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Eradicating the Guinea worm in South Sudan

International | Plus the latest news from Syria, Britain, Polynesia, Canada, and Iraq
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/13/18, 01:12 pm

SOUTH SUDAN appears to be on the way to eradicating the Guinea worm, and former U.S. President Jimmy Carter played a key role.

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Good Friday in hard places

Grief & Suffering | Suffering Christians around the world display the surpassing joy of Easter Sunday
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/30/18, 12:22 pm

Every spring, I realize all over again that Easter is my favorite holiday of the year. And it often brings memories of springtime spent in difficult places.

A few years ago, I spent the week before Easter in a refugee camp on the border between South Sudan and northern Sudan—a remote expanse where some 20,000 men, women, and children had fled deprivation and bombing campaigns inflicted by the Khartoum-based government in the north. 

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Did Russia write U.S. headlines?

International | President Vladimir Putin’s easy election win should surprise no one
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/19/18, 03:38 pm

RUSSIA: The U.S. headlines are bizarre, citing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “stunning upset” (New York Magazine), “broad mandate” (The New York Times), “big margin” (BBC), and “landslide win” (CNN). Putin—as expected—won a fourth six-year presidential term in Sunday’s election, receiving about 77 percent of the vote. He was predicted to win about 90 percent of the vote after blocking his lead opponent, Alexei Navalny, from running.

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