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Travel crunch

International | The world’s largest human migration begins for Chinese New Year
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/17/20, 03:46 pm

CHINA: With the approach of Chinese New Year, the world’s largest migration begins this weekend. An estimated 3 billion trips will be made over the next three weeks, as Chinese revelers flock to be with family and friends.

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Governments teeter in Iran and Iraq

International | Protests and violence mark a weekend of unrest in the neighboring nations
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/13/20, 02:33 pm

IRAN: Iranians took to the streets declaring “death to this rule” (more here) and calling for the prosecution of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps after its leaders admitted to downing Ukrainian Airlines Fligh

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‘A truly evil figure’

International | Leaked cables reveal Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s proxy war in Iraq
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/06/20, 01:10 pm

IRAQ: The Iraqi Anglican congregation at St. George’s sits next to Baghdad’s Green Zone, where rockets aimed at the U.S. Embassy landed on Sunday, “But with your prayers, we are fine until now,” a church deacon told me. Attendance is down, he said, because authorities have closed three bridges leading to the area since anti-government demonstrations began in September.

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