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WARNING SHOTS AS N KOREAN SOLDIER DEFECTS

21st Dec 2017 . by incontext_adm

21 DECEMBER 2017 – South Korea’s military has fired warning shots at North Korean guards searching for a soldier who defected. The North Korean soldier had walked across the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) shortly after 08:00 (23:00 GMT Wednesday). He had emerged from thick fog at a checkpoint, said the South’s military. He is the fourth North Korean…

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SOUTH AFRICA’S ANC PICKS CYRIL RAMAPHOSA AS LEADER

19th Dec 2017 . by incontext_adm

19 DECEMBER 2017 – South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) has selected Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the party’s leader. The country’s deputy president defeated former cabinet minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Mr Zuma’s ex-wife, after a marathon voting process. Mr Ramaphosa is in a strong position to become president in 2019 polls. The…

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PUTIN THANKS TRUMP FOR CIA TIP HE SAYS STOPPED BOMB PLOT

18th Dec 2017 . by incontext_adm

18 DECEMBER 2017 – Russian President Vladimir Putin telephoned US President Donald Trump Sunday to thank him for a CIA tip that helped thwart a series of bombings in St. Petersburg, the Kremlin and the White House said. During the call, the two leaders’ second in three days, Putin expressed gratitude for the CIA information. The…

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Turkish President Erdogan poses with Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, Jordan’s King Abdullah and Palestinian President Abbas for a group photo during an extraordinary meeting of the OIC in Istanbul
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TURKEY HOPES TO OPEN EMBASSY IN EAST JERUSALEM, SAYS ERDOĞAN

18th Dec 2017 . by incontext_adm

18 DECEMBER 2017 – Turkey intends to open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise it as the capital of a Palestinian state. The Organisation of Islamic Cooperation summit was a response to the US president, Donald…

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SUICIDE BOMBERS ATTACK CHURCH IN PAKISTAN’S QUETTA BEFORE CHRISTMAS

17th Dec 2017 . by incontext_adm

17 DECEMBER 2017 – Two suicide bombers stormed a packed Christian church in southwestern Pakistan on Sunday, killing at least nine people and wounding up to 56, officials said, in the latest attack claimed by Islamic State in the country. Police guards stationed at the church entrance and on its roof killed one of the bombers…

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THOUSANDS PETITION UN TO HELP THE MIDDLE EAST’S PERSECUTED CHRISTIANS

14th Dec 2017 . by incontext_adm

14 DECEMBER 2017 – A petition signed by more than 800,0000 people was presented at the United Nations Tuesday, urging the protection of Christians and other persecuted minorities in Iraq and Syria post-IS. The ‘Hope for the Middle East’ petition created by Open Doors calls on the UN to work with religious leaders to maintain peace…

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TILLERSON SAYS US READY TO TALK TO NORTH KOREA; JAPAN WANTS PRESSURE

13th Dec 2017 . by incontext_adm

13 DECEMBER 2017 – US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson offered to begin direct talks with North Korea without pre-conditions, backing away from a key US demand that Pyongyang must first accept that giving up its nuclear arsenal would be part of any negotiations. Tillerson’s new diplomatic overture comes nearly two weeks after North Korea said…

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EU GOVERNMENTS COMPLICIT IN MIGRANT TORTURE IN LIBYA, SAYS AMNESTY

12th Dec 2017 . by incontext_adm

12 DECEMBER 2017 – European governments are knowingly complicit in the torture and abuse of refugees and migrants in Libya, Amnesty International has alleged. In an effort to stem migration, the EU is actively supporting a “system of abuse and exploitation” on Libyan shores, the group said in a report. EU funds are going to authorities…

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MACRON TELLS NETANYAHU THAT US RECOGNITION OF JERUSALEM IS THREAT TO PEACE

11th Dec 2017 . by incontext_adm

11 DECEMBER 2017 – Emmanuel Macron, the French president, has warned US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital was a “threat to peace” as he hosted the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, on his first foreign trip since Donald Trump provoked widespread condemnation with the decision. The joint appearance by the two men, following talks…

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Image: Palestinian protesters run during clashes with Israeli troops at a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah
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ISRAELI SECURITY FORCES BRACE FOR PALESTINIAN ‘DAY OF RAGE’

8th Dec 2017 . by incontext_adm

8 DECEMBER 2017 – Security personnel were preparing for riots on Friday in Jerusalem and the West Bank, amid predictions that Palestinians and Israeli Arabs will escalate their protests against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh said in a televised speech from the Gaza Strip…

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