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Eline Gordts
Eline Gordts is the World Editor at The Huffington Post.

Entries by Eline Gordts

Grieving Father Writes Open Letter To Putin: 'Thank You For Murdering My Child'

(242) Comments | Posted July 21, 2014 | 9:02 PM

The father of a 17-year-old passenger aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 wrote a heartbreaking public letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"Thank you very much, Mr. Putin, separatist leaders and Ukrainian government! For murdering my sweet and only child," Hans de Borst starts his letter, published on...

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Ukraine Releases Audio It Claims Proves Rebels' Ties To Malaysia Airlines Crash

(233) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 7:59 PM

Ukraine's intelligence agency claimed on Thursday it had intercepted phone calls that connected separatists in the country's east to the crash of a Malaysian Airlines passenger plane.

Ukraine's state security agency, also known as S.B.U., released an edited version of the purported audio tapes between separatist rebels...

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Malaysia Airlines Plane Crash: Flight Shot Down Over Ukraine (LATEST UPDATES)

(1371) Comments | Posted July 17, 2014 | 11:26 AM

A Malaysia Airlines passenger plane was shot down over Ukraine on Thursday, killing all 295 people aboard. The plane was on its way from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Anton Gerashenko, an adviser to Ukraine's Interior Minister, wrote on Facebook that the plane was hit by a missile fired...

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Boko Haram Releases Video Ridiculing #BringBackOurGirls

(37) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 4:16 PM

In its newest propaganda video, the Nigerian extremist group Boko Haram mocks an international campaign to bring back more than 200 schoolgirls whom the Islamists kidnapped in April.

The 16-minute video, which was obtained by Agence France Press and released on Sunday, appears to show Boko Haram's...

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Israelis Take 'Bomb Shelter Selfies'

(35) Comments | Posted July 12, 2014 | 3:11 PM

As tensions between Israel and Gaza escalate, Palestinian militants have pounded Israel with hundreds of rockets in recent days, forcing residents across the country to take temporary refuge in bomb shelters. Many Israelis have taken to Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to relay their experiences inside the shelters.

Sara Eisen,...

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How Belgium Is Making Fun Of Team USA On Twitter

(43) Comments | Posted July 1, 2014 | 12:08 PM

We've all seen the jokes about waffles and Belgium's dysfunctional political system ahead of this afternoon's World Cup game. But the Belgians, too, are taking to social media to poke some fun at their American adversary... all in good fun, of course.

Take a look at...

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This Group Faces Terrifying Persecution, And You May Have Never Heard About It

(39) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 11:56 AM

In the past two years, more than 100,000 Muslims in Myanmar have left their homes in fear of rancorous mobs and angry assailants. Some have been forced into isolated makeshift camps, while others have made the dangerous trek across the border to Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh in search of safety...

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Meriam Ibrahim, Sudanese Woman Sentenced For Apostasy, Detained After Release From Death Row

(66) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 8:42 AM

KHARTOUM, June 25 (Reuters) - The Sudanese Foreign Ministry summoned the American and South Sudanese ambassadors on Wednesday after a Christian-convert woman attempted to travel to the United States using documents issued by the embassy of South Sudan, Sudan's top security service said on its official Facebook page.

Mariam Yahya...

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How Iraq's Militants Are Winning The Battle Online

(6) Comments | Posted June 19, 2014 | 12:29 PM

Twitter users around the world were shocked this weekend when an account linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria posted photos that appear to show the brutal execution of government-allied fighters in Iraq.

The photos were first sent out by the now suspended @w_salahadden account --...

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These Are The New Stamps North Korea Issued To Celebrate The World Cup

(8) Comments | Posted June 18, 2014 | 4:12 PM

Although the North Korean soccer team stayed home this year, the isolated nation is still celebrating the 2014 World Cup in Brazil along with the rest of the world ... in its own way.

On Wednesday, the Hermit Kingdom presented a new series of stamps celebrating the sports fest....

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Why The World Cup Is No Stranger To Controversy

(16) Comments | Posted May 28, 2014 | 2:39 PM

Fans around the globe are counting down the days to June 12 to see their favorite teams perform at the World Cup in Brazil. But Brazilians have been coming out in the thousands to protest the high cost of the event -- billions of dollars that will be...

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On Memorial Day, A Look Inside The Lives Of U.S. Service Members In Afghanistan

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2014 | 1:03 PM

As America marks Memorial Day, we take a look inside the lives of U.S. service members deployed across Afghanistan.

In Afghanistan: On The Bounce, writer Steven Hartov and photographer Robert Cunningham follow American units from their deployment to the war-torn country until their heartfelt return to the United States....

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Even If Boko Haram Releases Nigeria's Missing Girls, The Students' Troubles May Not Be Over

(162) Comments | Posted May 22, 2014 | 3:27 PM

On April 14, Boko Haram militants kidnapped more than 300 Nigerian girls from a secondary school in the northern Borno state and drove them into the remote Sambisa forest. Weeks later, the group's infamous leader Abubaker Shekau claimed responsibility for the kidnapping in a video message, threatening to...

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14 Turkish Miners Shared Last Breaths In Refuge Chamber

(5) Comments | Posted May 15, 2014 | 12:56 PM

Hopes faded for nearly 150 miners still missing after a fire raged through a coal mine in the Turkish town of Soma on Tuesday.

Dogan News Agency reported on Thursday that response teams said 14 men were found dead in the mine's sole refuge chamber, crushing hopes...

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¿Por qué está costando tanto a las fuerzas de seguridad nigerianas encontrar a las niñas?

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2014 | 7:40 AM

El pasado 14 de abril, un grupo de militantes extremistas se adentró en el remoto bosque nigeriano de Sambisa. Con ellos se llevaron a 270 chicas jóvenes, estudiantes de una escuela de secundaria de la ciudad de Chibok que habían ido al colegio para realizar un examen final cuando los...

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Why It Is Taking Nigeria's Security Forces So Long To Find The Missing Girls

(60) Comments | Posted May 13, 2014 | 3:02 PM

On April 14, a group of extremist militants drove off into Nigeria's remote Sambisa forest. With them were 270 young girls, students from a secondary school in the town of Chibok who had been there to complete their final exam when the gunmen forced them into their trucks.


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Nigerian Authorities Had Advance Warnings About Impending Boko Haram Attack On School: Amnesty International

(118) Comments | Posted May 9, 2014 | 9:31 AM

Nigerian authorities received advance warnings about an impending Boko Haram raid on a boarding school in the north of the country but failed to act, Amnesty International said in a report on Friday. The attack on April 14 led to the abduction of more than 200 schoolgirls, many...

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Video Reveals Sherpas' Last Minutes On Everest Before Deadly Accident

(50) Comments | Posted May 8, 2014 | 6:51 PM

A video published by The New York Times on Thursday shows some of the last moments of a group of climbers on Mount Everest, less than an hour before being hit by a deadly avalanche.

Shot by Ang Kaji Sherpa, the footage shows several climbers ascending the Khumba icefall...

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Malala: 'Girls In Nigeria Are My Sisters'

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2014 | 3:01 PM

"The girls in Nigeria are my sisters." These are the encouraging words of Malala Yousufzai for more than 300 girls recently kidnapped in Nigeria.

The young Pakistani activist spoke to CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Wednesday about the abductions in the African nation, explaining she was concerned and...

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A Country Is On The Brink Of Genocide And Very Few Know About It

(422) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 5:51 PM

Last Wednesday, 120 European Union peacekeepers arrived in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic. They took up positions at the city's airport, where French soldiers had guaranteed security up until now. Lining the airstrip were hundreds of cardboard shacks and tarpaulins; the homes of thousands of civilians who...

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