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Surviving a rekindled conflict

Azerbaijan | Armenian Christians mourn and seek refuge while a border battle flares
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/21/20, 05:35 pm

Pastor Vazgen Zohrabyan stood outside Abovyan City Church. Behind him on this Tuesday in October, children strolled in and out of the church doors, which stood open beneath a brown illuminated cross. Three children ran past, playing and laughing. “I’m so happy to see them with smiles on their faces,” he said.

The kids are among more than 2,000 mostly women and children who fled Nagorno-Karabakh, a disputed territory inside Azerbaijan, since fighting that began Sept. 27 revived a long-simmering conflict. 

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Burying the lead

Europe | What’s a landmark Serbia-Kosovo deal in an election year?
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/08/20, 04:53 pm

Give it to the Washington press corps that it was a Friday afternoon heading into a holiday weekend when the Trump administration announced a foreign policy breakthrough. Standing in the Oval Office on Sept. 4, President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia and Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti of Kosovo—two states at war for more than 20 years—announced they’d reached an agreement toward economic normalization. 

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Catastrophe upon catastrophe in Syria

Middle East | A long war has left Syria ill prepared for COVID-19—and outside forces, including the United States, might be making the battle more challenging
Posted 8/13/20, 01:22 pm

Between 15 and 20 patients a day are showing up with symptoms of the novel coronavirus at Dr. Ahmad Hassan’s isolation center. He has 12 beds. The center, located in the town of Izraa in Syria’s embattled governorate of Daraa, opened in March as the government worked to stall the pandemic by isolating suspected cases in key cities. Nine years into one of the world’s worst conflicts, half the country’s hospitals are destroyed or heavily damaged. Thousands of healthcare professionals have fled the country. More than 900 medical professionals have been killed.

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