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COVID-19 hits Syria

International | Russia chokes off needed medical and food supplies to the region
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/10/20, 12:28 pm

SYRIA: Authorities reported the first confirmed case of the coronavirus in Idlib, where protracted fighting has displaced about 1 million Syrians and destroyed hospitals. Medical personnel believe they have been treating COVID-19 cases for weeks but lack testing to be sure, one nongovernmental organization leader told me.

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“No more freedom”

International | China’s new national security law goes into effect in Hong Kong
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/06/20, 04:43 pm

HONG KONG: “We have no more freedom in Hong Kong,” said a prayer meeting organizer as a national security law took effect last week for the once independent territory. The law establishes a Committee for Safeguarding National Security under the supervision of China’s central government, working in secret and outside of judicial oversight.

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A controversial U.S. shuffle

International | The new CEO for U.S.-backed international broadcast services shakes things up
by Mindy Belz
Posted 6/18/20, 02:25 pm

IN-DEPTH: Michael Pack, the new CEO of the U.S. Agency for Global Media, fired the heads of at least three U.S.-funded global news outlets: Radio Free Asia, Radio Liberty/Radio Free Europe, and the Middle East Broadcasting Network. Pack also removed current members of the board of each network to install his own team.

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