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: Kurdish and Iraqi forces push back ISIS fighters

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International | IRAQ: Iraqi forces and Kurdish peshmerga today recaptured Mosul Dam, a crucial hydroelectric facility that’s been under ISIS control since earlier this…

Globe Trot: ISIS destruction rages on

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Iraq | IRAQ: ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is wreaking havoc wherever it goes—and has been for months, without intervention, preceding its June…

Globe Trot: Pakistan braces for Independence Day protests

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International | PAKISTAN is bracing itself for huge protest movements taking to the streets on Thursday, the country’s Independence Day. It may be Cairo’s Tahrir Square…

Globe Trot: Baghdad roiled by political turmoil inside, ISIS outside

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International | IRAQ: Here’s one way to look at the dramatic fall of Iraq: In March, British bank Standard Chartered opened its first branch in Erbil, the capital of…

Globe Trot: Fighting resumes in Gaza after short-lived ceasefire

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International | GAZA:  Two rockets were fired last night from Gaza just before the end of an Israeli-Hamas ceasefire, and Hamas said it was ready to resume fighting.

Globe Trot: U.S. general killed in Afghanistan remembered as a family man

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International | AFGHANISTAN: Major Gen. Harold Greene became the first two-star U.S. general killed in action since the Vietnam War yesterday. He is also the first U.S.

Globe Trot: Conflict then, conflict now

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International | GUNS OF AUGUST: World War I began 100 years ago today, and services commemorating the centenary have begun in Britain and across Europe. (Watch live updates…

Globe Trot: Soldiers called out in West Africa’s battle with Ebola

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International | SIERRA LEONE has called in troops to quarantine Ebola victims, as the World Health Organization reports 57 new deaths in 4 days and dispatches 50 new health…

Globe Trot: Taliban gains ground in Afghanistan

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International | AFGHANISTAN: World events are moving Western focus elsewhere, and a Taliban advance is going unreported with U.S. forces in decline and an election crisis…

Globe Trot: Ramadan ends but jihadist-led violence continues

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International | EID AL-FITR: Today marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of the three-day Eid al-Fitr celebration to end the season of fasting. President Barack Obama…

Globe Trot: UN calls for immediate cease-fire in Gaza

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International | GAZA: The UN reports the death toll in Gaza has crossed 500, and the world body is calling for an immediate cease-fire. That’s what Israel, Egypt, the Arab…

Globe Trot: Israel launches ground offensive in Gaza

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International | ISRAEL & GAZA: Israeli Defense Forces pushed deeper into Gaza today after launching a ground attack yesterday. The incursion follows a 10-day air campaign…

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