INDONESIAN PRESIDENT WIDODO LEADS IN EARLY ELECTION RETURNS

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18 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: THE MERCURY NEWS) – Indonesian President Joko Widodo appeared on track Wednesday to win a second term, according to early vote counts, holding a 10 percentage-point lead over a retired general who had courted nationalist and conservative Islamic forces in a campaign waged on the country’s fault lines. Widodo’s apparent victory over Prabowo…

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SUDAN PROTESTORS DEMAND CIVILIAN RULE

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By Donnelly McCleland Sudan’s main protest group on Sunday [14 April] demanded the immediate handover of power to a civilian transitional government, saying it would keep up the street demonstrations which ousted former President Omar al-Bashir last week to achieve its aims. (Reuters) Uncertainty and turmoil amid jubilation A sit-in in the Sudanese capital, which…

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CONCERN OVER HONG KONG’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO EXTRADITION LAWS

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By Mike Burnard Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong on Sunday [7 April] against a government plan to change extradition laws, fearing an erosion of personal freedom and the city’s status as an international business hub.  The Hong Kong government proposal, announced in February, would grant the city’s leader executive power to send fugitives…

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RIVAL FACTIONS BATTLE FOR TRIPOLI

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By Andrew Richards Libya has been plunged into chaos again, with forces loyal to a polarising military commander marching on the capital and trading fire with militias aligned with a weak UN-backed government. The battle for Tripoli could ignite civil war on the scale of the 2011 uprising that toppled and killed long-time dictator Muammar…

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FIRST RED CROSS AID DISTRIBUTED IN CRISIS-TORN VENEZUELA

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17 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: AP) –  Red Cross volunteers distributed the first shipment of badly needed emergency supplies in Venezuela on Tuesday after months of feuding between the government, which has denied the existence of a humanitarian crisis, and opponents who have been seeking to use the delivery of aid to force President Nicolás Maduro…

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CHRISTIANITY GROWS IN SYRIAN TOWN ONCE BESIEGED BY ISLAMIC STATE

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16 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – A community of Syrians who converted to Christianity from Islam is growing in Kobani, a town besieged by Islamic State for months, and where the tide turned against the militants four years ago. The converts say the experience of war and the onslaught of a group claiming to fight for…

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121 KILLED, NEARLY 600 WOUNDED IN LIBYA FIGHTING

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15 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: IOL) – Fighting near Tripoli has killed 121 people and wounded 561 since strongman Khalifa Haftar launched an offensive earlier this month to take the Libyan capital, the World Health Organization said Sunday. WHO’s Libya account said on Twitter the organisation was sending medical supplies and more staff to Tripoli, and…

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WEEK 1: Love

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When I was in Grade 9, I was invited to attend a sports evening at a youth group in Durban by some friends from school. During one worship song, the Lord prompted me to accept His gift of salvation. As I read the words being projected onto the white screen, His love pierced my heart…

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SUDAN’S BASHIR OUSTED BY MILITARY; PROTESTERS DEMAND CIVILIAN GOVERNMENT

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12 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – President Omar al-Bashir, who ruled Sudan in autocratic style for 30 years, was overthrown and arrested in a coup by the armed forces on Thursday, but protesters took to the streets demanding the military hand over power to civilians. The ouster of Bashir, 75, followed months of demonstrations against his…

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SUDAN’S ARMY TO MAKE ‘IMPORTANT STATEMENT’ AS PROTESTERS CALL FOR BASHIR TO GO

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11 APRIL 2019 (SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN) – The Sudanese army will make an “important statement soon”, state television and radio announced on Thursday morning, as thousands of protesters camped outside the military headquarters in Khartoum demanding the resignation of President Omar al-Bashir. “The Sudanese army will issue an important statement soon. Wait for it,” a television anchor…

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