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Bolsonaro takes Brazil to the right

International | Evangelicals may have played a major role in electing him president of the largest South American country
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/29/18, 12:25 pm

BRAZIL: “This government will be a defender of the constitution, democracy, and of truth,” said incoming President Jair Bolsonaro after winning Sunday’s election. “This is a promise not of the party, a vain promise of man, it is a promise to God.” The former congressman’s victory marked a hard pivot right after the largest country in South America was overwhelmed by scandals on the left.

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European court upholds blasphemy standard

International | The ruling threatens free expression and aligns with laws in Islamic-led countries
by Mindy Belz
Posted 10/26/18, 02:09 pm

EUROPE: The European Court of Human Rights upheld lower court decisions that defaming Islam’s Muhammad “could stir up prejudice” and thus exceeds the limits of free expression. The ruling—stemming from a nearly decade-old case in which an Austrian woman was accused of disparaging Muhammad’s marriage to 9-year-old Aisha—in effect sides with blasphemy laws in Islamic-led countries. Download and read the decision and case details.

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Khashoggi’s son returns to U.S., Saudi probe ongoing

by Harvest Prude
Posted 10/26/18, 12:18 pm

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor, Sheikh Saud al-Mojeg, is set to fly to Istanbul on Sunday to meet with Turkish officials to continue the investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. On Thursday, the prosecutor said new information from the joint Saudi-Turkish investigation suggested that Khashoggi’s killing was premeditated, the latest shift in Saudi attempts to explain the killing.

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