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: Castro regime cracks down on Cuban dissidents

By Mindy Belz
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International | HAPPY NEW YEAR. I look forward to your input on how to make Globe Trot better and more useful to you in 2015. At WORLD we begin our 30th volume of the…

Globe Trot: Russia starts new year with street protests

By Mindy Belz
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International | RUSSIAN opposition leader Alexei Navalny launched street protests in Moscow yesterday after his brother Oleg was sentenced to prison on spurious charges.

Globe Trot: Taliban declares victory in Afghanistan amid U.S. exit

By Mindy Belz
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International | AFGHANISTAN: Taliban insurgents today declared the "defeat" of the United States and its allies in the 13-year-old war, a day after the American-led coalition…

Globe Trot: Iraqi Christians celebrate hope in the time of despair

By Mindy Belz
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International | IRAQ: The displaced Christians in Iraq are bold with Christmas trees and other displays, despite the danger they face. “Don’t be surprised…

Globe Trot: Kurds take on ISIS strongholds in Northern Iraq

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IRAQ: Kurdish peshmerga forces have launched a massive ground attack against ISIS west of Mosul, and are counting on U.S. airstrikes to help…

Globe Trot: Violence spikes in Afghanistan ahead of U.S. withdrawal

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International | AFGHANISTAN: Taliban insurgency is on the upswing—no surprise—as U.S. forces prepare for a departure at the end of this month. At least 19 people were…

Globe Trot: CIA chief snubs president to defend interrogation tactics

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International | NATIONAL SECURITY: CIA Director John Brennan—in a forceful break with the president—held a press conference yesterday to respond to a Senate report…

Globe Trot: Kenyan president cleared of crimes against humanity

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International | KENYA: The International Criminal Court meeting at The Hague has cleared Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta of crimes against humanity. He was indicted in…

Globe Trot: Israeli PM dissolves government, readies for elections

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International | ISRAEL:Saying he won’t “tolerate opposition from within the government,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired two key cabinet ministers, a…

Globe Trot: Pope and patriarch unite against persecution

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International | POPE FRANCIS: The pontiff ended a visit to Turkey with a pointed call for Muslim leaders—political, religious, and academic—to condemn Islamic…

Globe Trot: Hong Kong clears remaining protest camps

By Mindy Belz
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International | HONG KONG:Overnight, authorities began a crackdown on weeks of peaceful demonstrations to win freedoms from the China-led government—arresting two student…

Globe Trot: Deadline on nuclear talks with Iran postponed until June

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International | IRAN: Tehran and six Western nations involved in more than a year of negotiations toward limiting Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons capability have missed…

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