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Greeks stage mass protests over Macedonia name dispute

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/05/18, 10:34 am

More than 100,000 protesters gathered in central Athens on Sunday in the ongoing dispute with neighboring Macedonia over its use of a name that holds historical and regional significance for both countries. The protesters blocked traffic throughout the city center and officials closed three major subway stops. Protesters chanted “Hands off Macedonia!” and “Macedonia belongs to Greece!,” as they waved flags bearing the emblem of the ancient kingdom of Macedonia. The name dispute began when Macedonia gained independence from Yugoslavia in 1991.

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Construction halted at World Trade Center church

by Kiley Crossland
Posted 12/27/17, 10:30 am

A construction company has halted work on a New York City church designed as a replacement for one destroyed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack. Swedish-based Skanska USA cited soaring costs and financial shortfalls for the decision. St. Nicholas National Shrine sits next to the World Trade Center memorial plaza and was to replace a small Greek Orthodox church crushed when the South Tower of the World Trade Center fell during the 9/11 attack.

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Pence leads effort to redirect UN aid to Iraqi Christians

International | Top U.S. officials are “committed to making it happen”
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/15/17, 12:48 pm

IRAQ: On Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence convened a meeting with top U.S. officials—including UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, USAID director Mark Green, Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan, and White House budget director Mick Mulvaney—to redirect U.S. aid to Iraq’s victims of genocide, primarily Yazidis and Christians.

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