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Russian plot in Africa has warnings for America

International | Deadly mercenary activities in the Central African Republic related to Russian hacking in the United States
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/22/18, 12:47 pm

RUSSIA: With Britain calling for stepped-up sanctions against Russia in the wake of the Skripal poisoning, this blockbuster story details the deadly mercenary activities of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his oligarchs in the Central African Republic—and the three veteran Russian journalists apparently gunned down there last month while they tried to investigate.

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Associated Press/Photo by Hussein Malla (file)

Syria’s disappearing Christian villages

International | Only 10 percent of Assyrian Christians remain along the Khabur River
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/17/18, 04:11 pm

SYRIA: Tel Tal and other villages along the Khabur River once had about 10,000 Assyrian Christian residents but now approximately 900 live there—a 90 percent decline, paralleling what’s happening to ancient Christian communities across the region.

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Associated Press/Photo by Lefteris Pitarakis

Turkey going the way of all dictatorships

International | An ominous move by the Turkish central bank signals a looming economic crisis
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/06/18, 01:16 pm

TURKEY: The move by the Turkish central bank Monday morning is ominous—lowering its reserve requirement as a pretense to boost liquidity. It’s straight from China’s playbook— and signaling a looming economic crisis, the way of all dictatorships.

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