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: Assyrians divided over ransom paid to ISIS

By Mindy Belz
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International | SYRIA: Islamic State militants have released the last group of Assyrian Christians captured from villages along the Khabur River last February. Assyrian…

Globe Trot: Turkey sends armed jihadists into Syria

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International | TURKEY: Over the weekend, Turkey armed and sent a reported 850 jihadists into northern Syria to recapture Azaz from the Kurds and their allies, rebel groups…

Globe Trot: Uganda’s 30-year president set for another term

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International | UGANDA: Opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested for a third time in a week as voting in the country’s presidential election got underway. Initial…

Globe Trot: ISIS now using chemical weapons in Iraq

By Mindy Belz
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International | IRAQ: Islamic State used chemical weapons in an attack on Kurdish forces near Sinjar—the city once the center of Yazidi life—on Feb. 11, firing 30 mortar…

Globe Trot: One year since ISIS killed 21 Christians on Libyan beach

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International | ISIS: Monday will mark the anniversary of the martyrdom of 21 Coptic Christians executed a year ago in Libya. The Greek Orthodox chancellor of Chicago is…

Globe Trot: Iranian-backed militias taking Christian property in Iraq

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International | IRAQ: Reports surfaced this week of Iranian-backed militias in Baghdad—not ISIS affiliates but those supporting the Iraqi government—seizing Christian…

Globe Trot: Thousands gather throughout Europe to protest migration

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International | EUROPE: Thousands took to the streets across Europe over the weekend to protest the influx of Middle East migrants. Here’s what I don’t understand: About…

Globe Trot: 90 percent of orphans have living parents

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International | ORPHANS: Of 150 million orphans we hear about worldwide, 90 percent have a living parent, according to UNICEF—a detail that popped up at me reading the Global…

Globe Trot: Obama visits mosque with extremist ties

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International | UNITED STATES: Today when President Barack Obama stepped shoeless into a mosque at the Islamic Society of Baltimore, he embarked on the first such visit of…

Globe Trot: Primary voters take foreign policy fears to the polls

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International | UNITED STATES: It’s Iowa Caucus Day in America, a good time to reflect on the changing views of voters, who now prioritize foreign policy and national…

Globe Trot: U.S. slaps terror designation on Afghan ISIS affiliate

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International | AFGHANISTAN: The U.S. State Department has designated the ISIS affiliate in Afghanistan a terrorist organization, calling it ISIL-Khorasan. The heightened…

Globe Trot: Christian refugees suffer harassment in Germany

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International | GERMANY: Christian refugees are subject to harassment in refugee camps, said an Orthodox priest and member of Germany’s federal integration committee.

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