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Judge blocks deportation of Indonesian Christians

International | Many of the immigrants came to the United States in the 1990s
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/06/18, 04:12 pm

A U.S. federal judge last week temporarily halted the deportation of 50 Indonesian Christians in New Jersey who argue they could face persecution if they return to their homeland. The ruling is the latest in an ongoing case that is similar to others around the world.

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Earthquake hits Afghanistan, Pakistan

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/31/18, 09:27 am

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake rocked parts of Afghanistan and Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least one child and injuring at least 15 others. The United States Geological Survey recorded the quake’s center in northeast Afghanistan near the Pakistan border. Television footage showed people in Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, fleeing from schools and offices in panic. Izat Nazir Baluch, a local government official, said at least one girl died and eight others sustained injuries when roofs collapsed on mud-brick homes in the village of Lasbela in Pakistan’s Balochistan province.

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U.S. troops remain in Syria despite warnings from Turkey

International | Turkish forces move into northern Syria with air attack destroying ancient Hittite temple
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/29/18, 12:49 pm

SYRIA: The United States has no plans to withdraw troops stationed near Manbij despite warnings from Turkey, which has staged a cross-border offensive into nearby Ain Dara in northern Syria. Indiscriminate shelling by Turkish air forces destroyed the Ain Dara archaeological site dating to 1300 B.C., including a Hittite temple.

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