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U.S.-backed forces in Syria declare victory over ISIS

by Mickey McLean
Posted 3/23/19, 09:51 am

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) liberated the last area in Syria controlled by Islamic State (ISIS) on Saturday. ISIS militants made their final stand in a tent camp in Baghuz, which was bombed to shreds. “Baghouz is free and the military victory against [ISIS] has been achieved,” tweeted Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led SDF. Saturday’s bombing ended weeks of heavy fighting in Baghuz and brings to a close a caliphate ISIS established in large areas of Syria and in Iraq in 2014.

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A swath of destruction

International | Cyclone Idai could be worst ever disaster for the Southern Hemisphere
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/20/19, 02:48 pm

MOZAMBIQUE: UN officials say Cyclone Idai may be the worst ever disaster to strike the Southern Hemisphere. Last Friday’s storm packed 125-mph winds with heavy rain, and has left a swath of destruction across Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe affecting millions.

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The ‘threat’ of Christianity in China

International | Chinese government tells believers to put their faith in socialism
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/19/19, 05:06 pm

A Chinese government religious official last week accused the West of using Christianity to weaken the country’s political power and called for obedience to a socialist interpretation of the religion.

Xu Xiaohong, head of the official Movement of Protestant Churches in China, said Western influence and private meeting places plague Christianity in the country, adding that people who try to subvert national security under the guise of Christianity will face justice.

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