Seth Johnson

Seth is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute student course.

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Schools rally to keep international students

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/13/20, 05:22 pm

More than 200 schools across the country signed supporting briefs after Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology sued the U.S. government last week. The schools oppose the Trump administration’s decision requiring international students to take in-person classes this fall to stay in the country. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said U.S.

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Hagia Sophia to become a mosque

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/10/20, 05:26 pm

Bystanders cheered “Allah is great” as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan reverted an ancient Christian cathedral into a mosque. On Friday, a high court in Turkey nullified the decision that turned the nearly 1,500-year-old Hagia Sophia in Istanbul into a museum in 1934. UNESCO said it “deeply regrets” that Turkey made the call without notice or discussion and urged the country to preserve the site’s “universal value.”

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Amazon reverses on TikTok ban for employees

by Seth Johnson
Posted 7/10/20, 05:09 pm

More than 700 million users downloaded the TikTok app in 2019, but the Beijing-based social media platform is facing increasing criticism. On Friday, Amazon ordered its employees to remove TikTok from mobile devices that access company email addresses. But five hours later, the company said the email was sent out in error. “There is no change to our policies right now with regard to TikTok,” spokeswoman Kristin Brown said in a statement. In March, the U.S. Senate introduced a bill that would ban the app from government-issued phones.

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