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

By Mindy Belz
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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.

Globe Trot: New York Times gives Iranian official a U.S. soapbox

By Mindy Belz
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International | IRAN: The New York Times, in what seems to me a controversial step, published a lengthy op-ed by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticizing Saudi…

Globe Trot: Egypt poised to end blasphemy laws

By Mindy Belz
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International | EGYPT: Rights advocates believe the political atmosphere has never been better to actually reform—or end—Egypt’s blasphemy laws. Under President Abdel…

Globe Trot: Britain comes closer to cutting EU ties over migrant crisis

By Mindy Belz
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International | EUROPE: The possibility of the United Kingdom quitting the European Union has gone up, as Europe struggles with an influx of migrants and Prime Minister David…

Globe Trot: Iraq begins to rebuild Ramadi after retaking it from ISIS

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International | IRAQ: Iraqi forces retook Ramadi from ISIS last week and now face the monumental task of rebuilding both the city and its devastated population. Iraq’s…

Globe Trot: Iran releases Pastor Farshid Fathi in time for Christmas

By Mindy Belz
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International | IRAN: Pastor Farshid Fathi has been released after five years in an Iranian jail. The Christian convert was detained as part of Supreme Leader Seyyed Ali…

Globe Trot: More migrants drown while leaders debate Syria’s future

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International | AEGEAN SEA: Migrants continue to perish making the crossing from Turkey to Greece. Six children were among those who died when two separate boatloads capsized…

Globe Trot: Yemen begins week-long ceasefire as famine looms

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International | YEMEN: A seven-day ceasefire is in its first day in Yemen, where warring Houthi rebels have been battling pro-government forces. The fighting has put Yemenis…

Globe Trot: Former Gitmo prisoner now heads al-Qaeda branch

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International | SUDAN: One of the freed Guantanamo Bay detainees has turned up in a new video claiming to be the new leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Ibrahim Qosi…

Globe Trot: Saudi women prepare to vote for the first time

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International | SAUDI ARABIA: Women will vote for the first time this weekend as Saudis go to the polls. IRAQ: Yesterday, a privately chartered Airbus 321 carried 149…

Globe Trot: Why won’t U.S. admit ISIS genocide against Christians?

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International | IRAQ: The U.S. State Department is poised to declare ISIS actions in Nineveh Plains and other areas of Iraq a genocide—but against Yazidis only . The finding…

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