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Judge blocks deportation of Indonesian Christians

International | Many of the immigrants came to the United States in the 1990s
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/06/18, 04:12 pm

A U.S. federal judge last week temporarily halted the deportation of 50 Indonesian Christians in New Jersey who argue they could face persecution if they return to their homeland. The ruling is the latest in an ongoing case that is similar to others around the world.

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Iraq celebrates military victory over ISIS

International | While Mosul continues its comeback after its nine-month battle with Islamic State militants
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/11/17, 05:48 pm

IRAQ claimed final victory over ISIS on Saturday, announcing it had cleared fighters from western Iraq and retaken control of the border with Syria—14 months after it began military operations to expel the group, at that time controlling nearly one-third of the country.

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Al-Qaeda in Mali releases South African hostage

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 8/03/17, 09:27 am

A Mali-based al-Qaeda group recently released a South African hostage after six years in captivity, the South African government confirmed on Thursday. The militant group in 2011 abducted Stephen McGowan along with Swiss national Johan Gustafson, who was freed in June. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, South Africa’s international relations minister, said McGowan was released without ransom on July 29 and is undergoing a medical evaluation.

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