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Creating beautiful things in the midst of conflict

International | Displaced Iraqi and Syrian women work at a sewing workshop while awaiting asylum
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/28/19, 12:09 pm

IRAQ: This edition of Globe Trot is coming to you from Hopeful Hands, a sewing workshop located in the basement of the Alliance evangelical church in Erbil. This enterprise employs women whose families were displaced by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. They’ve lost everything, for years now, and many await asylum in Australia and elsewhere. Jobs are hard to come by, and some women travel 90 minutes by bus from camps.

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Associated Press/Photo by Nickee Butlangan

ISIS attacks Catholic Church in the Philippines

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/28/19, 11:10 am

At least 20 people died on Sunday in twin suicide bombings at a Roman Catholic cathedral in the southern Philippines. Two bombs exploded within minutes of each other during Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Jolo Island. The first bomb detonated inside the building and the second exploded at the entrance as churchgoers rushed outside and soldiers and police rushed in. The blasts scattered wooden pews, shattered windows, and hurled human remains and debris across the town square in front of the church. More than 100 people sustained injuries.

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Associated Press/Photo by Mohamed Sheikh Nor (file)

U.S. airstrike targets al-Shabaab in Somalia

International | Plus, reports from the Philippines, Mexico, Syria, and more
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/21/19, 01:43 pm

SOMALIA: The U.S. military on Saturday carried out its deadliest airstrike in Somalia, killing 52 jihadists at an al-Shabaab stronghold—following a deadly terrorist attack in Nairobi last week and the jihadist group’s attack on Ethiopian troops near the joint U.S.-Kenya-Somalia base.

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