“OFFICIAL ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF DEFEAT”- ISIS BLOWS UP HISTORIC MOSQUE WHERE IT DECLARED A CALIPHATE

22nd June 2017 . by incontext_adm

Islamic State militants on Wednesday blew up the Grand al-Nuri Mosque of Mosul and its famous leaning minaret, Iraq’s military said in a statement, as Iraqi forces seeking to expel the group from the city closed in on the site. It was from this medieval mosque three years ago that the militants’ leader Abu Bakr…

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SAUDI’S DEPUTY CROWN PRINCE MOHAMMED BIN SALMAN CONFIRMED AS NEXT RULER OF KINGDOM

21st June 2017 . by incontext_adm

21 JUNE 2017 – Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was promoted to crown prince on Wednesday, replacing his cousin in a sudden announcement that confirms King Salman’s 31-year-old son as next ruler of the kingdom. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Nayef has been relieved of his post and replaced by Mohammed bin…

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“POTENTIAL TARGETS” TENSIONS ESCALATE BETWEEN US AND RUSSIA

20th June 2017 . by incontext_adm

20 JUNE 2017 – The White House said on Monday that coalition forces fighting Islamic State militants in Syria retained the right to self-defense as Russia warned it viewed any planes flying in its area of operations as potential targets. Tensions escalated on Sunday as the U.S. military brought down a Syrian military jet near…

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“SOME ATE CARDBOARD BOXES” MARAWI CHRISTIAN RESIDENCE TELL OFFICIALS

19th June 2017 . by incontext_adm

19 JUNE 2017 – Terrified Christians are escaping Isis militants in the Filipino town of Marawi by wearing hijabs borrowed from Muslims. There are around 1,500 people trapped in the besieged Filipino city, which is about 60 miles south of Cagayan de Oro. Almost 100 people have escaped on foot, while others have swum across the…

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AL-SHABAB ATTACK CLAIMS 31 LIVES ACCORDING TO AP

16th June 2017 . by incontext_adm

16  JUNE 2017 – Militants began an assault in the capital, Mogadishu, on Wednesday evening with a car bombing at the gates of a hotel popular with foreigners, and continued with gunfire at a nearby restaurant. The Associated Press put the death toll at 31, citing local officials and the emergency services, an increase from…

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HUMANITARIAN CRISIS IN YEMEN WORSENS WITH THOUSANDS CONTRACTING CHOLERA

15th June 2017 . by incontext_adm

15 JUNE 2017 – Save the Children has warned that the rate of cholera infection in Yemen has tripled over the past 14 days, with an average of 105 children contracting the disease every hour – or one every 35 seconds. The country is now on “the verge of total collapse” according to Grant Pritchard, the…

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US TROOP LEVELS TO AFGHANISTAN SET TO INCREASE

14th June 2017 . by incontext_adm

14 JUNE 2017 – U.S. President Donald Trump has given Defense Secretary Jim Mattis the authority to set troop levels in Afghanistan, a U.S. official told Reuters on Tuesday, opening the door for future troop increases requested by the U.S. commander. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no immediate decision had been…

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HUNDREDS ARRESTED AS PROTEST AGAINST PUTIN GROWS

13th June 2017 . by incontext_adm

13 JUNE 2017 – Hundreds have been arrested as a swathe of protests against President Vladimir Putin take place across Russia. Associated Press journalists witnessed at least 50 arrests in St Petersburg, Russia’s second-largest city, with Russian media reporting at least 300 arrests. At least 200 protesters were detained by police near central Moscow’s Pushkin Square, Reuters…

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KURDISH-LED FORCES SEIZE PART OF ISIS “CAPITAL” RAQQA

12th June 2017 . by incontext_adm

12 JUNE 2017 – A US-backed Syrian opposition force said it has captured a northwestern neighbourhood of the Isis de-facto capital of Raqqa – the second district to fall in their hands in days after the group launched a wide offensive to gain control of the city. The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) said its fighters captured…

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UK ELECTIONS DEALS MAY A CRUSHING BLOW

9th June 2017 . by incontext_adm

09 JUNE 2017 – British voters dealt Prime Minister Theresa May a devastating blow in a snap election she had called to strengthen her hand in Brexit talks, wiping out her parliamentary majority and throwing the country into political turmoil. With no clear winner emerging from Thursday’s election, a wounded May signaled she would fight on….

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