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Building playgrounds in former ISIS strongholds

International | Free Burma Rangers ministers to Syrian children as militants plot to indoctrinate them
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/23/18, 02:32 pm

SYRIA: Clues suggest ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is still alive—with a chilling new mission to prioritize the indoctrination of children. Despite those threats, Free Burma Rangers this month successfully opened a playground at the former ISIS headquarters in Raqqa.

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Associated Press/Photo by Joel Kouam

Anti-Muslim militia attacks UN in Central African Republic

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/04/18, 10:45 am

Militants with the mostly Christian anti-Balaka group in the Central African Republic killed one United Nations peacekeeper and injured 11 others during an attack on a UN base, the organization confirmed. UN spokesman Stéphane Dujarric said the militants attacked the temporary base in Tagbara, and peacekeepers engaged them in a gun battle that lasted several hours. The peacekeeping mission reported that more than 22 militants died in the fighting. The Central African Republic fell into chaos in 2013 after the Muslim Seleka rebel group overthrew the Christian government.

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Associated Press/Photos by Wong Maye-E and Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Trump and Kim pledge to meet and talk

International | Plans for a historic meeting call for caution and optimism
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/09/18, 11:20 am

NORTH KOREA: President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “by May”—a historic first-ever meeting between North Korea and U.S. leaders and an unexpected development following months of high-stakes jabs traded by Trump and Kim. Normally diplomatic groundwork and a crafted agenda is laid before such summits.

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