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Violent protests rock Basra

International | Complaints over poor public services could trigger more instability in the Iraqi city
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 9/11/18, 03:39 pm

At least 15 people have died and dozens more sustained injuries in the latest escalation of protests in the Iraqi city of Basra over poor public services.

The unrest comes amid the country’s failure to form a new government after elections in May.

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Associated Press/Photo by Maggie Fick

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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