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Pakistani court finds Asia Bibi ‘more sinned against than sinning’

International | Ruling implies additional protection for non-Muslims in the country
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/31/18, 01:25 pm

PAKISTAN: The Pakistani Supreme Court acquitted Asia Bibi, a Catholic mother of five held on death row since 2010 on blasphemy charges, and ordered her freed. In its judgment overturning lower court convictions, the court said Bibi “appears to be a person, in the words of Shakespeare’s King Leare [sic], ‘more sinned against than sinning.’”

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Afghanistan’s deadly fight for democracy

International | The United States says Afghan troops can handle the intensified violence
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/23/18, 03:34 pm

As Afghanistan wraps up a parliamentary vote marred by nearly 200 violent attacks and 50 deaths, U.S. officials insist the country can manage the violence and protect the democratic process.

Last weekend’s vote was the first to take place in war-torn Afghanistan since 2010. Afghan officials deployed about 70,000 police and soldiers to guard polling stations after the Taliban and Islamic State (ISIS) vowed to target voters.

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Russian plot exposed

International | Agents charged with spying and attempted cyberattacks on international agencies
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/05/18, 03:40 pm

RUSSIA: Dutch, British, and U.S. authorities—with backing from NATO—mounted a coordinated campaign, publicly exposing Russian agents they charge with spying and attempting cyberattacks on international agencies monitoring sports doping and chemical weapons.

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