Brunson defends himself ‘with boldness’

International | The American pastor heads back to a Turkish jail as he awaits an October trial date
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/18/18, 02:41 pm

TURKEY: Despite predictions in and outside Turkey of Andrew Brunson’s release, the Izmir court Wednesday returned the American pastor to jail after a two-hour proceeding. The judges set another trial date for Oct. 12—nearly two years since authorities first detained Brunson.

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Associated Press/Photo by Robert Burns

NATO denies strategy shift in Afghanistan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/17/18, 11:32 am

The NATO-led Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan on Tuesday rejected claims that the United States was open to negotiating with the Taliban to end the country’s 17-year war. The Taliban has repeatedly rejected direct talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, asking instead to talk with U.S. negotiators. “The United States is not a substitute for the Afghan people or the Afghan government,” mission commander Gen. John Nicholson said in a statement.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rahmat Gul

Suicide bomber strikes government target in Kabul

by Kent Covington & Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/16/18, 10:47 am

A suicide bomber has killed at least seven people and wounded 15 others after detonating an explosive vest in Kabul. A police spokesman said Sunday that the attacker struck on foot outside a government facility. The death toll likely will rise, officials said. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but the Taliban and an Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate regularly strike government targets in the capital and elsewhere across the country. Last month a suicide bomber struck near the same building, killing 12 people and wounding 31 others.

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