Globe Trot: American businesswoman released from China jail

International | Sandy Phan-Gillis returns home after being imprisoned and tortured for two years
by Mindy Belz
Posted 5/01/17, 03:51 pm

CHINA: China deported U.S. citizen Sandy Phan-Gillis on Friday, and she was reunited with her husband in Los Angeles later that day. Few Americans were aware a middle-aged businesswoman and mother from Houston had been jailed—and tortured—for two years. Phan-Gillis was one of a growing number of foreigners held by Chinese authorities on spurious charges.

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Associated Press/Photo by Felipe Dana

Globe Trot: Held hostage by ISIS

International | Iraqi Christian captives speak of their long ordeals
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/28/17, 02:35 pm

IRAQ: Little has been known about hundreds of Iraqi Christians effectively held hostage for nearly three years by ISIS. Now they are being freed, and they tell stories of torture and threats of beheading and forced conversions to Islam. Under a recent Iraqi law, many face a new nightmare: Will they be considered apostates under the law once they “reconvert” to Christianity?

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Associated Press/Photo by Ariana Cubillos

Globe Trot: Meltdown in Venezuela

International | At least three people are dead in massive protests against the government
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/21/17, 11:26 am

VENEZUELA: The “mother of all protests” has left at least three people dead, as hundreds of thousands took to the streets in Caracas to protest socialist rule and the country’s devastating economy. Some are too hungry to protest.

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