Associated Press/Turkish Defence Ministry (pool)

Trump changes course (again) on Syria

International | The president declares ‘victory’ with plans to withdraw U.S. troops
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/19/18, 02:13 pm

SYRIA: A Wednesday morning tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump declaring “victory” over ISIS in Syria once again has thrown into question U.S. policy. Because ISIS clearly is not defeated in Syria, the White House decision to withdraw 2,000 U.S.

Read more

Handout photo

China closes church founded by Samuel Lamb

International | Plus, a new church in Ukraine and other international news and notes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/17/18, 11:03 am

CHINA: More than 60 police officers stormed a children’s Bible class Saturday morning to launch a raid shutting down Rongguili Church in Guangzhou. The church was founded by the late Samuel Lamb and became the third prominent Protestant church in China closed in recent months.

Read more

Theresa May in the hot seat

International | But the British prime minister may survive Wednesday’s no-confidence vote over her handling of Brexit
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/12/18, 02:25 pm

BRITAIN: Prime Minister Theresa May looks like she may survive a no-confidence vote in Parliament Wednesday evening, as her handling of Brexit comes under fire. Brits increasingly are faced with the choice of leaving the European Union without a negotiated settlement on trade and other major issues, or not leaving the EU after all.

Read more