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Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar

Jessica Chasmar is a continuous news writer for The Washington Times. Previously, she was part of the start-up team for The Washington Times' digital aggregation product, Times247. She can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Jessica Chasmar

In this photo taken on Saturday, March 1, 2014, provided by the Korean Central News Agency, John Short, an Australian missionary detained for spreading Christianity in North Korea, signs his written apology, at an unknown location in North Korea.  North Korea said Monday, March 3, 2014, it will deport Short, saying he apologized for his anti-state religious acts and requested forgiveness. Authorities in North Korea have been investigating Short since his arrest for secretly spreading Bible tracts near a Buddhist temple in Pyongyang on Feb. 16, the birthday of late leader Kim Jong Il, the North's official Korean Central News Agency said. (AP Photo/Korean Central News Agency)

North Korea frees Australian missionary

North Korea said Monday that it has deported John Short, a 75-year-old Australian missionary whom it detained last month for crimes against the state, according to state-run media. Published March 3, 2014

** FILE ** In this June 15, 2013, file photo, Sarah Palin speaks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority 2013 conference in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Sarah Palin: I predicted Ukraine crisis

Sarah Palin is saying "I told ya so" on Russian aggression in Ukraine, arguing that the Obama administration's response has only emboldened President Vladimir Putin. Published March 2, 2014

**FILE** Syrian Orthodox Christians attend Easter Mass in Damascus, Syria, on Sunday, April 15, 2012. Christians, who make up about 10 percent of Syria's population of more than 22 million, say they are particularly vulnerable to the violence that has been sweeping the country since March 2011. They are fearful that the country will become another Iraq, with Christians caught in the crossfire between rival Islamic groups. (AP Photo/Bassem Tellawi)

Syrian Christians pledge submission to Islamists: report

Christian leaders in the Islamist-controlled Syrian city of Raqqa signed a submission document on Sunday that bans them from practicing Christianity in public, an Israeli newspaper reported. Published February 27, 2014