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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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Turkey crosses into Syria, challenging U.S. forces

International | Plus the latest news from Israel, Afghanistan, South Korea, India, and the Philippines
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/22/18, 12:18 pm

TURKEY launched a ground offensive against a Kurdish enclave in Syria and against forces supported by the United States.

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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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