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Bill Gates steps in

International | The Microsoft founder pledges millions toward the pandemic after Trump defunds the WHO
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/16/20, 02:48 pm

GLOBAL: President Donald Trump’s decision to defund the World Health Organization in the middle of the global fight against the coronavirus “is as dangerous as it sounds,” said Bill Gates, the Microsoft founder who has pledged $100 million toward containing the virus. Trump on Wednesday placed a hold on all U.S.

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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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