BOMB BLAST KILLS 80 OUTSIDE GERMAN EMBASSY IN KABUL

31st May 2017 . by incontext_adm

31 MAY 2017 – A powerful bomb hidden in a sewage tanker exploded in the morning rush hour in the center of the Afghan capital on Wednesday, police said, killing at least 80 people, wounding hundreds, damaging embassies and sending clouds of black smoke into the sky. The bomb, one of the deadliest in Kabul…

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“WE CANNOT COUNT ON OTHERS” MERKEL BREAKS POST-WAR UNITY WITH WEST

30th May 2017 . by incontext_adm

30 MAY 2017 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged European Union (EU) nations to stick together in the face of emerging policy divisions with the US, Britain’s decision to leave the bloc and other challenges. Speaking at a campaign event held in a Bavarian beer tent, Merkel suggested that the G7 summit in Italy that…

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WEEK 6: Stormy vows

29th May 2017 . by incontext_adm

“Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to You; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord!” (Jonah 2:8-9, ESV) Jonah was lying in the belly of a fish, and having made peace with the fact that…

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PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT ASKS REBEL GROUPS TO JOIN GOVERNMENT FORCES IN FIGHTING ISLAMIC STATE

29th May 2017 . by incontext_adm

29 MAY 2017 – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has appealed to Muslim separatists and Maoist-led rebels to join his government’s fight against Islamic State-linked militants. With fears growing that Islamic State is seeking a presence in the country, Duterte offered to pay and even house fighters from groups that have long opposed the Philippine state…

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ISLAMIC STATE CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR ATTACK ON COPTIC CHRISTIANS

27th May 2017 . by incontext_adm

Islamic State claimed responsibility for an attack on a bus loaded with Coptic Christians the day before near the southern city of Minya, which officials said killed 29 people. “A security team of caliphate soldiers set up an ambush for dozens of Christians as they headed to the church of St. Samuel,” the militant group…

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REFUSAL TO RECITE ISLAMIC DECLARATION OF FAITH-GUNMEN OPENED FIRE

27th May 2017 . by incontext_adm

Dressed in military fatigues, the gunmen waved down the bus filled with Christian pilgrims as it wended its way down a dusty side-road in the desert of western Egypt, headed toward a monastery. Claiming to be security officers, the gunmen ordered the passengers to get out. They separated the men from the women and children,…

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INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION FOR ATTACK ON COPTIC CHRISTIANS

27th May 2017 . by incontext_adm

[Throughout yesterday, 26 May, international reactions to the attack have been flooding in] Germany The German government is condemning the attack against a bus carrying Coptic Christians in Egypt in which 24 people were killed and 25 wounded [later rose to 28 dead]. A Foreign Ministry spokesman says the news was being received with “deep…

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EGYPT RETALIATES FOR CHRISTIAN KILLINGS WITH AIRSTRIKES IN LIBYA

26th May 2017 . by incontext_adm

Following attacks on Coptic Christians in Egypt, government jets attacked positions in eastern Libya. The bombings were aimed at terrorist outposts, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi said, adding that any form of state-sponsored terrorism should be punished. Anyone who attacks Egypt, whether they’re from inside or outside Egypt’s borders, will be targeted, the president added….

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MASKED GUNMEN KILL 28 IN ATTACK ON CHRISTIANS IN EGYPT

26th May 2017 . by incontext_adm

Gunmen attacked a group of Coptic Christians traveling to a monastery in central Egypt on Friday, killing 28 people and wounding 24, with many children among the victims, Health Ministry officials said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which came on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan. It followed…

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21 KILLED AS PHILIPPINE MILITARY BATTLE ISIS-LINKED MILITANTS

25th May 2017 . by incontext_adm

26 MAY 2017 –  Army tanks packed with soldiers rolled into a southern Philippine city on Thursday to try to restore control after Isis-linked militants launched a violent siege that sent thousands of people fleeing for their lives and raised fears of extremists gaining traction in the country. At least 21 people have died in…

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