ISSUE 179 | 31 AUGUST 2017

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40 MILLION PEOPLE AFFECTED BY FLOODS IN ASIA

31st August 2017 . by incontext_adm

31 AUGUST 2017 –  More than 40 million people have been affected by devastating floods and landslides in South Asia, UN humanitarian agencies have said. Torrential monsoon rains have killed at least 1,200 people and left millions fleeing their homes in India, Bangladesh and Nepal over the last fortnight. Governments and aid agencies are working to bring clean…

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“GATES OF HELL” – FIGHT AGAINST THE ISLAMIC STATE CONTINUES

30th August 2017 . by incontext_adm

30 AUGUST 2017 – Iraqi forces battling to retake the small town of al-’Ayadiya where militants fleeing Tal Afar have entrenched themselves, saying on Tuesday the fighting is “multiple times worse” than the battle for Mosul’s old city. Hundreds of battle-hardened fighters were positioned inside most houses and high buildings inside the town, making it difficult…

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CHINA AND INDIA EASE TENSIONS IN BORDER DISPUTE

29th August 2017 . by incontext_adm

29 AUGUST 2017 – India and China agreed on Monday to back away from their confrontation over a tiny slice of territory high in the Himalayas, easing tensions between the world’s two most populous countries. For weeks, worries had been growing of a major conflict between the two nuclear powers, in what had developed into one of the worst border…

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WEEK 7: What’s In It For Me?

28th August 2017 . by incontext_adm

“The workers who were hired about five in the afternoon came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner.” (Matthew 20:9-10) The parable of the workers…

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TWO MILLION PILGRIMS CONVERGE ON MECCA

28th August 2017 . by incontext_adm

28 AUGUST 2017 –  Two million Muslims from across the globe are converging on Mecca in Saudi Arabia for the hajj pilgrimage, a religious duty and for some pilgrims the journey of a lifetime. This year sees the return of pilgrims from Shiite Iran, regional rival to Sunni powerhouse Saudi Arabia, and comes with the…

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GLOBAL LEADERS COMMIT TO ERADICATING MODERN SLAVERY

25th August 2017 . by incontext_adm

25 AUGUST 2017 – Global business tycoons and politicians from 48 countries committed to ending human trafficking, forced labour and modern slavery on Friday at a landmark gathering of high-profile leaders in the Australian city of Perth. The forum, launched last year to expand public-private partnership to eradicate these crimes, saw participation from the heads of…

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UNITED NATIONS WARNS US OVER ‘ALARMING’ RACISM

24th August 2017 . by incontext_adm

24 AUGUST 2017 – A UN committee charged with tackling racism has issued an “early warning” over conditions in the US and urged the Trump administration to “unequivocally and unconditionally” reject discrimination. The warning specifically refers to events last week in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the civil rights activist Heather Heyer was killed when a car rammed…

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EGYPT’S HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES CAUSE US TO WITHHOLD AID

23rd August 2017 . by incontext_adm

23 AUGUST 2017 – The United States has decided to deny Egypt $95.7m in aid and to delay a further $195m because of its failure to make progress on respecting human rights and democratic norms, two sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The decision reflects a US desire to continue security cooperation as well as frustration with Cairo’s…

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