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Globe Trot: From terrorist to president?

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/04/13, 12:50 pm

AFGHANISTAN: Abdul Rassoul Sayyaf has registered to run for president in Afghanistan. Sayyaf in 1996 helped Osama bin Laden return to Afghanistan, and the Philippine insurgent group Abu Sayyaf is named after him. He is mentioned in the 9/11 Commission’s report as a mentor to Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, the operational (and self-confessed) mastermind of the 9/11 attacks on the United States.

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Associated Press/Photo by Muhammed Muheisen

Globe Trot: Pakistan's violence reaches all-time high

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/02/13, 12:25 pm

PAKISTAN: Terrorist violence is at an all-time high—2,500 Pakistanis killed in 2013 alone. That’s more than those killed between 2005 and 2007. Christian Solidarity Worldwide’s David Griffiths, writing in The Wall Street Journal, offers a remedy: The state can do more. End hate material in text books. Condemn attacks and arrest attackers.

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Globe Trot: One year in prison

International
by Mindy Belz
Posted 9/25/13, 11:45 am

IRAN: Tomorrow marks the one-year anniversary of Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini’s imprisonment in Tehran. Our reporter was interviewing his wife Naghmeh Abedini, in New York for this week’s UN General Assembly, when Iranian President Hassan Rouhani walked in the room. More, Naghmeh had in hand a letter her husband had written to Rouhani, and was able to give it to one of his aides on the spot.

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