IRAQ’S KURDS VOTE ON INDEPENDENCE

26th September 2017 . by incontext_adm

26 SEPTEMBER 2017 – Iraqi Kurds voted Monday in a landmark referendum on supporting independence, a move billed by the Kurdish leadership as an exercise in self-determination but viewed as a hostile act by Iraq’s central government. Neighboring Turkey even threatened a military response. To Baghdad, the vote threatens a redrawing Iraq’s borders, taking a…

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MERKEL WINS FOURTH TERM

25th September 2017 . by incontext_adm

25 SEPTEMBER 2017 – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been re-elected for a fourth term while nationalists have made a historic surge in federal elections. Her conservative CDU/CSU bloc has seen its worst result in almost 70 years but will remain the largest in parliament. Its current coalition partner, the social democratic SPD, says it…

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FILIPINOS MARK 45 YEARS OF MARTIAL LAW

21st September 2017 . by incontext_adm

22 SEPTEMBER 2017 – Thousands of people have protested in the Philippines on the 45th anniversary of the declaration of martial law in the country, while denouncing what they say are President Rodrigo Duterte’s authoritarian tendencies and his bloody crackdown on illegal drugs. Hundreds of riot police on Thursday were deployed in the capital, Manila,…

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INFOGRAPHICS

20th September 2017 . by incontext_adm

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THE WORLD IS GETTING BETTER, AND BILL GATES IS OUT TO PROVE IT

20th September 2017 . by incontext_adm

20 SEPTEMBER 2017 –Bill Gates gets a firsthand look at some of the world’s gnarliest problems through his philanthropic work attempting to eradicate disease and improve the quality of life in developing parts of the world. The Microsoft co-founder would probably get a pass if there were days when he just wanted to stay in…

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TRUMP CALLS FOR “BOLD REFORM” OF UNITED NATIONS

19th September 2017 . by incontext_adm

19 SEPTEMBER 2017 – U.S. President Donald Trump criticized the United Nations for bloated bureaucracy and mismanagement on his first visit on Monday to U.N. headquarters, calling for “truly bold reforms” so it could be a greater force for world peace. Ahead of his maiden speech to the annual U.N. General Assembly on Tuesday, Trump…

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PAKISTAN SENTENCES ANOTHER CHRISTIAN TO DEATH

18th September 2017 . by incontext_adm

18 SEPTEMBER 2017 – A Christian man has been sentenced to death in Pakistan for insulting the Prophet Muhammad, his lawyer has said. Nadeem James, 35, was said to have committed blasphemy in a poem he sent to a Muslim friend on the WhatsApp messaging service. He was arrested in July last year after going on…

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NORTH KOREA NOT BACKING DOWN

15th September 2017 . by incontext_adm

15 SEPTEMBER 2017 – North Korea fired a missile that flew over Japan’s northern Hokkaido far out into the Pacific Ocean on Friday, South Korean and Japanese officials said, deepening tension after Pyongyang’s recent test of its most powerful nuclear bomb. The missile flew over Japan and landed in the Pacific about 2,000 km (1,240 miles)…

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“ZAPAD” COULD BE RUSSIA’S TROJAN HORSE

14th September 2017 . by incontext_adm

14 SEPTEMBER 2017 – NATO officials say they are closely watching Russia’s biggest war games since 2013 with many unnerved about what they see as Moscow testing its ability to wage war against the West. NATO believes the exercises – officially starting on Thursday in Belarus, the Baltic Sea, western Russia and the Russian exclave…

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