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Billboards touting a free press greet Trump and Putin in Helsinki

International | Plus Brunson to trial, Iranians get a second chance in Vienna, and more international news and notes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/16/18, 01:27 pm

FINLAND: Billboards in Helsinki reminding U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin of the value of a free press greeted the leaders as they made their way to Monday’s summit meeting.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ronald Zak (file)

Judge upholds rights of Iranian Christian refugees

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/12/18, 01:54 pm

About 90 U.S.-bound refugees trapped in Austria have a little more hope for the future after a federal judge ruled Wednesday that the government must re-address their cases. The group of mostly Christians and some other religious minorities traveled from Iran to Austria through a refugee pathway set up by the United States’ Lautenberg Amendment. Once they arrived in Vienna, their applications to continue through to the United States were denied. U.S.

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Associated Press/Photo by Evan Vucci

Trump wants Russia in, State wants Russia out

International | The White House sends mixed messages ahead of the G-7 Summit
by Lynde Langdon
Posted 6/08/18, 12:09 pm

CANADA: Ahead of Saturday’s annual G-7 Summit in Quebec, U.S. President Donald Trump called for Russia’s reinstatement to the group of advanced nations—only hours after the U.S. State Department condemned “Russian aggression” in Ukraine. Russia lost its seat at the gathering after its 2014 invasion of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula.

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