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New year, new protests

International | Iranian rulers struggle to respond to nationwide demonstrations
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/03/18, 04:57 pm

IRAN: The country’s ruling ayatollahs and government officials struggled in their response to nationwide protests—launched now in more than 70 cities covering 27 provinces—as demonstrations entered a seventh day Wednesday. Tens of thousands of Iranians continued to chant “Death to Khamenei! Death to Rouhani!” overnight, despite efforts to force government workers to attend pro-government counterrallies.

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A powerful typhoon that killed hundreds in the Philippines over the weekend weakened to a tropical depression on Tuesday and failed to make an expected landfall in Vietnam. Weather forecasters had warned that Typhoon Tembin could hit Vietnam’s vulnerable Mekong Delta region. The country’s disaster prevention committee on Monday evacuated approximately 74,000 people and shut down schools in Ho Chi Minh City (also known as Saigon), Vietnam’s largest city.

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UN vote on Israel caps combative year for U.S. on world stage

International | Plus, WORLD’s senior editor picks the top 10 Globe Trot stories of 2017
by Mindy Belz
Posted 12/22/17, 04:59 pm

UNITED NATIONS: Eight countries joined the United States in voting against a resolution to condemn it for its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel—a combative chapter closing a combative year for the United States on the world stage. In the vote, 35 countries abstained, including leading U.S. allies Canada and Australia, and 128 voted in favor, including most European nations and Great Britain.

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