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Mixed U.S. reaction to North Korea missile launch

International | Plus, a Bosnian war criminal’s final act of violence, the pope’s strange trip to Myanmar, and more
by Mindy Belz
Posted 11/29/17, 01:03 pm

NORTH KOREA launched early Tuesday its longest-range rocket to date, an intercontinental ballistic missile potentially capable of hitting the East Coast of the United States. The test flight was the first in two months, coming after tightened sanctions and U.S. efforts to stop the country’s nuclear weapons program. At the White House, President Donald Trump said, “It is a situation that we will handle.” But others expressed more concern. Sen.

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Trump could lift sanctions against Sudan

International | Rex Tillerson–led Exxon Mobil did deals with Sudan in the past
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/06/17, 03:01 pm

SUDAN: The Trump administration appears ready to permanently lift sanctions against the Islamic regime in Khartoum, according to an Associated Press report citing unnamed U.S. officials. Human rights groups left and right agree: It’s a bad move. Given the extensive lobbying effort by Khartoum (to the tune of $40,000 a month), it’s worth asking who stands to gain.

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Norway allows children to legally change gender

Transgenderism | New law requires no counseling, treatment, or physician consultation
by Kiley Crossland
Posted 9/29/16, 10:36 am

Norwegians as young as 6 can now legally change their gender using an online form—without a doctor’s approval, counseling, or surgery.

The law, adopted with a 79-13 vote by the Norwegian parliament in June, makes Norway the fifth country in the world to pass a similar law, and the second behind Malta to include children. While the process in Malta requires a parent to seek court approval for the gender change, children in Norway apply for the change using the same process and paperwork as adults.

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