ISLAMIC STATE AMBITIONS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA CRUSHED WITH LIBERATION OF MARAWI

23rd October 2017 . by incontext_adm

23 OCTOBER 2017 – The Philippines declared an end on Monday to five months of fierce urban warfare in a southern city held by pro-Islamic State militants, a battle that has marked the country’s biggest security crisis in years. Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said combat operations had been terminated, after troops prevailed in the last…

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SPAIN TO SUSPEND CATALONIA’S AUTONOMY

20th October 2017 . by incontext_adm

20 OCTOBER 2017 – Spain’s central government said on Thursday it would suspend Catalonia’s autonomy and impose direct rule after the region’s leader threatened to go ahead with a formal declaration of independence if Madrid refused to hold talks. In an act unprecedented since Spain returned to democracy in the late 1970s, Prime Minister Mariano…

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US WANTS STRONGER RELATIONSHIP WITH INDIA TO COUNTER GROWING CHINESE INFLUENCE

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19 OCTOBER 2017 – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said before a visit to India next week that the Trump administration wanted to “dramatically deepen” cooperation with New Delhi, seeing it as a key partner in the face of negative Chinese influence in Asia. Speaking on Wednesday, less than a month before President Donald…

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XI JINPING ENVISIONS A MODERN SOCIALIST COUNTRY BY 2035

18th October 2017 . by incontext_adm

18 OCTOBER 2017 – Chinese President Xi Jinping opened a critical Communist Party Congress on Wednesday with a pledge to build a “modern socialist country” for a “new era” that will be proudly Chinese, steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world. Xi’s wide-ranging speech, which ran nearly three-and-a-half hours, laid out a…

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IRAQI FORCES CAPTURE KIRKUK FROM KURDS

17th October 2017 . by incontext_adm

17 OCTOBER 2017 – Iraqi government forces captured the major Kurdish-held oil city of Kirkuk on Monday, responding to a Kurdish referendum on independence with a bold lightning strike that transforms the balance of power in the country. A convoy of armored vehicles from Iraq’s elite U.S.-trained Counter-Terrorism Force seized Kirkuk’s provincial government headquarters on…

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MORE THAN 260 PEOPLE KILLED IN TERRORIST ATTACK IN MOGADISHU

16th October 2017 . by incontext_adm

16 OCTOBER 2017 –  At least 263 people were killed by twin bomb explosions in the heart of Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, doctors said on Monday, confirming the deadliest attacks since an Islamist insurgency began in 2007. Local officials had put the death toll at over 200 on Sunday without giving a firm number following the blasts…

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TURKISH MILITARY ENTERS SYRIA

13th October 2017 . by incontext_adm

13 OCTOBER 2017 – Turkish forces that entered Syria’s Idlib province late on Thursday have started setting up observation positions that appear aimed at containing a Kurdish militia, a senior rebel involved in the operation said early on Friday. “The allied Turkish armed forces have entered Syrian territory and begun setting up observation posts,” said…

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DEAL REACHED BETWEEN PALESTINE’S HAMAS AND FATAH

12th October 2017 . by incontext_adm

12 OCTOBER 2017 – Palestinian rival factions Hamas and Fatah have reached a deal over political reconciliation, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement on Thursday without providing further details. Further information will be announced at a noon news conference (10GMT) in Cairo, where unity talks between the rival factions began on Tuesday. “Fatah…

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CATALONIA LEADERS SIGN DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE

11th October 2017 . by incontext_adm

11 OCTOBER 2017 – Catalonia’s leader balked at making a formal declaration of independence from Spain on Tuesday, calling for talks with Madrid over the region’s future in a gesture that eased fears of immediate unrest in the heart of the euro zone. In a much-anticipated speech to the Catalan parliament, ringed by thousands of…

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LIBERIANS HEAD TO POLLS IN KEY ELECTIONS

10th October 2017 . by incontext_adm

Liberians are set to go to the polls to choose a successor to Africa’s first elected female president and Nobel Peace laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Ex-football star George Weah and Vice-President Joseph Boakai are the main contenders in the race to succeed her. Liberia, founded by freed US slaves in the 19th Century, has not…

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