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U.S. policy threatens new and old believers in northern Syria

International | Coalition letter to Trump asks for support, not abandonment
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/04/19, 01:10 pm

SYRIA: A joint letter to U.S. President Donald Trump from the coalition of Christians, Arabs, and Kurds controlling part of northern Syria says the unexpected plans for U.S. withdrawal have “severely undercut” efforts to install non-sectarian democracy in a region where 21,000 new Muslim converts to Christianity—together with 100,000 ethnic Christians—reside.

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Hong Kong bans group that wants independence from China

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/24/18, 10:40 am

Hong Kong banned a pro-independence party in an unprecedented move on Monday, raising more concerns over China’s grip on the semiautonomous territory. John Lee, the region’s security secretary, announced the ban on the Hong Kong National Party without providing any additional details.

Hong Kong police in July recommended prohibiting the party under the Societies Ordinance, which allows authorities to ban groups on national security and public safety grounds. Hong Kong has not invoked the ordinance since 1997, the same year Britain returned the semiautonomous territory to China.

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Deadly landslide buries Philippine mining community

International | Plus, Syrians shelter in caves and more Russian meddling
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/17/18, 02:37 pm

PHILIPPINES: A landslide triggered by Typhoon Mangkhut buried a gold-mining community in a river of debris, with 40 bodies discovered Monday in Itogon. The super typhoon slammed into the northern Philippine province of Luzon on Saturday, killing at least 69 with numbers expected to rise.

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