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U.S. takes backseat in offering Asia Bibi asylum

International | Rumors swirl of pending release of the Christian mother acquitted of blasphemy in Pakistan
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/14/18, 10:34 am

PAKISTAN: A U.S. official involved in religious freedom issues told me Tuesday he was “not sure” whether the United States was making any efforts to offer asylum to Asia Bibi, the Christian mother exonerated of blasphemy charges two weeks ago by Pakistan’s Supreme Court but prohibited from leaving the country. Three British imams joined calls for the UK to offer asylum, as rumors swirl this week of her impending release.

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Children swept away in Jordan flash flood

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/26/18, 10:54 am

Authorities in Jordan on Friday continued to search for survivors after flash floods a day earlier killed at least 20 people, the majority of them children. About 37 middle school students, seven teachers, and other visitors were at the hot springs near the Dead Sea when heavy rainfall triggered the sudden flood. “It swept away the students for 4 to 5 kilometers,” said Brig. Gen. Farid al-Sharaa, a Civil Defense spokesman. Officials said 13 of the dead and 26 of about 36 injured people were children from a private school in Amman.

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Trump touts American sovereignty at UN

International | Plus, China’s control of churches, the latest on Andrew Brunson, and more international news and notes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/26/18, 10:36 am

UNITED NATIONS: In President Donald Trump’s speech Tuesday to the UN General Assembly, writes Eli Lake, a theme to his often erratic statecraft emerges: American sovereignty. “We will never surrender America’s sovereignty to an unelected, unaccountable global bureaucracy,” Trump said.

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