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Threat level ‘high’ for great-power conflict

International | National intelligence director says risk greater ‘than at any time since the Cold War’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 2/14/18, 02:55 pm

UNITED STATES: The risk of conflict among great powers “is higher than at any time since the Cold War,” according to the worldwide threat assessment delivered to Congress Tuesday by Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats. Contrary to statements by President Donald Trump about the defeat of ISIS in Iraq, the Coats report indicates ISIS “probably will maintain” its insurgency in Iraq and Syria “as part of a long-term strategy.”

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Immigration, race flashpoints in Italian election

International | A drive-by shooting of migrants has turned into a major campaign issue
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 2/13/18, 01:32 pm

A drive-by shooting targeting African migrants in Italy has fueled a nationwide debate about immigration and race ahead of the country’s general election on March 4.

In a retaliatory attack, 28-year-old Luca Traini on Feb. 3 shot six people from Africa in the streets of Macerata. Days before, authorities arrested a Nigerian immigrant accused of killing and dismembering an 18-year-old Italian woman.

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Border run

North Korea | One Christian’s compassion for North Korean refugees led her into a high-stakes smuggling enterprise—then she got caught
by June Cheng
Posted 2/12/18, 08:48 pm

In April 2009, Joseph Hong received a distressing phone call from his father. Chinese officials had arrested Hong’s mother, Rachel Han, for what they viewed as a serious crime: She had organized a trip to lead 13 North Korean defectors across China to the border with Mongolia.

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