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A villager walks on a dried up dam after collecting some water in Rongkop, central Java, Indonesia.|Associated Press/Photo by Trisnadi, File

Globe Trot: El Niño drought hits Papua New Guinea

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/12/15, 10:40 am

INDONESIA: The El Niño weather pattern has hit Papua New Guinea with its worst drought in two decades, resulting already in 24 deaths and creating conditions that could leave 4 million people across the Pacific without food and drinking water.

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Associated Press/Photo by Hani Mohammed

Globe Trot: War in Yemen brings excess tragedy, scant headlines

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/25/15, 12:55 pm

YEMEN: The war in Yemen is taking a terrible—and underreported—toll in yet another proxy battle shaping up between Saudi Arabia and Iran. I’m following tweets by Yemeni political analyst Hisham al-Omeisy as one way to keep up with the latest.

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Associated Press/Photo by Dita Alangkara

Christians call on Indonesia's president to combat Islamic extremism

Persecution
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 9/08/15, 10:45 am

The president of Indonesia needs to do more to combat Islamic extremists’ persecution of Christian minorities, a new report states.

The World Evangelical Alliance said Aug. 31 that though President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, wants to check growing Islamic extremism in the majority Muslim country, his methods have not succeeded.

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