Lead Stories

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In-depth, online-only feature-length articles written by WORLD's team of editors, reporters, and contributors.

Fred Phelps, 1929-2014

By Andrew Branch
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Obituary | Founder of the inflammatory Westboro Baptist Church dies at age 84

Obama pauses to scold Putin

By Lynde Langdon
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Ukraine | Russia immediately antes up with sanctions of its own

Tourists avoiding Egypt since Arab Spring

By Julia Thompson
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Egypt | Upcoming presidential elections could revive or further deflate Egypt’s troubled economy

Russia scoffs at sanctions, West weighs options

By Andrew Branch
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Ukraine | President Barack Obama calls a meeting of the G-7 to discuss the crisis in Crimea

With Crimean grab, it’s Putin vs. the world

By Andrew Branch
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Ukraine | Ukrainian soldier reported dead in military base attack

Mark Driscoll apologizes

By Warren Cole Smith
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Religion | The megachurch leader says he wants to be a pastor, not a celebrity

Putin signs treaty annexing Crimea

By Jill Nelson
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Ukraine | Ukrainian government says Russia is a threat to international security

Running from the regime

By Daniel James Devine & Sophia Lee
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North Korea | North Korean escapees tell stories of brainwashing, abuse, and survival

Seeking the living among the dead at SXSW

By Warren Cole Smith
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Culture | This short list of bands, from the 2,000 that played South by Southwest, made my heart burn within me

Religious liberty under siege

By The Editors
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Religious Liberty | Read this brief to understand the issues involved in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties Supreme Court case

Forced agnosticism at the Air Force Academy

By Andrew Branch
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Religious Liberty | In response to complaints about a Scripture posted on a dorm room door, academy officials say cadet leaders must suppress their faith

Listening for signals in SXSW’s noise

By Warren Cole Smith
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Culture | The music portion of SXSW has moved far from its singer-songwriter roots, but you can still catch notes of greatness, if you listen closely

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