STUDY FINDS TALIBAN ACTIVE IN 70% OF AFGHANISTAN

31st January 2018 . by incontext_adm

31 JANUARY 2018 – The Taliban are openly active in 70 percent of Afghanistan’s districts, fully controlling 4 percent of the country and demonstrating an open physical presence in another 66 percent, according to a BBC study published on Tuesday. The BBC estimate, which it said was based on conversations with more than 1,200 individual…

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KENYA OPPOSITION TO SWEAR IN OWN PRESIDENT

30th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

30 JANUARY 2018 – Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga is planning to have himself sworn in as an alternative president on Tuesday, seen as a final push to challenge Uhuru Kenyatta’s election. Odinga challenged the result of the original August vote winning an unprecedented annulment, but then boycotted the court-ordered re-run in October handing victory to…

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TURKEY INTENSIFIES SYRIA CAMPAIGN

29th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

29 JANUARY 2018 – Turkey on Sunday seized a strategic outpost from Kurdish militia in Syria, pressing ahead with a campaign that has strained relations with the United States. After several days of poor visibility because of heavy rain and fog, Turkish warplanes and artillery took advantage of the clear skies and seized Mount Barsaya…

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NEW INITIATIVE TO END MODERN DAY SLAVERY

26th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

26 JANUARY 2018 –  Leading businessmen, philanthropists and politicians have announced a new global fund for ending modern slavery. The public-private partnership plans to develop a new $1.5bn (£1.1bn) fund “to coordinate a coherent, global strategy to address modern slavery”. Speaking at the Davos conference in Switzerland, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s CEO Monique Villa, US…

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WEEK 3: He Cares About the One, Intimately!

25th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

“Suppose one of you had a hundred sheep and lost one. Wouldn’t you leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the lost one until you found it?” Luke 15: 4 (The Message) The young woman I had befriended on the bus was engaged to be married, but her fiancé was back home, unable…

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25th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

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RARE ANNOUNCEMENT BY NORTH KOREA CALLS FOR UNIFICATION

25th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

 25 JANUARY 2018 – North Korea sent a rare announcement addressed to “all Koreans at home and abroad” on Thursday, saying they should make a “breakthrough” for unification without the help of other countries, its state media said. It said all Koreans should “promote contact, travel, cooperation between North and South Korea” while adding Pyongyang…

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260 KILLED IN TURKEY AFRIN OFFENSIVE THREATENING U.S. MILITARY RESPONSE

24th January 2018 . by incontext_adm

24 JANUARY 2018 –  Turkey has killed at least 260 Syrian Kurdish fighters and Islamic State militants in its four-day-old offensive into the Kurdish-dominated Afrin region of northwest Syria, the Turkish military said on Tuesday. U.S. President Donald Trump plans to raise concerns with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in a phone call expected on Wednesday about…

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US EMBASSY TO MOVE TO JERUSALEM BY END OF 2019

23rd January 2018 . by incontext_adm

23 JANUARY 2018 – The U.S. Embassy in Israel will move to Jerusalem by the end of 2019, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said in a speech to the Israeli parliament on Monday that highlighted a policy shift that has stoked Palestinian anger and international concern. President Donald Trump last month recognized Jerusalem as the capital…

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TURKISH AGGRESSION AGAINST KURDISH MILITIAS OPEN NEW FRONT IN SYRIA’S CIVIL WAR

22nd January 2018 . by incontext_adm

22 JANUARY 2018 – Turkey’s army and rebel allies battled U.S.-backed Kurdish militia in Syria’s Afrin province on Sunday, stepping up a two-day-old campaign against YPG fighters that has opened a new front in Syria’s civil war.  Amid U.S. calls for restraint, Turkish artillery pounded YPG positions, while rockets fired from inside Syria slammed into two…

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