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North Korea acknowledges first suspected COVID-19 case

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 7/27/20, 05:34 pm

Kim Jong Un locked down the city of Kaesong, North Korea, on Friday. If a suspected case of COVID-19 is confirmed, it would be the country’s first official recorded infection. The patient fled to South Korea and then crossed back into the North, according to state media. Kim and members of his government discussed punishment for the guards who let the individual into the country despite closed borders.

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A sword of conquest at Hagia Sophia

International | Erdogan officially reopens the ancient church as a mosque
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/27/20, 05:30 pm

TURKEY: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited prayers on Friday from Hagia Sophia, officially opening again as a mosque the 900-year-old church that authorities a century ago had turned into a museum.

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U.S. holds militants who killed Westerners

International | Parents of slain Americans demand justice
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/23/20, 01:45 pm

SYRIA: Parents of four Americans killed by Islamic State (ISIS) are demanding the Trump administration transfer to the United States two surviving ISIS leaders to face trial.

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