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The Cambodian Association of Illinois celebrates 40 years by looking ahead
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The Cambodian Association of Illinois celebrates 40 years by looking ahead  Two new exhibits coming to the museum this summer are focused on the Khmer Rouge, but members of CAI are more concerned about conserving their ancestral country’s extensive cultural history. Nissa Rhee, Chicago Reader  May 26 2016 Image: Kompha Seth stands in front of the Killing Fields Memorial at the Cambodian Association of Illinois’s National Cambodian Heritage

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RUSSIA: JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES FACE POSSIBLE LIQUIDATION

RUSSIA: JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES FACE POSSIBLE LIQUIDATION Victoria Arnold, Human Right Without Frontiers International  May 26 2016 Forum 18 (24.05.2016) – http://bit.ly/1Uf1Rwo – If prosecutors proceed with their threat to liquidate the Jehovah’s Witness headquarters near St Petersburg, thousands of local congregations across Russia could also face prohibition of their activities and individuals could be vulnerable to criminal charges for

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INDIA: THREE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS ARRESTED IN MADHYA PRADESH FOR “FORCED CONVERSIONS”

INDIA: THREE EVANGELICAL CHRISTIANS ARRESTED IN MADHYA PRADESH FOR “FORCED CONVERSIONS” Rev V A Anthony V, his wife Prabha and another woman are arrested after police and Hindu radicals stopped them and took them into custody. Extremists waited until the court rejected the accused’s request for bail. For Christian leaders, religious freedom is at risk under Hindu nationalist rule. Nirmala Carvalho, Human Rights Without Frontiers International

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Obama Exploring How to Prosecute Islamic State for Genocide
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  Obama Exploring How to Prosecute Islamic State for Genocide:   The administration declared two months ago that ISIL is committing genocide. Now comes the hard part. Nahal Toosi, Politico  26 May 2016 Image: Kashmiri demonstrators hold up a flag of ISIL during a demonstration against Israeli military operations in Gaza in Srinagar in 2014. | Getty The Obama administration, having declared two months ago that the Islamic State is committing

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Eerie Photos Show the Aftermath of a Rapidly Evacuated Refugee Camp

Eerie Photos Show the Aftermath of a Rapidly Evacuated Refugee Camp Max Bearak, The Washington Post 26 May, 2016 Over the course of the past two days the population of the makeshift refugee camp at Idomeni, on Greece's northern border with Macedonia, went from about 8,000 to zero. Aid workers and photographers have been publishing photos of the forced eviction -- Greek authorities have been trying to close the camp for months and transfer its inhabitants

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Obama nudges Vietnam on human rights, but several political activists barred from meeting with him
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Obama Nudges Vietnam on Human Rights, but Several Political Activists Barred From Meeting with Him: David Nakamura, The Washington Post  24 May 2016 Video: President Obama said several Vietnamese civil society members were prevented from meeting him in Hanoi on May 24."Although there has been some modest progress...there are still folks that find it very difficult to assemble and organize peacefully," in Vietnam, he said. (Reuters) HANOI — President

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Al Qaeda Turns to Syria, With a Plan to Challenge ISIS
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Al Qaeda Turns to Syria, With a Plan to Challenge ISIS ERIC SCHMITT, The New York Times May 15 2016 Image: The Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri in a 2011 image provided by the SITE Intelligence Group. He seemed to clear the way this month for Qaeda figures to use the group’s Syrian affiliate, the Nusra Front, to form an emirate there. Creditvia Agence France-Presse — Getty Images    WASHINGTON — Al Qaeda’s top leadership in Pakistan,

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Turkey is Making it Impossible for Millions of Refugees to Get the Help They Need
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Turkey is making it impossible for millions of refugees to get the help they need Ben Smilowitz and Emily Troutman, The Washington Post 24 May, 2016 Image: Syrian refugees at a tent camp on the outskirts of Izmir, Turkey, on April 28. (Chris Mcgrath/Getty Images) On Monday, thousands of humanitarians will gather in Istanbul for the first-ever World Humanitarian Summit, hosted by the United Nations. U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said that

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Rwanda’s technology revolution helps country forge new path after genocide
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Rwanda's technology revolution helps country forge new path after genocide BBC News 24 May, 2016 Image: Mobile phones have transformed Rwandans' lives Returning to Rwanda after an absence of several years, the BBC's Milton Nkosi finds a country which has undergone astonishing technological change. The Rwandan capital Kigali was a hive of activity this week as the city hosted the World Economic Forum on Africa.  The land of a thousand hills is shaking

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Pope to visit genocide memorial during June trip to Armenia
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Pope to visit genocide memorial during June trip to Armenia Associated Press, The Washington Post May 13 2016 Image: Pope Francis talks with Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo during a private audience in the pontiff’s studio at the Vatican, Friday, May 13, 2016. (Gabriel Bouys/AFP Pool via AP) (Associated Press) VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ trip to Armenia in June will include a visit to the genocide memorial complex, a monastery stop

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