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U.S. favorite declared winner in Afghanistan

International | President Ashraf Ghani has supported American negotiations with the Taliban
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/20/20, 06:10 pm

AFGHANISTAN: Ashraf Ghani has narrowly won a contested election, officials announced after a five-month dispute over the vote. Ghani, clearly the U.S. favorite as it tries to conclude a peace agreement with the Taliban, won a second term by securing only 50.64 percent of the vote, and his rival Abdullah Abdullah says he may form his own government.

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‘A defining moment for Christians’

International | Bishop blames the Nigerian government after the murder of a young seminarian
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/17/20, 08:40 pm

NIGERIA: The killing of 18-year-old Catholic seminarian Michael Nnadi “is a defining moment for Christians and Christianity in Nigeria,” said Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah at a funeral Mass in Kaduna. Kukah blamed the Buhari government for failing to secure northern states and other areas from Muslim terror groups:

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Taiwan left off religious freedom alliance

International | The United States offers observer status instead to the crucial Asian ally
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/17/20, 03:54 pm

TAIWAN: The U.S. State Department blocked Taiwan from joining 27 other nations in a U.S.-led International Religious Freedom Alliance. But according to Taiwanese officials, Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback did issue an invitation for the nation to join as an observer.

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