IRAN IS COMPLYING WITH NUCLEAR DEAL RESTRICTIONS: IAEA REPORT

31st August 2018 . by incontext_adm

31 AUGUST 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Iran has remained within the main restrictions on its nuclear activities imposed by a 2015 deal with major powers, a confidential report by the UN atomic watchdog indicated on Thursday. In its second quarterly report since President Donald Trump announced in May that the United States would quit the accord and…

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JUST A MINUTE: SCEPTIC OR CYNIC, WHICH ONE ARE YOU?

30th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

1 Thessalonians 5:20-21 “Do not treat prophecies with contempt but TEST them all; hold on to what is good” On 31 July, South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) announced that they will push ahead with plans to amend the constitution to allow for the expropriation of land without compensation.  International and local media immediately interpreted this…

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RUSSIA’S FLEET TO COUNTER US MOVES AHEAD OF SYRIAN OFFENSIVE

30th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

30 AUGUST 2018 (SOURCE: ASIA TIMES) – Russia has beefed up its naval presence in the Mediterranean amid claims by Moscow that the United States is poised to launch a strike at Syrian forces preparing for a major offensive in Idlib. Up to 11 Russian warships have crossed the Bosporus as tensions between the US and Syria continue…

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TURKEY-US RELATIONS CONTINUE TO DETERIORATE

29th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland As relations between the United States and Turkey have soured in recent months, Ankara has stepped up its pursuit of better relations and increased trade with Europe and Russia. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called the leaders of Britain and Germany on 27 August to discuss strengthened ties even as his government…

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MYNAMAR MILITARY FIGURES ACCUSED OF GENOCIDE AGAINST ROHINGYA

29th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Cherolyn Amery A UN report has said top military figures in Myanmar must be investigated for genocide in Rakhine state and crimes against humanity in other areas. The report, based on hundreds of interviews, is the strongest condemnation from the UN so far of violence against the Rohingya. The army’s tactics are “consistently and…

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RECONCILIATION OR DESTRUCTION IN IDLIB?

29th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland The leader of Syria’s al-Qaeda affiliate has vowed to fight on in Idlib province, the country’s last major rebel stronghold, in the face of a possible government offensive. Abu Mohammed al-Golani of the militant Levant Liberation Committee says state-sponsored surrenders of rebel groups, similar to those that recently occurred in southern Syria,…

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ALL SIDES IN YEMEN MAY BE RESPONSIBLE FOR WAR CRIMES, SAY UN EXPERTS

29th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

29 AUGUST 2018 (SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN) – Individuals at the highest level from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, the government of Yemen and Houthi rebels have committed violations of international law in Yemen that may amount to war crimes, UN experts have said. A long-awaited report released on Tuesday catalogues abuses including rape, torture, disappearances and…

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IRAN DEFIANT: ‘NO THIRD PARTY’ WILL LIMIT ITS SUPPORT TO SYRIA

28th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

28 AUGUST 2018 (SOURCE: SYDNEY MORNING HERALD) – Iran’s defence minister has said his country will continue its support of the Syrian government to ensure improved security in the region, adding that the nature of the two countries’ cooperation won’t be decided by a “third party”. Israel has expressed concern over Iran’s growing influence in Syria, accusing Iran…

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WEEK 3: Taste and See

27th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

“Taste and see that the LORD is good! How blessed is the person who trusts in Him! (Psalm 34:8, ISV)   The first time I was introduced to a Southeast Asian fruit called “durian”, I was told by the locals that the only way to know this “king of all fruits” was to taste it…

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UN REPORT POINTS TO “GENOCIDAL INTENT” OF MYANMAR ARMY

27th August 2018 . by incontext_adm

27 AUGUST 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Myanmar’s military carried out mass killings and gang rapes of Muslim Rohingya with “genocidal intent” and the commander-in-chief and five generals should be prosecuted for orchestrating the gravest crimes under law, UN investigators said on Monday. The civilian government led by Aung San Suu Kyi has allowed hate speech to thrive, destroyed…

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