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U.S. condemns Syria, Iran, and Russia in Ghouta attacks

International | The Assad regime continues to attack a Damascus suburb, sometimes with chemical weapons
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/28/18, 05:33 pm

SYRIA: The State Department hosted an unusual panel this week featuring White Helmets and producers of the film Last Men in Aleppo . That, plus U.S. Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley’s speech to the UN Security Council on Tuesday, could suggest the Trump administration may take a stronger stance against Russia and Iran’s alliance with the Assad regime in Syria.

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Italy impounds migrant rescue ship

International | Nonprofits and governments clash over how to handle seafaring refugees
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/20/18, 03:28 pm

Italian authorities seized the ship of humanitarian rescue group Proactiva Open Arms after a showdown at sea between the rescuers and the Libyan coast guard. Italy accused the group of enabling illegal migration after it picked up more than 200 migrants at sea on Thursday and refused to turn them over to Libyan authorities. The row is the latest between humanitarian rescue groups and Italian authorities, who accuse the rescuers of exacerbating the migrant crisis.

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Latest kidnapping shows Boko Haram still a threat

International | Abduction of Nigerian schoolgirls renews concerns about the militant group’s insurgency
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/06/18, 01:37 pm

ABUJA, Nigeria—The Nigeria-based Boko Haram extremist group in its latest mass abduction kidnapped 110 girls from a public school in the northeast, renewing fear of the group’s insurgency and leaving the government scrambling to respond.

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