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: Christian districts in Aleppo bear brunt of latest shelling

By Mindy Belz
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International | SYRIA: Barnabas Fund, with contacts among churches in Syria, particularly Aleppo, reports Christian districts in the city bearing the brunt of a week’s…

Globe Trot: Nepal’s earthquake victims still suffer, one year later

By Mindy Belz
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International | NEPAL: On the one-year anniversary of a devastating earthquake, Nepal is facing a record season of wildfires. The Himalayan country’s record-setting number…

Globe Trot: Is South Sudan rebel leader arming for another fight?

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International | SOUTH SUDAN: One week ago, rebel leader Riek Machar was expected in Juba, the South Sudan capital, in a final step toward the end of fighting and a government…

Globe Trot: ISIS martyrs 21 Assyrians in Qaryatain

By Mindy Belz
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International | SYRIA: The Syriac Orthodox Church has published the names of 21 Assyrians killed by ISIS in Qaryatain. The Islamic militants captured the town last August,

Globe Trot: Pakistan financed 2009 attack on Afghan CIA base

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International | AFGHANISTAN: The deadliest attack on U.S. intelligence officers in CIA history was the likely work of Pakistan’s intelligence agency, according to a…

Globe Trot: Lebanon uncovers sex-trafficking of Syrian refugees

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International | LEBANON: The three-story Chez Maurice looked more like a jail than a hotel, with a whip lying on one of the guard tables. Here flourished a sex-trafficking…

Globe Trot: Kerry makes historic visit to Hiroshima

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International | JAPAN: John Kerry became the first U.S. secretary of state to visit a memorial to victims of the U.S. atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima today. He called on the…

Globe Trot: South China Sea crisis could be next global flash point

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International | INDONESIA: China’s expansion in the South China Sea—where it began operating a lighthouse on one of its artificial islands—could be the next global…

Globe Trot: Turkey seizes churches old and new

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International | TURKEY: Authorities seized six churches—one 1,700 years old and another built in 2003—in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir. Unlike state-funded mosques,

Globe Trot: U.S. obsession with the trappings of Cuba’s oppression

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International | CUBA is not your photo op, writes Cuban-American actress, writer, and filmmaker Natalie Morales. “The old cars are not kitschy; they are not a choice.

Globe Trot: French journalist jailed over war crimes book

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International | THE HAGUE: A French journalist is being held like a war criminal, in solitary confinement with lights on 24 hours a day, over her 2007 book revealing a war…

Globe Trot: Syrian forces recapture Palmyra

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International | SYRIA: Syrian government forces recaptured Palmyra from Islamic State over the weekend. In pictures, here’s the damage wrought by the terror group on the…

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