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A new government for Iraq

International | Plus, millions of dollars committed to assist Iraqi Christians with post-ISIS recovery
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/17/18, 02:12 pm

IRAQ gets a new government—and it was worth the wait. In Nineveh Plain, the Knights of Columbus signed an agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development to work together on a planned $195 million recovery program targeting Christian and other communities devastated by ISIS. Since 2014, the Catholic charity has donated $20 million to support displaced Christians in Iraq and compiled a report leading to the 2016 U.S. declaration of genocide in the region.

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Student gunman kills at least 17 at Crimean college

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/17/18, 11:25 am

A student at a vocational college in Crimea, the Ukrainian region annexed by Russia in 2014, killed at least 17 people Wednesday and injured more than 40 others in an armed attack. Security footage showed 18-year-old Vladislav Roslyakov entering Kerch Polytechnic College in the Black Sea city of Kerch with a rifle. Witnesses said he fired on students for about 15 minutes before he eventually shot himself. Authorities initially reported an explosive device went off inside the college and sent experts to search for other possible bombs but found none.

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U.S., Russian astronauts land safely after rocket malfunction

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 10/11/18, 11:46 am

A U.S. astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut touched down safely Thursday after a malfunction on their Russian booster rocket triggered an emergency landing. U.S. astronaut Nick Hague and Russian cosmonaut Alexei Ovchinin took off from the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for the International Space Station—it was to be Hague’s first mission to space. Two minutes after departure, one of the booster rockets failed and the astronauts’ capsule automatically separated from the spacecraft. The capsule landed 12 miles east of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.

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