UN CALLS FOR CEASEFIRE IN GHOUTA (SYRIA) AS DEATH TOLL PASSES 300

22nd February 2018 . by incontext_adm

22 FEBRUARY 2018 – International pressure mounted Thursday to end civilian suffering in a rebel-held enclave near Damascus where Syrian jets have been raining bombs in a blitz that has killed more than 300. United Nations chief Antonio Guterres described the death and devastation that has engulfed Eastern Ghouta since Sunday as “hell on earth”,…

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21st February 2018 . by incontext_adm

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PRO-SYRIAN REGIME FORCES JOIN KURD’S IN FIGHT AGAINST TURKEY IN AFRIN

21st February 2018 . by incontext_adm

21 FEBRUARY 2018 –  Pro-Syrian government forces have entered the contested canton of Afrin to help Kurdish forces defend against a Turkish offensive – a further escalation in Syria’s already complex civil war. Footage broadcast by Hezbollah and Syrian regime-allied outlets showed convoys of tanks carrying Syrian flags and soldiers brandishing weapons entering the northwestern part of the country from…

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ESCALATION IN TENSION BETWEEN ISRAEL AND LEBANON

20th February 2018 . by incontext_adm

20 FEBRUARY 2018 –  Lebanon’s army will use every available means to confront any potential “Israeli aggression” no matter the cost, its commander said on Monday. “I affirm again our categorical rejection of the Israeli enemy infringing on Lebanon’s sovereignty and its sacred right to exploit all its economic resources,” the Lebanese army quoted General Joseph…

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NETANYAHU WARNS IRAN NOT TO TEST ISRAEL

19th February 2018 . by incontext_adm

19 FEBRUARY 2018 – Iran should “not test Israel’s resolve”, Benjamin Netanyahu has warned, as he reiterated his argument Tehran was the world’s greatest threat. The Israeli Prime Minister said Israel would act against Iran, not just its allies in the Middle East, if needed. Holding a piece of what he said was an Iranian drone after its incursion into Israeli…

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AFGHAN TALIBAN WANTS TO END WAR

16th February 2018 . by incontext_adm

16 FEBRUARY 2018 – The Taliban said on Wednesday, in a rare statement to the American people, they wanted to end Afghanistan’s 17-year war through talks, while warning the message should not be seen as a sign of weakness and the fight against U.S. forces would go on. A more aggressive U.S. strategy in Afghanistan…

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ISSUE 188 |15 FEBRUARY 2018

15th February 2018 . by incontext_adm

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JACOB ZUMA RESIGNS AS PRESIDENT OF SOUTH AFRICA

15th February 2018 . by incontext_adm

15 FEBRUARY 2018 – Jacob Zuma resigned as President of South Africa on Wednesday, reluctantly heeding orders by the ruling African National Congress (ANC) to bring an end to his nine scandal-plagued years in power. In a 30-minute farewell address to the nation, 75-year-old Zuma said he disagreed with the way the ANC had shoved…

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UK WARSHIP TO SAIL THROUGH SOUTH CHINA SEAS IN CHALLENGE TO BEIJING

14th February 2018 . by incontext_adm

14 FEBRUARY 2018 – A Royal Navy warship will sail through the South China Sea in an effort to assert freedom of navigation rights in waters where Beijing is increasingly extending its control. HMS Sutherland, a Type 23 frigate, will travel through the key trading lane after concluding a visit to Australia, Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson announced. China claims large areas of the South China Sea and has…

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