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Iraq rebuilding efforts

International | U.S. government chooses a Washington for-profit contractor over church groups serving in the country
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/12/19, 10:35 am

IRAQ: A $367 million effort to rebuild communities destroyed by ISIS with U.S. taxpayer dollars has floundered on regulations and outsourcing to an American contractor. Despite repeated White House pledges of directing aid to Christian and Yazidi communities, church groups in Iraq said they’ve been bypassed in favor of a Washington for-profit contractor—one that does $1.5 billion in business with the U.S.

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Deadly typhoons hit Japan, Korean Peninsula

International | Weekend storms cause widespread power outages and leave travelers stranded
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/09/19, 03:16 pm

JAPAN: Typhoon Faxai made landfall early Monday morning just east of Tokyo—the most populous metropolitan area in the world—killing at least three people and leaving dozens injured and nearly a million people without power. The storm, which now has moved back out into the Pacific, left Japanese travelers and commuters stranded. Meanwhile, another powerful storm struck the Korean Peninsula over the weekend.

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U.S. casualty in car bombing in Kabul

International | Afghan president calls a U.S.-Taliban peace deal ‘meaningless’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/05/19, 03:05 pm

AFGHANISTAN: A Taliban car bomb on Thursday near the U.S. Embassy in Kabul has killed two NATO service members, an American and a Romanian. At least 10 civilians also died in the attack. It’s the second major attack this week, and the fourth U.S. service member killed in the past two weeks, as the Afghan government warned against a U.S.-Taliban deal: “Peace with a group that is still killing innocent people is meaningless,” said Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

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