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Suspected extremists kidnap priest in Niger

International | Al-Qaeda and ISIS increasingly terrorize the region
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/25/18, 05:19 pm

Extremists likely carried out last week’s kidnapping of an Italian priest from southern Niger, state and religious officials confirmed. The kidnapping is the latest in a growing number of extremism-fueled attacks in the western part of the country.

The Rev. Pierluigi Maccalli was kidnapped on Sept. 17 from the parish house in the village of Bomanga, near the Burkina Faso border, government spokesman Zakaria Abdourahmane confirmed.

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Myanmar leader says Rohingya response could have been better

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/13/18, 10:08 am

Myanmar leader and Nobel Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi on Thursday acknowledged the country, also known as Burma, could have responded better to last year’s crackdown on Rohingya Muslims but defended security forces from charges of civil atrocities. A recent UN human rights report recommended prosecuting senior commanders for genocide and other crimes.

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Syrian offensive against Idlib begins

International | One million displaced people find themselves in harm’s way
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/05/18, 12:46 pm

SYRIA: Drones crowded the skies over Idlib Province overnight after bombings Tuesday in a long-anticipated offensive by Russian-backed government forces left 10 civilians dead, including five children from one family.

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