Photo by Raber Y. Aziz/IOM 2018

Creating beautiful things in the midst of conflict

International | Displaced Iraqi and Syrian women work at a sewing workshop while awaiting asylum
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/28/19, 12:09 pm

IRAQ: This edition of Globe Trot is coming to you from Hopeful Hands, a sewing workshop located in the basement of the Alliance evangelical church in Erbil. This enterprise employs women whose families were displaced by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. They’ve lost everything, for years now, and many await asylum in Australia and elsewhere. Jobs are hard to come by, and some women travel 90 minutes by bus from camps.

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Associated Press/Photo by Rodrigo Abd

U.S., allies demand elections to end Venezuelan crisis

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/28/19, 11:04 am

The struggle for control of Venezuela turned to the military over the weekend. Supporters of the U.S.-backed leader, Juan Guaidó, distributed leaflets to soldiers detailing a proposed amnesty law that would protect them if they helped remove embattled President Nicolás Maduro from power. Maduro, meanwhile, appeared on state TV in tan fatigues, observing military exercises and talking with soldiers.

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Associated Press/Photo by Ariana Cubillos

U.S. pulls some diplomatic staff from Venezuela amid crisis

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/25/19, 12:34 pm

The U.S. State Department late Thursday ordered nonessential government staff to leave Venezuela, citing security concerns, and asked U.S. citizens to “strongly consider” evacuating. Embattled President Nicolás Maduro on Wednesday gave a 72-hour deadline for all U.S. diplomats to leave the country, but Washington refused since it no longer recognizes Maduro’s leadership.

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