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Lebanon’s aftermath

International | France offers its assistance to the shellshocked citizens of Beirut
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/06/20, 04:28 pm

LEBANON: France is taking a lead among Western nations, with the United States making tentative (my take) offers of help in the wake of Tuesday’s catastrophic explosion in Beirut. The official death toll stands at 137, with more than 5,000 injured and at least 350,000 made homeless in a blast triggered by a fire that exploded nearly 3,000 metric tons of ammonium nitrate at the city’s port.

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A sword of conquest at Hagia Sophia

International | Erdogan officially reopens the ancient church as a mosque
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/27/20, 05:30 pm

TURKEY: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recited prayers on Friday from Hagia Sophia, officially opening again as a mosque the 900-year-old church that authorities a century ago had turned into a museum.

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U.S. holds militants who killed Westerners

International | Parents of slain Americans demand justice
by Mindy Belz
Posted 7/23/20, 01:45 pm

SYRIA: Parents of four Americans killed by Islamic State (ISIS) are demanding the Trump administration transfer to the United States two surviving ISIS leaders to face trial.

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