| Will the nation’s separation from the EU become ‘Brextinct’ or a ‘hard Brexit’?
by Mindy Belz Posted 1/16/19, 11:51 am
BRITAIN: A debate is underway in Parliament ahead of a no-confidence vote for Prime Minister Theresa May’s government, after the House of Commons voted Tuesday to reject the plan for the country’s exit from the European Union.
Kenyan security forces have killed the gunmen who carried out a deadly attack Tuesday in which 14 people died, including one American, at a hotel complex in Nairobi, President Uhuru Kenyatta said Wednesday. “All the terrorists have been eliminated,” Kenyatta said in a televised address. Authorities evacuated more than 700 people during the attack, which began mid-afternoon. Four armed militants set off car bombs outside a bank and stormed the hotel, followed by a suicide bombing in the lobby, national Police Chief Joseph Boinnet said.
The Somalia-based Islamic extremist group al-Shabaab on Tuesday claimed responsibility for an ongoing attack on a hotel complex in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi. Witnesses said at least four armed men rushed into the complex, which also includes banks and offices. Explosions and the sound of gunfire followed. Responding authorities helped people evacuate the building as ambulances and firefighters arrived. Police spokesman Charles Owino said security forces deployed the anti-terrorism unit.
| Ohio Gov. John Kasich signs a dismemberment bill but vetoes a heartbeat measure for a second time
Samantha Gobba | 12/31/18, 03:20 pm
The Ohio state Senate last week came one vote short of overriding a veto by Ohio Gov. John Kasich on a bill that would have protected babies from abortion after a detectable heartbeat. Kasich, a Republican, said he vetoed the bill for the second time in two years because it would saddle the state with a costly court battle and would ultimately be declared unconstitutional.
| The trial in Belgium over the killing of an autistic woman could have international repercussions
Samantha Gobba | 12/03/18, 05:18 pm
Three Belgium doctors may have gone too far, even for the pro-euthanasia nation, when they approved the 2010 killing of a 38-year-old autistic woman. The doctors decided that Tine Nys’ mild form of autism, called Asperger’s syndrome, diagnosed two months earlier, qualified as “unbearable and untreatable suffering” under Belgium’s euthanasia law.
| Referendums garner broad pro-family support
Angela Lu Fulton | 11/27/18, 01:47 pm
TAIPEI, Taiwan—Three referendums supporting marriage between one man and one woman passed overwhelmingly in Saturday elections in Taiwan. The votes show that most citizens still hold traditional values even though the country’s highest court moved toward legalizing same-sex marriage in 2017.
| Promoting democracy around the world isn’t wrong—but it is difficult
Condoleezza Rice | 10/27/18, 12:21 pm
Democracy: Stories from the Long Road to Freedom by Condoleezza Rice begins with the former secretary of state’s own story, in which she writes that as a child she was part of “the second founding of America, as the civil rights movement unfolded” in her Birmingham, Ala., hometown, and finally expanded “to encompass people like me.” For these racially divided times, Rice provides a good way to begin a chronicle of democracy around the world—and to consider U.S. foreign policy from President George H.W. Bush’s “New World Order” to President Donald Trump’s “America First” era.
| Plus, China’s control of churches, the latest on Andrew Brunson, and more international news and notes
Mindy Belz | 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.
Seasonal rains in Kenya triggered floods that have killed at least 132 people since March, the Kenyan government said. Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said the floods also displaced more than 200,000 people. At least 44 people died Thursday, including 20 children, and 40 others were declared missing after heavy rains caused a dam in Kenya’s Rift Valley to burst. Gideon Kibunja, Nakuru County police chief, said silt and water from the dam cleared away almost an entire village. Kenya battled a severe drought last year.
| Plans for a historic meeting call for caution and optimism
Mindy Belz | 3/09/18, 11:20 am
NORTH KOREA: President Donald Trump has accepted an invitation to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un “by May”—a historic first-ever meeting between North Korea and U.S. leaders and an unexpected development following months of high-stakes jabs traded by Trump and Kim. Normally diplomatic groundwork and a crafted agenda is laid before such summits.