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon, but canceled in recent days citing an unspecified illness.

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Nigerian schoolgirls found, but no rescue attempt planned

Nigeria
by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 5/27/14, 01:22 pm

Nigeria’s military claims it has located almost 300 schoolgirls kidnapped by militants, but military chiefs and President Goodluck Jonathan have not agreed on how to free them. Military officials said use of force risks the kidnappers might kill their hostages. 

The country’s defense chief, Air Marshal Alex Badeh, announced Monday night the military had located the girls, but offered no details or a way forward. “We can’t go and kill our girls in the name of trying to get them back,” he said.

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