CHINESE PEACEKEEPING FORCE TO HELP UPHOLD SOUTH SUDAN PEACE DEAL

25th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

25 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: GRI) –  Last week, a “final final” peace deal was ostensibly struck– a handshake between South Sudan’s rebel leader Riek Machar and President Salva Kirr– signifying a truce in the 5-year civil war that has devastated the young nation. But a reticence was in the air. Senior officials expressed caution, conscientious of the fragile peace…

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IRAN FEARS PLOT BY US AND ITS GULF ALLIES AFTER ATTACK THAT KILLED 25

24th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

24 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: AP) – On the same day Arab separatists killed at least 25 people in an attack targeting a military parade in southwestern Iran, President Donald Trump’s lawyer mounted a stage in New York to declare that the government would be toppled. “I don’t know when we’re going to overthrow them. It could…

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PAKISTAN INVITES SAUDI ARABIA TO JOIN CPEC

21st September 2018 . by incontext_adm

21 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Islamabad has invited Saudi Arabia to become the third partner in the Beijing-funded Belt and Road corridor of major infrastructure projects inside Pakistan, Pakistan’s information minister said on Thursday. The announcement comes on the back of a two-day trip to Saudi Arabia by new Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had…

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RUSSIA-TURKEY DEAL SEES THOUSANDS RETURN TO IDLIB

20th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

20 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOURCE:AP) – Thousands of people who were recently displaced by violence in northwest Syria have returned home following a Russia-Turkey deal that averted a government offensive on the last major rebel stronghold, Syrian opposition activists said Wednesday. The United Nations said that in the first 12 days of September, over 38,000 people were…

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NORTH AND SOUTH KOREAN LEADERS SIGN JOINT AGREEMENT ON DENUCLEARISATION IN ‘LEAP FORWARD’ FOR PEACE

19th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

19 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: INDEPENDENT) – The North and South Korean leaders presented a joint agreement during their summit in Pyongyang on Wednesday that Kim Jong-un said represented a “leap forward” for peace on the peninsula. At a joint press conference after the signing, South Korea’s Moon Jae-in said North Korea had agreed to “permanently” shut down all of its nuclear and missile testing…

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US IMPOSES ANOTHER $200 BILLION IN TARIFFS ON CHINA

18th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

18 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOURCE:AP) – The Trump administration will impose tariffs on $200 billion more in Chinese goods starting next week, escalating a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies and potentially raising prices on goods ranging from handbags to bicycle tires. The tariffs will start at 10 percent, beginning Monday of next week, and…

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US WILLING TO PROVIDE LETHAL AID TO UKRAINE

17th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

17 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOURCE:AP) –  The United States special envoy for Ukraine said Saturday that Washington would consider providing more armaments to the country, whose army is fighting with Russia-backed separatist rebels in the east. U.S. President Donald Trump this year reversed the Obama administration’s refusal to provide lethal aid to Ukraine and has sent more…

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HOPES RISE AS TWO KOREAS OPEN LIAISON OFFICE

14th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

14 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOURCE:REUTERS) – North and South Korea opened a liaison office on the North’s side of their heavily militarized border on Friday, setting up a permanent channel of communication as part of a flurry of efforts to end their decades old rivalry. Steps by North and South Korea to improve their relations are running…

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EUROPEAN NATO JETS SHOWCASE UNIFIED RUSSIAN DETERRENCE

13th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

13 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – British, French and German fighter jets simulated flight interceptions over Western Europe on Wednesday as part of NATO drills to deter Russian planes from entering allied airspace and to showcase European efforts to integrate their air defenses. Fighter pilots carrying air-to-air missiles from 10 NATO nations took turns to simulate…

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RUSSIA-CHINA LAUNCHES LARGEST WAR GAMES SINCE COLD WAR ERA

12th September 2018 . by incontext_adm

12 SEPTEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: AP) –  Hundreds of thousands Russian troops swept across Siberia on Tuesday in the nation’s largest ever war games also joined by China — a powerful show of burgeoning military ties between Moscow and Beijing amid their tensions with the U.S. Moscow said the weeklong Vostok (East) 2018 maneuvers will span vast…

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