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Disappearing Christian communities

International | Turkey’s ‘staggered campaign of genocide’ killed 2 million believers a century ago
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/23/19, 12:27 pm

TURKEY: According to extensive new research from professors at Israel’s Ben Gurion University, Turkey’s Christian communities disappeared as a result of “a staggered campaign of genocide” that over three decades murdered 2 million Christians in “bouts of slaughter” a century ago. By combing through extensive government archives, the academics have documented a targeted campaign to eliminate Christians—of which the Armenian Genocide is just one part.

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‘Substantial risk’

International | The United States evacuates embassy in Baghdad over threats from Iran
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/16/19, 12:35 pm

IRAQ: The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad is one of the most fortified, removed American compounds in the world (I wrote about my 2014 visit there), but the U.S. State Department ordered a partial evacuation of it and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil due to “Iranian activity” that put U.S. facilities at “substantial risk,” according to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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Hungary’s ‘soft autocrat’ visits the White House

International | The prime minister’s controls include the country’s news media
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/13/19, 12:52 pm

HUNGARY: Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will get his long-sought sit-down with President Donald Trump Monday at the White House amid growing concerns the anti-Soviet reformer increasingly is running Hungary like a “soft autocracy.” Particularly unprecedented among European Union states are Orbán’s moves to

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