Persecution
Angela Lu Fulton

Acts of defiance

South Korea | North Korean defectors who have spent years countering Communist propaganda now find themselves at odds with the South Korean government
by Angela Lu Fulton
Posted 5/24/18, 03:17 am

On May 1, four days after the historic handshake between the leaders of North Korea and South Korea, a group of North Korean defectors gathered on the shores of South Korea’s Ganghwa Island, only 8 miles from the North Korean coast. Under a cloudy sky, they threw into the ocean hundreds of watertight plastic bottles filled with rice, USB drives, dollar bills, and antibiotic ointment. Taped to each bottle was a plastic-wrapped book of Genesis and a study guide.

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Bernard Lewis, shaper of U.S. stance on Middle East, dies

International | Plus a wedding, an election, a trial, and more international news and notes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/21/18, 02:38 pm

MAN KNOWS NOT HIS TIME: Bernard Lewis, perhaps the preeminent scholar of the Middle East, has died just two weeks shy of his 102nd birthday.

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Gunmen attack Russian Orthodox church in Chechnya

by Mickey McLean
Posted 5/19/18, 02:10 pm

Security forces killed four gunman who attacked the Archangel Michael Church in the mostly Muslim Russian province of Chechnya Saturday, in a clash that also left two policemen and one churchgoer dead. Father Sergiy, the priest at the Russian Orthodox church in the capital city of Grozy, said worshipers attending a service heard shots and chants of “Allahu akbar” outside. He told the Russian state RIA Novosti news agency that they quickly shut the doors and secured the bolts as the attackers tried to break in.

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