TRUMP SETS FOOT IN NORTH KOREA, AGREES WITH KIM TO RESUME TALKS

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30 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met its leader, Kim Jong Un, in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas and agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks. The two men shook hands warmly and expressed hopes…

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JUST A MINUTE: TODAY’S CHURCH – ANTICIPATING OR SURPRISED?

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Today’s Church: Anticipating or Surprised? – By Gustav Krös, incoming director In June 2013, INcontext hosted world-renowned journalist and author, Dr David Aikman in South Africa for a few speaking engagements. Dr Aikman’s illustrious career included 23-years at TIME Magazine where he served as senior foreign correspondent, and thus had a front row seat to most…

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TRADE, CLIMATE CHANGE, IRAN FOCUS AS G-20 LEADERS MEET

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28 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – Trade and geopolitical tensions, and the looming threat of climate change, are on the agenda as the presidents of the United States and China and other world leaders gather in Osaka, Japan, for a summit of the Group of 20 major economies. While prospects for detente in the trade war…

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TEMPERATURES OF 62°C IN KUWAIT?

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A message is currently doing the rounds on social media – supported by a number of pictures – that temperatures of 62°C in Kuwait has caused trees to burst into flames, traffic lights to melt and cars to dissolve. Christian sources added to the original message, linking it to Revelation 16:8-9: “The fourth angel poured…

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TRUMP AND KIM ARE READY FOR ANOTHER SUMMIT

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27 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: VICE NEWS) – Four months after Donald Trump walked away from the negotiating table in Hanoi, the U.S. president is closing in on a third summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. That’s according to South Korean President Moon Jae-In, who painted a hugely optimistic picture of the state of peace and denuclearization talks…

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US-IRAN TENSIONS DEEPEN

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Iran said on Tuesday [25 June] that a decision by the United States to impose “hard-hitting” sanctions on the country’s top leadership, including the Supreme Leader, has permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif)…

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ETHIOPIAN INFIGHTING THREATENS PRIME MINISTER’S REFORM PROCESS

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By Donnelly McCleland Ethiopia marked a national day of mourning on Monday [24 June] after four government officials [and a retired general], including the governor of the Amhara region and the chief of the army, were assassinated over the weekend in dual attacks in Addis Ababa and Amhara’s capital city, Bahir Dar. State forces shot…

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MASS PROTESTS IN HONG KONG OVER PROPOSED EXTRADITION BILL

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By Alex Pollock Thousands of people in Hong Kong surrounded police headquarters [on Friday 21 June], calling for an extradition bill to be scrapped. Millions of people have marched against the bill in recent weeks, with violent clashes breaking out with police. The bill, which allows extradition to mainland China, has already been suspended. People…

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U.S. LAUNCHES ECONOMIC FORMULA FOR MIDDLE EAST PEACE

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26 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – The Trump administration launched a $50 billion economic formula for Israeli-Palestinian peace on Tuesday, saying an investment program for the Palestinians was a precondition for ending the decades-old conflict. U.S. President Donald Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner opened a two-day international meeting in Bahrain to rally support for…

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IRAN SAYS U.S. SANCTIONS ON KHAMENEI MEAN END OF DIPLOMACY

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25 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE; REUTER) – New U.S. sanctions against Iran’s supreme leader and foreign minister have closed off diplomacy, Iran said on Tuesday, blaming the United States for abandoning the only route to peace just days after the two foes came within minutes of conflict. U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing sanctions…

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