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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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Iraq reconstruction effort looms large

International | Nations pledge $30 billion, but many needs remain
by Julia A. Seymour
Posted 2/20/18, 02:40 pm

A recent conference held to raise funds for Iraq’s reconstruction secured about $30 billion in loans and investment pledges, a start toward the financial needs of a nation devastated by war and terrorism. But it will take more than money to rebuild after Islamic State (ISIS) beat down Iraqis through persecution and genocide.

“Recovery and reconciliation will be vital to prevent a new cycle of public frustration, radicalization and the risk of new violent extremism,” wrote Ahmed Twaij with the U.S. Institute of Peace.

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Globe Trot: Good news on the Ebola vaccine

International | The world will be better prepared for another outbreak
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/15/17, 12:28 pm

LIBERIA: The new Ebola vaccine is showing further promising results, making the world better prepared for the next outbreak.

A nurse who treated Ebola patients and survived the deadly 2013 outbreak has died from complications during childbirth—and her family is blaming Liberia’s lead hospital.

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