Daily Dispatches

 
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Breaking news along with stories other media tend to overlook, including Mindy Belz's "Globe Trot" reports and Warren Cole Smith's "Signs and Wonders."

Globe Trot: ISIS razes historic Palmyra piece by piece

By Mindy Belz
Posted

International | SYRIA: At the ancient Palmyra site, Islamic State militants are attempting to destroy the Temple of Baal, a Roman-era structure, here seen from space. Oxford…

Churches and taxation: An old tradition draws new opponents

Churches and taxation: An old tradition draws new opponents

By Mary Reichard
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Religious Liberty | The genesis of property tax exemption for churches goes back to the book of Exodus. During the time of the Old Testament, the Egyptians exempted their…

Midday Roundup: Obama renames Mount McKinley on Alaskan trip

By Lynde Langdon
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Newsworthy | Hello, Denali. President Barack Obama is officially renaming Mount McKinley to its traditional moniker, “Denali,” while on a visit to Alaska. Obama is…

Two more suspects sought in Bangkok bombing

By Leigh Jones
Posted

Thailand | Thai officials are looking for two more suspects in the bombing of a Hindu shrine Aug. 17. Police issued arrest warrants Sunday for an unnamed foreign man and…

Chicago sheriff wins first round in legal fight over Backpage sex ads

By Gaye Clark
Posted

Human Trafficking | A Chicago judge last week sided with Sheriff Tom Dart in his fight with the classified website Backpage.com, ruling the outspoken lawman didn’t have to…

New U.S. Law of War Manual has media up in arms

By Michael Cochrane
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Military | A new Department of Defense manual on the law of war has some in the media concerned it gives license to military commanders to detain journalists as…

Dollars and Sense: Is the Wall Street roller coaster over?

By Warren Cole Smith
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Money | Volatility high. Last week was a roller coaster on Wall Street. The CBOE Volatility Index, a measure of the premium traders are willing to pay for protection…

Weekend Reads: Supporting the spread of the gospel

Weekend Reads: Supporting the spread of the gospel

By Russ Pulliam
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Books | Gospel Patrons: People Whose Generosity Changed the World (self-published, 2014) might seem aimed at an audience of wealthy people who are potential donors to…

Police make arrest in Bangkok bombing case

By Mickey McLean
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Thailand | Authorities in Thailand arrested a man Saturday in connection with the deadly bombing at the Erawan Shrine in central Bangkok on Aug. 17. The man, of unknown…

Kentucky clerk appeals marriage license case to high court

By Mickey McLean & Leigh Jones
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Religious Liberty | UPDATE: Rowan County clerk Kim Davis has appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking the justices that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide to…

Globe Trot: Saudi king to visit Washington as Iran vote looms

By Mindy Belz
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International | SAUDI ARABIA: King Salman of Saudi Arabia will come to Washington next week in his first visit as head of the House of Saud and will meet with President…

Europe struggles to solve a migration crisis with no end in sight

By Rob Holmes
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Immigration | Austrian police found 71 migrants dead in a confiscated food truck left yesterday on Austria’s main highway. As officials began the difficult task of…

 
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