WEEK 6: Hope

20th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, NLT)   Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favourite scriptures. There is so much that can be said about this verse, but there is…

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25 SA TOURISTS INVOLVED IN EGYPT BUS EXPLOSION ON THEIR WAY HOME

20th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

20 MAY 2019 (SOURCE: NEWS24) –  The bulk of the South African tourists who were involved in a bus explosion near Egypt’s Giza Pyramids are heading back home.  The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) said in a statement on Sunday night that 25 of the 28 South Africans will be returning to South Africa…

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CHINA TELLS TURKEY TO SUPPORT ITS FIGHT AGAINST UIGHUR MILITANTS

17th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

17 MAY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – China has called on Turkey to support its fight against militants operating in China’s restive far western region of Xinjiang, following criticism from Turkey about rights in a part of China heavily populated by a Turkic, mostly Muslim people. China has faced growing international opprobrium for setting up what it…

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VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT, OPPOSITION HEAD TO TALKS IN NORWAY

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

16 MAY 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – The Venezuelan government and opposition have sent envoys to Norway to attend talks on ways of ending the South American country’s crisis, though their mutual mistrust and differences on key issues are likely to slow chances of progress. The development reported by officials Wednesday appeared to reflect a recognition that…

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ASIA BIBI AND HUSBAND RELOCATE TO CANADA

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row after being accused of blasphemy has left the country to join her family in Canada, her lawyer and officials said. It marks the conclusion of an extraordinary ordeal for Asia Bibi, who was first convicted in 2010 after neighbours accused her…

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ANC WINS SOUTH AFRICAN ELECTION BUT WITH SMALLER MAJORITY

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) won South Africa’s parliamentary elections with 57.5 percent of the vote, the electoral commission said, announcing the official results. The win assured a sixth straight term in power for the ANC. But the result was the worst-ever electoral showing for the party, which has ruled South Africa since the end of…

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IRAN AND THE US ESCALATE THEIR ‘WAR OF WORDS’

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards Iran announced that it would stop complying with certain elements of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, in 60 days if the remaining signatories did not find a way to make the deal more economically beneficial to Iran. The announcement came a year after President…

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SAUDI OIL FACILITIES ATTACKED, U.S. SEES THREAT IN IRAQ FROM IRAN-BACKED FORCES

15th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

15 MAY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Saudi Arabia said armed drones struck two of its oil pumping stations on Tuesday, two days after the sabotage of oil tankers near the United Arab Emirates, and the U.S. military said it was braced for “possibly imminent threats to U.S. forces in Iraq” from Iran-backed forces. The attacks took…

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PRAY FOR THE NATIONS

14th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

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CHINA RETALIATES ON TARIFFS, STOCK MARKETS GO INTO A SLIDE

14th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

14 MAY 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – Sending Wall Street into a slide, China announced higher tariffs Monday on $60 billion worth of American goods in retaliation for President Donald Trump’s latest penalties on Chinese products. Duties of 5% to 25% will take effect on June 1 on about 5,200 American products, including batteries, spinach and coffee,…

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