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ISIS brides who are truly trapped

International | Plus, an update on Asia Bibi, a deep-sea dive, and more
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/15/19, 02:00 pm

SYRIA: U.K. and U.S. media are obsessing over ISIS brides who voluntarily joined the jihadists and now say they want to come home.

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Taiwan votes to keep marriage laws traditional

International | Referendums garner broad pro-family support
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 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.

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International loans, with strings attached

China | Some poorer nations are growing wary of generous Chinese investments
by June Cheng
Posted 8/23/18, 09:56 am

During a five-day trip to Beijing this week, the prime minister of Malaysia, Mahathir Mohamad, took a strong stance against further Chinese investment in the Southeast Asian nation, canceling $22 billion worth of China-backed infrastructure projects. Malaysia is the latest country to adopt a cautious view of generous Chinese investments as poor countries fall into China’s debt trap.

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