Globe Trot

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A summary of international news posted every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday—compiled and summarized by WORLD Magazine editor Mindy Belz. It’s intended to be a swift read, a distillation of significant events—some in the headlines, some not. For nearly 20 years these topics have been Mindy’s daily bread, first as WORLD’s international editor and now as editor.

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Globe Trot: One man’s impossible escape from North Korea

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International | NORTH KOREA: In middle school, Ji Seong-Ho watched classroom seats empty, as his classmates died of hunger. And it gets worse from there. The young North…

Globe Trot: White House plans LGBT hiring requirement for aid groups

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International | LGBT: C-Fam reports the White House plans to move forward with a policy change requiring humanitarian organizations to accept LGBT applicants in order to…

Globe Trot: FIFA corruption scandal could snare the Clinton Foundation

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International | FIFA: When the United States lost its bid for the 2022 World Cup to Qatar, Bill Clinton was reportedly so upset he shattered a mirror. Clinton’s global…

Globe Trot: Osama bin Laden’s treasure trove of documents

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International | OBL: Among the trove of documents from Osama bin Laden declassified this week was an application for joining al Qaeda. IRELAND: Polls are open today for a…

Globe Trot: Ancient Syrian city falls to ISIS

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International | SYRIA: ISIS (or Islamic State) has seized parts of the ancient city of Palmyra. Here’s real-time footage from today. But as writer Ann Voskamp points…

Globe Trot: Nepal’s continued quakes leave mental, emotional scars

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International | NEPAL: There have not been just two earthquakes in Nepal, there have been well over 100 quakes registering at a magnitude of 4 or higher since the initial…

Globe Trot: Obama’s Arab summit includes notable no-shows

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International | ARAB SUMMIT: The no-shows at Camp David this week included Saudi Arabia’s King Salman—and appear a deliberate snub over White House warming to Iran. But…

Globe Trot: Arctic spies hunt for underground oil

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International | ARCTIC: The Arctic may hold a staggering 13 percent of the world’s undiscovered oil, and that’s why a heady race of soldiers, spies, and scientists is…

Globe Trot: Vatican visit brings Raul Castro back to church

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International | VATICAN: Cuban President Raul Castro was so taken with the pope at a meeting at the Vatican on Sunday, he may “go back to praying and go back to the church,

Globe Trot: Global number of displaced people growing because of ISIS

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International | IRAQ: The number of displaced people worldwide swelled last year to 38 million—up 4.7 million over 2013—mostly due to Islamic State’s…

Globe Trot: Freed Boko Haram captives tell of abuse, starvation

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International | NIGERIA: Some women held by Boko Haram were stoned to death as the army closed in to rescue them. The freed women said they were fed only ground, dry…

Globe Trot: Foreign aid piling up at Nepalese ports, borders

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International | NEPAL: Local churches representing Nepal’s tiny Christian minority are pooling resources to assist in relief efforts following Saturday’s earthquake. But…

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