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Richardson resigns Myanmar panel amid Rohingya crisis

International | Former UN ambassador accuses Aung San Suu Kyi of ‘an arrogance of power’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/26/18, 02:29 pm

MYANMAR: Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Bill Richardson has resigned from a Myanmar (also known as Burma) advisory panel on the Rohingya crisis, calling the panel “a whitewash” and “cheerleading squad” for the military-run government. Richardson, a former Democratic congressman and governor of New Mexico, rebuked his long-time friend Aung San Suu Kyi, the former opposition activist and Nobel laureate who is now the country’s civilian leader.

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Overlap on persecution lists reveals danger for Christians

Persecution | The Open Doors annual watch list includes all of the U.S. State Department’s 10 countries of concern
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 1/23/18, 03:26 pm

The week after the U.S. State Department redesignated 10 nations as countries of particular concern (CPCs) over “systemic, ongoing, and egregious religious freedom violations,” the Christian group Open Doors USA released its annual World Watch List of the 50 most dangerous countries for Christians.

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Former soccer star wins Liberian presidential election

by Evan Wilt
Posted 12/29/17, 10:59 am

George Weah, a former international soccer star, won Liberia's presidential election this week, marking the first democratic transfer of power for the West African nation in more than 70 years. Weah’s opponent, Vice President Joseph Boakai, conceded on Friday with about 98 percent of votes counted. The latest tally shows Weah, 51, ahead by 23 points in Tuesday’s election.

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