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Bibi1581 Blog For 02/21/2018: Morning Edition

1…………> One With God, Now Next To God: Billy Graham

Billy Graham, the famed evangelist of people poor and famous, beggars and Presidents, a man who became known as “America’s Pastor,” has died at the age of 99 from natural causes, according to a family spokesperson.

Billy was born in 1918 in Charlotte, North Carolina, raised on a dairy farm,
enrolled at Bob Jones College, then transferred to the Florida Bible Institute (now Trinity College of Florida) and joined a Southern Baptist Convention church, being ordained in 1939.




2…………> Tortured Artists: Europe

There was very little two famed Austrian artists, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, could have done to impress Vienna’s bourgeois crowd at the crossroads between of two momentous centuries, yet the two men shared a lifelong mutual friendship, despite their completely contradictory artistic visions, until the flu epidemic of 1918 claimed both their lives.

Schiele twisted depictions of the human body shocked and scandalized contemporary audiences, while more contemporary Klimt glorified the wine and sensualist splendor of the Vienna’s elite in gilded finery.



3…………> Mr.Xi Fleet: Maldives

A flotilla of eleven Chinese warships sailed into the East Indian Ocean this month, amid a constitutional crisis and state of emergency in the Maldives, a country that is in debt to China for aid and infrastructure work. 

A fleet of destroyers and frigates, a 30,000-tonne amphibious transport dock, and three support tankers entered the Indian Ocean, according to news portal




4…………> Our Way Of Life: Ocean Garbage

“This is so disturbing for the workers around here and of course for the tourists.
The issue is to actually to find where the trash is coming from,” Wayan Suadiana, from the Housekeeping Workers Association of Legian Hotels, says.

It’s garbage season in Bali, as an annual and worsening tide of trash swamps the beaches of the holiday island during the winter months, as thousands of tonnes of plastic debris are washed onto the island’s main tourist strip, polluting the sand and making the prospect of a swim less than appealing.



5…………> Russian Deaths: Syria

The deaths of Russian fighters in Syria on 7 February exposed the operations of a shadowy group of mercenaries there. Some reports speak of more than 100 Russians killed in one battle; officially it is “several dozen” Russians killed or wounded.

The BBC Russian Service has investigated how and where Russian guns for hire have been killed in Syria.

Last September, Nina Atyusheva, a pensioner in the small town of Severoonezhsk, received a phone call telling her that her son Yevgeny Alikov had died in Syria.

A week later a man arrived with a coffin and 5m roubles (£63,050; $90,000) in insurance money. He had driven 2,100km (1,305 miles) to Russia’s far north to return Nina’s “little boy”.

The man placed the money on the kitchen table in stacks of 5,000-rouble notes.

The BBC attempted to contact the man, but whoever answered the phone claimed to be someone else and said he knew nothing about Russian volunteers in Syria.

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