PROTESTS HIT TEHRAN, TWO DEMONSTRATORS REPORTED KILLED IN IRAN TOWN

31st December 2017 . by incontext_adm

31 DECEMBER 2017 – Street protests hit Iran for a third day running on Saturday, spreading to the capital Tehran with crowds confronting police and attacking some state buildings, and a social media report said two demonstrators had been shot dead in a provincial town. The wave of anti-government demonstrations, prompted in part by discontent over…

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SCATTERED PROTESTS ERUPT IN IRAN OVER ECONOMIC WOES

30th December 2017 . by incontext_adm

30 DECEMBER 2017 – Protests over the Iranian government’s handling of the economy spread to several cities on Friday, including Tehran, in what appeared to be a sign of unrest. President Hassan Rouhani began his second term in August after winning re-election on promises to revitalise an economy hurt by sanctions. Although foreign investment is rising, the…

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GUNMAN LAUNCHES DEADLY ATTACK ON COPTIC CHURCH NEAR CAIRO

29th December 2017 . by incontext_adm

29 DECEMBER 2017 – A gunman opened fire outside a Coptic church south of Cairo, killing at least nine people and wounding at least five others before being shot dead by police. The incident took place at the Mar Mina church in the Helwan district on the capital’s southern outskirts, according to Egypt’s health ministry. The…

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AFGHANISTAN SUICIDE BOMB ATTACK: DOZENS KILLED IN KABUL

29th December 2017 . by incontext_adm

29 DECEMBER 2017 – At least 41 people have been killed and more than 80 wounded in a suicide bomb attack in the Afghan capital, Kabul. A Shia cultural organisation was the target, but the Afghan Voice news agency was also hit. So-called Islamic State said it was behind the attack. The interior ministry told the…

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2017 A ‘NIGHTMARE YEAR’ FOR CHILDREN CAUGHT IN WAR ZONES

28th December 2017 . by incontext_adm

28 DECEMBER 2017 – According to UNICEF, 2017 was one of the worst years for children caught in conflicts and besieged areas. From being deployed as human shields to acting as suicide bombers, children have become targets on a huge scale. Warring parties in 2017 had a blatant disregarded for international law when it came to…

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SADNESS AND JOY: CHRISTIANS IN MOSUL CELEBRATE FIRST CHRISTMAS AFTER IS DEFEAT

25th December 2017 . by incontext_adm

25 DECEMBER 2017 – A church in Mosul has hosted the first Christmas service since the city was liberated from the Islamic State (IS). Saint Paul’s Church in east Mosul celebrated Christmas mass on Sunday amid tight security. At least 100 Christians were in attendance, with a large number of Muslims coming to support their friends…

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CHRISTMAS IN INDIA TARNISHED BY ‘CLIMATE OF HATE’

24th December 2017 . by incontext_adm

24 DECEMBER 2017 – There is a sense of unease leading up to Christmas celebrations in India, according to Christian groups. “There are open letters being written to schools in Uttar Pradesh asking them not to celebrate Christmas. What is going on in this country? This is not about Hindus, Christians, Muslims or Sikhs. It is…

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SECURITY COUNCIL TIGHTENS ECONOMIC VICE ON NORTH KOREA

23rd December 2017 . by incontext_adm

23 DECEMBER 2017 – The United Nations Security Council placed new sanctions on North Korea on Friday that significantly chokes off fuel supplies and orders North Koreans working overseas to return home, in what may prove the last test of whether any amount of economic pressure can force the isolated country to reverse course on its…

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DEFYING TRUMP, OVER 120 COUNTRIES AT UN CONDEMN JERUSALEM DECISION

22nd December 2017 . by incontext_adm

22 DECEMBER 2017 – More than 120 countries defied President Donald Trump on Thursday and voted in favour of a United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the United States to drop its recent recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Trump had threatened to cut off financial aid to countries that voted in favour. A total…

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TRUMP THREATENS TO CUT AID TO UN MEMBERS OVER JERUSALEM VOTE

21st December 2017 . by incontext_adm

21 DECEMBER 2017 – Donald Trump has threatened to withhold “billions” of dollars of US aid from countries which vote in favour of a United Nations resolution rejecting the US president’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. His comments came after the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, wrote to about 180 of 193…

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