JUST A MINUTE: THE NEXT CRISIS

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by Gustav Krös All around the world people are looking forward to ‘lockdowns’ being lifted so that they can return to their normal lives again. We are longing to go back to work, back to school or back to university. We want to visit our friends and family again, go to our favourite restaurant, watch…

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HEWIGE SPEKULASIE OOR NOORD-KOREAANSE LEIER SE GESONDHEID

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Kim Jong-un, die Noord-Koreaanse leier, is reeds meer as twee weke nie in die openbaar gesien nie, terwyl die wêreld min gegewens het oor sy gesondheidstoestand óf waar hy hom bevind. Spekulasie is aan die orde van die dag – nie eers Donald Trump, die Amerikaanse president, (wat ’n redelike verhouding met Kim opgebou het),…

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SEPARATISTE VERKLAAR ONAFHANKLIKE REGERING IN SUID-JEMEN

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Die Suidelike oorgangsraad, ’n groep Jemenitiese separatiste, het ’n onafhanklike regering in verskeie suidelike provinsies in Jemen verklaar. Dié magsverklaring is strydig met die Riyadh-ooreenkoms, ’n magsdelingsooreenkoms wat in November 2019 deur die separatiste en die Jemenitiese regering onderteken is. Dit het behels dat die regering herorganiseer word en die militêre- en veiligheidsmagte onder beheer…

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CORONAVIRUS THREATENS TO TURN AID CRISES INTO ‘HUMANITARIAN CATASTROPHES’

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By Donnelly McCleland Stringent new international restrictions on movement introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic are threatening the lives of millions of people across the world already caught up in humanitarian emergencies. UN agencies, aid groups and international experts have warned that the new restrictions, which have closed borders and ports, and severely limited the…

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LEBANON REELS UNDER DOUBLE BLOW OF COVID-19 AND ECONOMIC CRISIS

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By Alex Pollock The past six months have brought hardships unseen in Lebanon even during the bitter days of its 15-year civil conflict that ended in 1990. Already ravaged livelihoods are now buckling under the economic disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic. While the anti-establishment protests that erupted last year called for freedom, secularism and unity,…

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SAUDI ARABIA ABOLISHES DEATH PENALTY FOR MINORS AND FLOGGINGS

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By Donnelly McCleland Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has ordered an end to the death penalty for crimes committed by minors, according to a statement Sunday [26 April] by a top official. The decision comes on the heels of another ordering judges to end the practice of flogging, replacing it with jail time, fines or community…

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SEPARATISTS DECLARE AUTONOMOUS RULE IN SOUTHERN YEMEN

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The Southern Transitional Council (STC), a group of Yemeni separatists, has claimed autonomous rule in multiple southern provinces in Yemen. The claim to power is in violation of the Riyadh Agreement, a power-sharing deal signed in November 2019 between the separatists and the Yemeni government. The deal included an agreement to reorganise the government and…

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SPECULATION RIFE OVER NORTH KOREAN LEADER’S HEALTH STATUS

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North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, has not been seen in public for more than two weeks, but the world has few clues to his whereabouts or the state of his health. Speculation is rampant – not even US President Donald Trump, who has developed quite a rapport with Mr Kim, could say with certainty how…

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29 APRIL ’20 | BID VIR JEMEN

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Liewe gebedsvriende Kitsvloede in Jemen het tot gevolg gehad dat minstens agt mense dood en 85 beseer is, terwyl byna 15,000 mense in Aden – wat tot rampgebied verklaar is – ontwortel is. Die Verenigde Nasies werk saam met die regering van Jemen om die ontworteldes se behoeftes te bepaal. Die situasie dra by tot…

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29 APRIL ’20 | PRAY FOR YEMEN

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Dear prayer partners, Flash floods in Yemen have left at least eight people dead, 85 injured, and almost 15,000 displaced in Aden (which was declared a disaster zone). The United Nations is working with the government of Yemen to assess the needs of all those who are displaced. This has added to Yemen’s long list…

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