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China | A slick media website out of China offers English-language news and commentary, but still suffers from Communist censorship
by June Cheng
Posted 1/31/18, 05:39 pm

Typically, English-language media publications out of mainland China aren’t much fun to read. Story after story parrots the party line and extolls the wonders of President Xi Jinping’s every move. Unless you want to examine how Beijing feels about a certain topic, there’s not much there.

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Photo by Jiang Zhongming

Christmas in China

Books | A pastor offers a bold witness for Christ and the Christian influence on city of Chengdu
by Ian Johnson
Posted 12/23/17, 08:55 am

Ian Johnson’s The Souls of China: The Return of Religion After Mao is a soulful book about the varieties of Chinese religion, including Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity. It was on WORLD’s 2017 Books of the Year short list in the Understanding the World category.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mark Lennihan

UN vote on Israel caps combative year for U.S. on world stage

International | 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.

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