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Death toll in Mali grows

International | Plus, China closes another church and other international news and notes
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/27/19, 02:30 pm

MALI: The death toll in an attack on the village of Ogossagou in central Mopti has risen to more than 160, according to local sources, in what appears to be Muslim-on-Muslim violence. Despite the deployment of a multinational stabilization force late last year, Mali remains the epicenter for jihadists in the Sahel.

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Nigeria’s election delay gets testy

International | Plus, the media’s romance with ISIS brides continues and other news from around the world
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/20/19, 11:49 am

NIGERIA: With a last-minute delay of presidential elections, the leading challenger to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari accused Buhari’s party of using the postponement to create “the space to perfect their rigging plans.” Young voters are pushing for change, though the main contenders are well-known public figures in their 70s.

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Pence criticizes EU nations for Iran dealings

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/14/19, 12:01 pm

Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday urged America’s allies in Europe to join the United States in pulling out of the Iranian nuclear deal. During a two-day conference on the Middle East that began Wednesday in Warsaw, Poland, Pence sharply criticized Britain, France, and Germany for maintaining the 2015 agreement. He accused the nations of trying to subvert U.S. sanctions imposed on Iran since President Donald Trump withdrew from the agreement in May 2018. “Sadly, some of our leading European partners have not been nearly as cooperative,” Pence said.

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