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Midday Roundup: Singing hymns, convicts face Indonesian firing squad

By Leigh Jones
Posted

Newsworthy | Joyful in death. Indonesia on Tuesday executed seven men convicted of smuggling drugs out of the country. At the last minute, the government pardoned the one…

Globe Trot: Volcanos, earthquakes, and running to God

By Mindy Belz
Posted

International | CHILE: In the wake of an earthquake it’s easy to forget a volcano, but the Calbuco eruption continues, with residents trying to save their homes from a rain…

Evolving into robots

By Marvin Olasky
Posted

Evolution | “A commitment for evolution.” That’s the slogan of a Nagasaki hotel scheduled to open in July and be staffed by 10 robots programmed to greet guests,

ISIS kills second Japanese hostage

By Leigh Jones
Posted

ISIS | Islamic State militants released a video late Saturday showing the beheading of a Japanese journalist held hostage by the group since October. Kenji Goto, who…

Midday Roundup: ISIS demands $200 million to spare Japanese captives

By Leigh Jones
Posted

Newsworthy | Deadly demands. ISIS militants are demanding a $200 million ransom to spare the lives of two Japanese hostages the group plans to kill in 72 hours. Kenji Goto…

Globe Trot: Pope and patriarch unite against persecution

By Mindy Belz
Posted

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

New Facebook feature designed to help during disasters

By Caroline Leal
Posted

Technology | Facebook isn’t just interested in where you are and what you’re doing. It also wants to know whether you’re safe. The social media giant’s latest…

Locals suffer long-term effects of Fukushima meltdown

By Julie Borg
Posted

Disaster | Three and a half years after a massive tsunami triggered the meltdown of three nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan, researchers are…

Globe Trot: Israel arrests suspects in Palestinian teen’s death

By Mindy Belz
Posted

International | ISRAEL: Authorities shocked Israelis and Palestinians on Sunday when they arrested six Jewish suspects accused of burning to death an Arab teenager who was…

Globe Trot: The president ‘pivots’ to Asia

By Mindy Belz
Posted

International | JAPAN: President Barack Obama has ‘pivoted’ to Asia and begun a trip delayed 7 months after the government shutdown. The president will visit Japan, South…

Globe Trot: Sensational sakura

By Mindy Belz
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International | JAPAN: Cherry blossom season is at its peak, and for some amazing photos the world over, check out #sakura on Twitter or Instagram. The Japanese have an…

North Korean drones surrender to the South

By Rob Holmes
Posted

North Korea | Three recently captured drones provide the first concrete evidence that North Korea is using unmanned aircraft to infiltrate South Korean airspace, including…

 
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