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Trump lasers in on North Korea, immigration in State of the Union

International | Plus news and notes on Syria, Russia, Sudan, and more
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/31/18, 12:56 pm

NORTH KOREA: U.S. President Donald Trump warned Americans in his first State of the Union address, “North Korea’s reckless pursuit of nuclear missiles could very soon threaten our homeland.” Trump highlighted the story of Ji Seong-Ho, the North Korean defector who attended the speech to a joint session of Congress.

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Religious freedom in Egypt unsteady despite Pence visit

International | The U.S. policy on Jerusalem angered Egyptian religious leaders
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/30/18, 02:49 pm

U.S Vice President Mike Pence urged Egypt to remain committed to promoting religious freedom during his four-day Middle East tour last week. But religious freedom advocates say the trip could have little effect on the treatment of Chrisitans in the country.

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Jordan a crucial stop on Pence’s itinerary

International | Vice president leaves Friday for an important trip to the Middle East
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/19/18, 01:51 pm

MIDDLE EAST: Vice President Mike Pence is set to depart Friday for a delayed and revised trip to Israel, Egypt, and Jordan that could coincide with a government shutdown on the one-year anniversary of the Trump administration’s inauguration. A White House official told Voice of America a shutdown would not change the trip because “the visit is considered integral to U.S.

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