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Travel crunch

International | The world’s largest human migration begins for Chinese New Year
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/17/20, 03:46 pm

CHINA: With the approach of Chinese New Year, the world’s largest migration begins this weekend. An estimated 3 billion trips will be made over the next three weeks, as Chinese revelers flock to be with family and friends.

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U.S. reports injuries from Iran strikes

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/17/20, 11:55 am

The United States treated 11 soldiers for possible concussions after Iran staged retaliatory strikes against two U.S. bases in Iraq earlier this month. Some service members were taken to facilities in Germany and Kuwait as a precautionary measure, according to U.S. Central Command spokesman Capt. Bill Urban. Iran launched missiles at the bases on Jan. 8 after a U.S. drone strike at Baghdad International Airport killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

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Living with brutal realities

Iran | Soleimani’s death raises new tension for Iraq’s Christians
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/16/20, 03:38 pm

As the United States and Iran traded airstrikes in Iraq this month, Behnam Benoka made middle-of-the-night pastoral visits. “It’s important I am available to meet with them in their homes at this hour,” the Syriac Catholic priest said of parishioners when I reached him by phone on Jan. 7. “We wake in the night due to the situation, and people are worried.”

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