GLOBAL CONCERN OVER DISASTER PREPAREDNESS

31st December 2018 . by incontext_adm

31 DECEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – As Indonesia reels from the carnage of yet another natural disaster, authorities around the globe are working on how they can prepare for the kind of freak tsunami that battered coasts west of Jakarta this month. The Dec. 23 tsunami killed around 430 people along the coastlines of the Sunda…

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KURDISH LEADERS LOOKING TO SYRIA AND RUSSIA IN FIGHT AGAINST ISIS AND TURKEY

28th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

28 DECEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) –  Alarmed by a U.S. decision to leave Syria, Kurdish leaders who run much of the north are urging Russia and its ally Damascus to send forces to shield the border from the threat of a Turkish offensive. Their call for a return of Syrian government forces to the border,…

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BRITAIN COMMISSIONS REVIEW OF CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION WORLDWIDE

26th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

26 DECEMBER 2018 (SOURCE:REUTERS) – Britain has commissioned an independent review into the persecution of Christians to find practical steps to support followers of a religion that it said has been subject to a dramatic rise in violence worldwide. Some 215 million Christians worldwide faced persecution for their faith last year, it said, with Christian women…

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PUTIN ACCUSES US OF POSSIBLE “DESTRUCTION OF CIVILIZATION”

21st December 2018 . by incontext_adm

21 DECEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: AP) – Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a chilling warning Thursday about the rising threat of a nuclear war, putting the blame squarely on the U.S., which he accused of irresponsibly pulling out of arms control treaties. Speaking at his annual news conference, Putin warned that “it could lead to the destruction…

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TRUMP PULLING ALL US TROOPS FROM SYRIA

20th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

20 DECEMBER 2018 (SOURCE:AP) – President Donald Trump is pulling all 2,000 U.S. troops out of Syria, officials announced Wednesday as the president suddenly declared victory over the Islamic State, contradicting his own experts’ assessments and sparking surprise and outrage from his party’s lawmakers who called his action rash and dangerous. The U.S. began airstrikes…

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HODEIDA CEASEFIRE GOES INTO FORCE AFTER FIGHTING

18th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

18 DECEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: AP) – A cease-fire went into force early Tuesday in Yemen’s Red Sea port of Hodeida after intense fighting between government-allied forces and Shiite rebels erupted shortly before the U.N.-brokered truce took hold in the contested city, Yemeni officials said. They said artillery shelling and heavy machine gun fire shook districts in…

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THOUSANDS MARCH AGAINST INCREASING AUTHORITARIAN RULE IN HUNGARY

17th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

17 DECEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Thousands of Hungarians thronged the streets of Budapest on Sunday in the fourth and largest protest in a week against what they see as the increasingly authoritarian rule of right-wing nationalist Viktor Orban. Braving sub-zero temperatures, setting off flares and waving Hungarian and European Union flags, about 10,000 demonstrators walked…

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US SENATE REBUKES SAUDI OVER KHASHOGGI MURDER, VOTES TO STOP SUPPORT OF WAR IN YEMEN

14th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

14 DECEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: AP) – Senators voted Thursday to recommend that the U.S. end its assistance to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen and put the blame for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi squarely on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a direct challenge to both the longtime Middle East ally and…

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JUST A MINUTE: HANDING OVER THE BATON

13th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis 2019 is upon us, not unexpectedly but still unexplored. However, for Helen and I, and for the ministry of INcontext, we already know that this will be a life-defining year. This year we, as a couple, will…

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TRUMP SIGNS IRAQ AND SYRIA GENOCIDE RELIEF AND ACCOUNTABILITY ACT

13th December 2018 . by incontext_adm

13 DECEMBER 2018 (SOURCE: FIDES) – Yesterday the American President Donald Trump, signed the Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act of 2018. The law, which defines as Genocide crimes perpetrated in recent years by Jihadists on Christians and Yazidis in Iraq and Syria, commits the US government to supplying aid to victims of violence…

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