| Plus, WORLD’s senior editor picks the top 10 Globe Trot stories of 2017
by Mindy Belz Posted 12/22/17, 04:59 pm
UNITED NATIONS: Eight countries joined the United States in voting against a resolution to condemn it for its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel—a combative chapter closing a combative year for the United States on the world stage. In the vote, 35 countries abstained, including leading U.S. allies Canada and Australia, and 128 voted in favor, including most European nations and Great Britain.
| Top U.S. officials are “committed to making it happen”
Mindy Belz | 11/15/17, 12:48 pm
IRAQ: On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence convened a meeting with top U.S. officials—including UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, USAID director Mark Green, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney—to redirect U.S. aid to Iraq’s victims of genocide, primarily Yazidis and Christians.
| Plus, Iraqi forces battle anew in Ninevah and the U.S. warns South Sudan
Mindy Belz | 10/25/17, 12:18 pm
RUSSIA: The Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee paid for research, including a dossier made public in January, containing claims about connections between President Donald Trump, his campaign, and Russia.
| Plus news from Niger, Iraq, North Korea, and Egypt
Mindy Belz | 10/09/17, 04:28 pm
TURKEY: Turkish officials have suspended issuing visas to U.S. citizens traveling to Turkey. The drastic action occurred after the United States suspended consular services at its embassy in Ankara following the arrest of a U.S. Consulate employee, who is charged with aiding terrorists—the same charges leveled at American Pastor Andrew Brunson and thousands of others under emergency law in effect since last year.
| Rex Tillerson–led Exxon Mobil did deals with Sudan in the past
Mindy Belz | 10/06/17, 03:01 pm
SUDAN: The Trump administration appears ready to permanently lift sanctions against the Islamic regime in Khartoum, according to an Associated Press report citing unnamed U.S. officials. Human rights groups left and right agree: It’s a bad move. Given the extensive lobbying effort by Khartoum (to the tune of $40,000 a month), it’s worth asking who stands to gain.
| Evangelical humanitarian aid workers depart ahead of Friday’s travel ban
Mindy Belz | 9/01/17, 03:00 pm
NORTH KOREA: On Thursday, Americans working in North Korea—about 200 mostly evangelical humanitarian aid workers—began departing ahead of the ban on U.S. citizens traveling to the rogue nation that goes into effect today.
Daniel of the Year | Held in Turkey on charges of espionage and terrorism, facing a life sentence for doing the work of the church, American Pastor Andrew Brunson’s dramatic release was the work of high-powered diplomacy and prevailing prayer