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Mitt Romney And The Quiet Murmur Of The “Mormon Factor”

A visit to Salt Lake City, Utah, finds some surprises about the Mormon faith, and the faithful, who are watching for the first time as one of their own has become nominee of a major party to bid for the presidency.

Draper temple in Salt Lake (Jeff McGrath)
Draper temple in Salt Lake (Jeff McGrath)
Pierre de Gasquet

SALT LAKE CITY – Kim moved to Salt Lake City to pursue her pediatric studies. The 19-year-old, who used to live in Los Angeles, says life is cheaper here in the Utah state capital, and she wanted to enjoy wide-open spaces and the nearby canyons.

Inevitably, Kim explains, she would be forced to get to know Mormons, who inevitably ask her if she too shares their faith. "They are conservative but also tolerant. They try to convince you, but do not insist too much."

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Two Ukrainian soldiers at a military base on the outskirts of the separatist region of Donetsk

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

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