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ETHIOPIA THREATENS WAR AGAINST EGYPT OVER DAM PROJECT

24th Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

24 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: ALJAZEERA) -Ethiopia’s prime minister has warned that if the need arises to go to war over a dam project disputed with Egypt, his country could ready millions of people, but that only negotiation can resolve a current deadlock. Abiy Ahmed made the remarks on Tuesday during a parliament question-and-answer session, his most…

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Lebanon
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LEBANESE STAGE EXTRAORDINARY REVOLT AGAINST THEIR POLITICIANS

23rd Oct 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland Lebanon has passed a series of major economic reforms, including the slashing of officials’ salaries and the scrapping of austerity measures, after a weekend of mass nationwide protests over a deteriorating economy. The announcement of the 17-point economic program was met with a mixture of cheers and jeers at protests in downtown…

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SYRIA – CHAOS UNLEASHED; CHRISTIANS IMPERILLED, BUT STEADFAST

23rd Oct 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

Adapted from the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, by *Elizabeth Kendal [1]&[2] Turkey and Russia have agreed what they say is a “historic” deal aimed at keeping Kurdish forces away from Syria’s border with Turkey. It comes during a pause in Turkey’s offensive to drive Kurdish forces out, creating a “safe zone” in the area. Under…

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Tunisia
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TUNISIA’S NEW PRESIDENT, SAIED, PROMISES TO FIX ECONOMY

23rd Oct 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Alex Pollock A low-profile, conservative law professor has beaten a charismatic media magnate released from prison earlier [9 October] in Tunisia’s presidential election runoff. In a contest that reflected Tunisia’s shifting post-revolution political landscape, Kais Saied scooped more than 70% of the vote, according to two exit polls, more than 40 points ahead of…

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RUSSIA, TURKEY REACH DEAL TO REMOVE KURDISH YPG FROM SYRIA BORDER

23rd Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

23 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Syrian and Russian forces will deploy in northeast Syria to remove Kurdish YPG fighters and their weapons from the border with Turkey under a deal agreed on Tuesday which both Moscow and Ankara hailed as a triumph. Hours after the deal was announced, the Turkish defense ministry said that…

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PUTIN STEPS UP PUSH FOR INFLUENCE IN AFRICA

22nd Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

22 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: EWN) -President Vladimir Putin stepped up Russia’s push for influence in Africa days before he hosts a summit with African leaders, saying on Monday that Moscow can offer help without political conditions unlike what he cast as the exploitative West. The Kremlin has said it expects 47 African leaders to converge…

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WEEK 7: Energising Faith and Sustaining Hope – Lamentations 3 (Part 2)

21st Oct 2019 . by Hanlie Krös

The valiant man (see Week 6) goes on to give the suffering Judean remnant some advice: be patient (not reactionary!) and wait for the LORD, who will not cast you off forever, for ‘though He causes grief, He will have compassion according to the abundance of His steadfast love; for He does not willingly afflict…

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LEBANON’S HARIRI AGREES TO REFORMS

21st Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

21 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri agreed on Sunday a package of reforms with government partners to ease an economic crisis that has sparked protests aimed at ousting a ruling elite seen as riddled with corruption and cronyism. Officials told Reuters the agreement was reached as hundreds of thousands of…

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PROTESTS SWEEP LEBANON FOR A SECOND DAY

18th Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

18 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Protesters across Lebanon blocked roads with burning tires on Friday and marched in Beirut for a second day in demonstrations targeting the government over an economic crisis. In Lebanon’s biggest protest in years, thousands of people gathered outside the government headquarters in central Beirut on Thursday evening, forcing the…

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MURDER OF SYRIAN POLITICIAN HIGHLIGHTS RISK FOR MINORITIES

17th Oct 2019 . by Andrew Richards

17 OCTOBER 2019 (SOURCE: CRUX) -When Hevrin Khalaf, a young Syrian politician and advocate on behalf of women and religious and ethnic minorities in Kurdistan, was murdered by a Turkish-backed fringe group on Saturday amid Turkey’s new offensive in Syria, her death sparked outcry from around the world. Many have voiced outrage, saying her senseless…

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