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Turkey builds border wall inside Syria

International | Meanwhile, the Assad regime escalates fighting in Idlib
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/03/19, 03:10 pm

SYRIA: The Assad regime with Russian air cover has carried out attacks on what was a demilitarized zone. In what’s become a familiar pattern, the Syrian army escalated attacks to defeat al-Qaeda-linked militant groups controlling Idlib, killing an estimated 50 civilians over the last two weeks and forcing thousands to flee. Kurdish forces in the northeast report that those al-Qaeda affiliates from Idlib are moving into Afrin—an area taken by Turkey last year.

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Associated Press/Photo by Francisco Seco

Secular France may have designs on Notre Dame

International | Millions already pledged to rebuild the iconic Paris cathedral
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/17/19, 03:51 pm

FRANCE: The debate over ways to dismantle the religious character of Notre Dame Cathedral is well underway.

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Associated Press/Photo by Hamidreza Rahel/ICANA

Iran’s terrorist army

International | Reaction to the United States’ new designation for the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/10/19, 04:51 pm

IRAN: Lawmakers dressed in paramilitary uniforms chanted “Death to America” as they convened Tuesday following the U.S. announcement Monday it will designate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a foreign terrorist organization—the first time an official armed forces has been so named.

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