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‘One of New Zealand’s darkest days’

International | Welcome to the age of ‘Selfie Jihad,’ Yazidi endurance, and more
by Mindy Belz
Posted 3/15/19, 01:58 pm

NEW ZEALAND: Three men and one woman are in custody following Friday’s mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques that killed 49 Muslim worshippers and wounded at least 48 others. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern called the worst terror attack in the country’s history “one of New Zealand’s darkest days.”

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Fernando Vergara

Darkness deepens

Venezuela | Pastors and churches brave danger to bring relief to Venezuelans
by Jamie Dean
Posted 3/14/19, 11:28 am

On the second Sunday in March, as millions of Venezuelans were waking up to the fourth day of the biggest blackout in the nation’s history, Pastor Samuel Olson was thinking about morning worship at his Caracas church. “We hope to have one service,” he wrote in a text. “That will depend on the conditions.”

In a country already collapsing, conditions were dire.

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U.S. pulls all remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/12/19, 11:15 am

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced late Monday that the United States will withdraw its remaining diplomatic staff from Venezuela, as the country’s power outage continues amidst deepening political unrest. The decision “reflects the deteriorating situation in Venezuela as well as the conclusion that the presence of U.S. diplomatic staff at the embassy has become a constraint on U.S. policy,” the statement from the State Department said. The diplomats will leave by the end of the week, according to Pompeo.

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