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Party loyalists fill out religious freedom commission

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by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/16/18, 06:38 pm

UNITED STATES: Republicans went down to the wire in naming or renaming by Wednesday commissioners to the bipartisan U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF).

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Death toll from Indian storm tops 100

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/03/18, 10:24 am

A strong overnight storm in northern and western India killed at least 134 people and injured more than 160 others, Indian officials confirmed Thursday. The heavy rain and wind felled trees and power lines and destroyed houses. In the northern city of Agra, home of the Taj Mahal, the wind topped 80 mph. At least 43 people died in that city, said Sanjay Kumar, relief commissioner of Uttar Pradesh state. Kumar said another 64 people died and 67 others sustained injuries in Uttar Pradesh.

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U.S. singles out human rights abusers

International | A new report calls China, Russia, others ‘forces of instability’
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/24/18, 03:02 pm

The Trump administration in its first global human rights report called out China, Iran, Russia, and North Korea as “forces of instability” due to “daily” abuses of human rights.

The 2017 annual report includes nearly 200 countries and territories. Acting Secretary of State John Sullivan in his introduction to the report said the governments of the four nations consistently violate human rights within their borders.

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