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WEEK 4: Devastated, and Without a Comforter – Lamentations 1

30th Sep 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

Lamentations 1 divides neatly into two halves: verses 1–11 and 12–22. In verses 1–11, the main voice is that of a reporter or narrator – traditionally believed to be the prophet Jeremiah. The reporter describes the horrific fate and humanitarian crisis that has befallen Jerusalem, which is personified as a woman (Lady Zion). In these…

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SYRIA DEMANDS WITHDRAWAL OF ALL AMERICAN, TURKISH FORCES

30th Sep 2019 . by Andrew Richards

30 SEPTEMBER 2019 (SOURCE: AP) -Syria’s top diplomat on Saturday demanded the immediate withdrawal of American and Turkish forces from the country and said his government reserves the right to defend its territory in any way necessary if they remain. Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem’s remarks to the United Nations General Assembly were made as Turkey…

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JAPAN SAYS CHINA A BIGGER THREAT THAN NUCLEAR-ARMED NORTH KOREA

27th Sep 2019 . by Andrew Richards

27 SEPTEMBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – China’s growing military might has replaced North Korean belligerence as the main security threat to Japan, Tokyo’s annual defense review indicated on Thursday, despite signs that Pyongyang could have nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles. The document’s security assessment on China comes after a section on Japan’s ally, the United States, the…

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RWANDA OFFERS TO HOST REFUGEES TRAPPED IN LIBYA

26th Sep 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock   Hundreds of refugees trapped in Libyan detention centres will be evacuated to Rwanda as conflict rages in the north African nation, the United Nations said on Tuesday [10 September]. Vincent Cochetel, special envoy for the central Mediterranean for the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), said 500 refugees would be evacuated to Rwanda…

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RARE PROTESTS IN EGYPT LEAD TO CLASHES AND ARRESTS

26th Sep 2019 . by incontext_adm

Almost 500 people have been detained in Egypt in the past few days after protests against alleged government corruption, human rights activists say. Demonstrations were reported in Cairo, Alexandria and several other cities on Friday night [20 September], and in the port city of Suez on Saturday evening. The authorities have not yet released an…

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ATTACKS ON SAUDI OIL FACILITIES HEIGHTEN REGIONAL AND GLOBAL TENSIONS

26th Sep 2019 . by incontext_adm

Iran was responsible for the attacks on two Saudi oil facilities earlier this month, the leaders of the United Kingdom, France and Germany said, drawing a sharp response from Iranian officials. The leaders issued a joint statement on Monday [23 September] as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson hinted that the UK may withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, as US President…

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WORLD LOSING GROUND AGAINST VIOLENCE IN SAHEL

26th Sep 2019 . by Andrew Richards

26 SEPTEMBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) –  West African and international powers are failing to tackle the spiraling threat of Islamist militancy in the Sahel region, which is spreading towards the Gulf of Guinea, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said on Wednesday. Groups with links to al Qaeda and Islamic State have strengthened their foothold…

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PAKISTAN PM FEARS MASSACRE IN KASHMIR STANDOFF

25th Sep 2019 . by Andrew Richards

25 SEPTEMBER 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan warned in blunt terms Tuesday of possible war between Pakistan and India over what he called a brutal Indian crackdown in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir. The nuclear-armed rivals, which have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir, have been locked in…

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WEEK 3: Pain, Protest and Prayer (Part 2)

23rd Sep 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

An overview of the structure of Lamentations Lamentations is not the recording of an emotional outburst. Lamentations is a work of art that has been carefully and purposefully formulated, structured and gifted to us by God Himself. The first four poems are acrostic – that is, they follow an alphabetic pattern, with each verse starting…

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CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC ON PAR WITH CRISIS IN YEMEN AND SYRIA

23rd Sep 2019 . by Andrew Richards

23 SEPTEMBER 2019 (SOURCE: CNN) -One of the poorest places on Earth just got poorer. According to the United Nations, the number of people in the Central African Republic (CAR) who rely on aid to survive rose to 2.9 million in 2019 from 2.5 million the previous year. That’s around two-thirds of the country’s population. But…

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