Associated Press/Photo by Eugene Hoshiko

Kim Jong Un sits down

International | Is North Korea’s surge of diplomacy too good to be true?
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/07/18, 12:31 pm

NORTH KOREA: South Korean officials say they were not prepared for how “forthcoming and daring” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was in a rare sit-down with his longstanding enemies.

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Austrian police raid homes of Iranian Christian refugees

International | Despite the promise of asylum in the United States, the group faces deportation
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/21/18, 04:58 pm

AUSTRIA: Austrian police on Wednesday raided an apartment building in Vienna, where some of a group of 100 mostly Christian Iranians have resided for more than a year, pending final approval for asylum in the United States. Police seized most documents and passports and are threatening the Iranians with deportation following a U.S. decision to deny asylum to some or all of the refugees, sources close to the cases told me.

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Associated Press/Photo by Matthias Schrader

Austrians turn right in national vote

International | Top candidate for prime minister would be world’s youngest head of state
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/16/17, 12:35 pm

AUSTRIA: In a called election, Austrians chose 31-year-old Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz as their next prime minister. Kurz gets credit for “closing the back door” to migrants from the Middle East and elsewhere after he negotiated with Macedonian and other Balkan leaders through last year.

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