Globe Trot A summary of international news compiled by senior editor Mindy Belz

Brunson remains the focus of U.S.-Turkey feud

International | The NATO ally retaliates with tariffs while a Turkish court refuses to free the American pastor
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/15/18, 04:18 pm

TURKEY: Ankara raised tariffs on U.S. imports following U.S. sanctions imposed for Turkey’s continued detention of American pastor Andrew Brunson. A Turkish court Wednesday rejected another appeal for Brunson’s release.

MALTA: Officials allowed a ship bearing 141 migrants to dock in the mid-Mediterranean nation after other European Union countries for five days refused the vessel. In the midst of the EU’s about-face on its open-borders policy, insiders fear that asylum procedures for those fleeing persecution and war will be sidelined in favor of a one-size-fits-all migration policy.

ITALY: The death toll in a bridge collapse outside Genoa has risen to 39, with search and rescue efforts continuing.

IRAN: I discuss new sanctions on the Islamic regime in Tehran on Wednesday’s The World and Everything In It.

UNITED KINGDOM: Police arrested one suspect and continue the search for others in Tuesday’s crash outside Parliament, which authorities are treating as a terrorist attack.

MYANMAR: A New York Times reporter had “a pretty nice soldier and an armed minder” in a government-sanctioned tour of areas where the government insists Rohingya Muslims burned their own villages—but a child gave the team a different story. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims once lived in the area, and now 700,000 Rohingya are refugees in Bangladesh.

SYRIA: Nuns have returned to open the doors of St. Tekla Monastery in the ancient city of Maaloula, after militants captured the town in 2013 and kidnapped 12 nuns.

To have Globe Trot delivered to your email inbox, email Mindy at

Mindy Belz

Mindy is senior editor of WORLD Magazine and the author of They Say We Are Infidels. Follow Mindy on Twitter @mcbelz.

Read more from this writer