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U.S. takes backseat in offering Asia Bibi asylum

International | Rumors swirl of pending release of the Christian mother acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/14/18, 10:34 am

PAKISTAN: A U.S. official involved in religious freedom issues told me Tuesday he was “not sure” whether the United States was making any efforts to offer asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian mother exonerated of blasphemy charges two weeks ago by Pakistan’s Supreme Court but prohibited from leaving the country. Three British imams joined calls for the UK to offer asylum, as rumors swirl this week of her impending release.

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Commemorating the end of the grisliest conflict

International | Gridlock in Gloucestershire, world leaders in Paris, and protests in Poland mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/12/18, 01:10 pm

EUROPE: There was gridlock in Gloucestershire, England, as hundreds jammed the village of Slimbridge to view the “ghost soldiers” of World War I guarding graves of the fallen.

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Trump weathers Armistice Day barbs

by Harvest Prude
Posted 11/12/18, 11:39 am

Close to 70 world leaders gathered in Paris Sunday to commemorate Armistice Day and the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Germany’s agreement to cease fighting against the forces of the British Empire, France, Russia, and the United States took effect at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918. French President Emmanuel Macron, host of the event, used the occasion to warn about the dangers of nationalism. Macron called nationalism a “betrayal of patriotism,” adding, “The old demons are rising again, ready to complete their task of chaos and of death.” Some saw the speech as a swipe against U.S.

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