NEW AGREEMENT WILL SEE ROHINGYA REFUGEES RETURN TO MYANMAR

17th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

17 JANUARY 2018 – Bangladesh and Myanmar have agreed that they will try to complete the repatriation of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslim refugees who fled from violence in Myanmar within two years, Bangladesh’s Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday. The ministry said a joint working group from the two countries finalised an agreement on Monday on the physical arrangements for…

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DENMARK TO INCREASE DEFENSE SPENDING TO COUNTER RUSSIA

16th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

16 JANUARY 2018 – The Danish government expects to win backing for a substantial increase in defense spending next month, to counter Russia’s intensified military activity in eastern and northern Europe, the NATO-member’s prime minister said Monday. Denmark last week deployed 200 troops to a UK-led NATO mission in Estonia aimed at deterring Russia from…

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NEW U.S. BACKED BORDER SECURITY FORCE ANGERS TURKEY

15th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

15 JANUARY 2018- The U.S.-led coalition is working with its Syrian militia allies to set up a new border force of 30,000 personnel, the coalition said on Sunday, a move that has added to Turkish anger over U.S. support for Kurdish-dominated forces in Syria. A senior Turkish official told Reuters the U.S. training of the new…

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WAR CONTINUES IN EAST UKRAINE

12th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

12 JANUARY 2018 – Ukraine and pro-Russian separatists accused each other on Thursday of ramping up attacks in their conflict as the Ukrainians reported three servicemen killed in the worst fighting of 2018. Apart from the three killed, three others were also wounded in fighting in the past 24 hours, Ukrainian military spokesman Oleksander Motuzyanyk said….

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PROTESTS IN TUNISIA CONTINUE SEVEN YEARS AFTER START OF ARAB SPRING

11th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

11 JANUARY 2018 – Tunisian demonstrators defied the threat of a security clampdown on Wednesday as they spilled onto the streets of the capital and at least four other towns for a third night of violent protest fuelled by economic hardship. Police fired teargas to disperse crowds in Tunis and in Tebourba, a small town…

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SYRIAN ARMY CLAIMS ATTACKS BY ISRAEL

10th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

10 JANUARY 2018 – Israel has launched an attack using jets and ground-to-ground missiles on several military outposts near the Syrian capital of Damascus, Syria’s army said on Tuesday. Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, refused to confirm or deny the bombardment but issued an unusually defiant statement when asked by reporters, declaring Israel would see through its policy of preventing Hezbollah…

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EUROPE’S MIXED OPINION ON CHINA’S SILK ROAD PLANS

9th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

09 JANUARY 2018 – Depending on who you ask in Europe, China’s colossal East-West infrastructure programme is either an opportunity or a threat — and when French President Emmanuel Macron visits next week, Beijing will be watching to see how keen he is to jump on board. Since China launched the New Silk Road plan…

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UNCERTAIN FUTURE FOR UNRWA AS US THREATENS TO WITHHOLD FUNDS

8th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

08 JANUARY 2018 – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin trod carefully on Sunday around a threatened U.S. aid cut to Palestinians, stopping short of backing a funding halt as he repeated calls for a U.N. agency that helps Palestinian refugees to be dismantled. Netanyahu’s public comments appeared to reflect a desire to show support for a…

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IRANIAN ARMY COMMANDER OFFERS TO HELP POLICE SUPPRESS UNREST

5th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

5 JANUARY 2018 – Iran’s army chief declared on Thursday that police had quelled anti-government unrest that has killed 21 people but that his troops were ready to intervene if needed, as authorities staged more pro-government rallies. The protests, which seem spontaneous and without a unifying leader, erupted a week ago in Iran’s second city of…

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DRC VIOLENCE SHOWS KABILA ‘DETERMINED TO STAY IN POWER’

2nd January 2018 . by incontext_adm

2 JANUARY 2018 – Civil society groups and human rights activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are calling for sustained pressure on the country’s president, after protesters demanding Joseph Kabila step down were killed this week. At least seven people were killed across the country on Sunday, after security forces reportedly fired tear gas, rubber…

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