VETE TUSSEN AUSTRALIË EN CHINA INTENSIVEER

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Vir die eerste keer in bykans 50 jaar, het Australië geen mediaverteenwoordiging in China nie – dít vanweë die huidige politieke dooiepunt waarin dié twee lande hulle bevind. Die fokus van die konflik het na mediapersoneel verskuif toe twee Australiese joernaliste, Bill Birtles van ABC en Mike Smith van die Australian Financial Review, aangehou is…

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LEBANON CRISIS DEEPENS AS LEADERS FAIL TO FORM GOVERNMENT

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Lebanese leaders have failed to form a cabinet as the French-given deadline to do so passed in mid-September. Current president Michel Aoun has expressed deep concern if a government is not formed soon. He proposed annulling sectarian quotas in the main cabinet ministries, a legacy of Lebanon’s unique confessional power-sharing system. However, this suggestion has…

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AUSTRALIA AND CHINA’S STANDOFF INTENSIFIES

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Australia’s media is without representation in China for the first time in nearly 50 years as the diplomatic standoff between the two countries continues. The conflict shifted its focus towards media personnel when two Australian journalists, Bill Birtles for ABC and Mike Smith for the Australian Financial Review, were detained as “persons of interest” in…

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PREVIOUS DEVOTIONS

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Please note that there will be no new devotions for the remainder of the year, but you are welcome to revisit some of our previous series by clicking HERE.   Share on: WhatsApp

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23 SEPTEMBER ’20 | BID VIR DIE IVOORKUS

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Liewe gebedsvriende Guillaume Soro, opposisieleier en voormalige bondgenoot van president Ouattara van die Ivoorkus, het Donderdag, 17 September, gewaarsku dat sy kandidaatskap “stewig, onveranderbaar en onherroeplik” is. Dié waarskuwing kom ná die grondwetlike hof 40 presidentskandidate, waaronder ook Soro, verwerp en slegs vier aanvaar het wat die komende presidentsverkiesing op 31 Oktober mag teenstaan. Soro…

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23 SEPTEMBER ’20 | PRAY FOR IVORY COAST

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Dear prayer partners, On Thursday 17 September, an Ivory Coast opposition leader, Guillaume Soro (former ally of President Ouattara), warned that his candidacy was “firm, unchangeable and irrevocable,” after the constitutional court rejected 40 presidential candidates, including Soro, leaving only four to contest the upcoming elections on 31 October. Soro explained that Ivory Coast has…

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ETHIOPIA’S ESCALATING REGIONAL POLITICAL CRISIS

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By Alex Pollock The feud between Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and the ruling party in the strategically important Tigray region is escalating, raising fears of military confrontation and the break-up of Africa’s second-most-populous nation. The tensions revolve around the regional government’s decision to press ahead with organising its own election for the Tigray parliament…

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AFGAANSE VREDESONDERHANDELINGE SKOP IN KATAR AF

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Op Saterdag, 12 September, het die langverwagte vredesonderhandelinge tussen die Afgaanse regering en die Taliban in Doha, Katar, ’n aanvang geneem. Dié onder-handelinge is oorspronklik vir Maart beplan (ná die ooreenkoms tussen Amerika en die Taliban wat in Februarie onderteken is). Ingevolge dié ooreenkoms moes die Afgaanse regering 5,000 Taliban-gevangenes vrylaat, in ruil vir die…

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VLUGTELINGKAMP OP GRIEKSE EILAND BRAND AF EN LAAT 13,000 DAKLOOS

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Ná die berugte en oorvol vlugtelingkamp, Moria, op die Griekse eiland Lesbos, in die brande van 8 en 9 September in puin gelê is, moes duisende asielsoekers noodgedwonge in die opelug slaap. Amptenare het gesê die brande is met opset gestig deur kampinwoners wat kwaad was oor kwarantyn- en isolasie-maatreëls wat ingestel is nadat 35…

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AFGHAN PEACE TALKS KICK OFF IN QATAR

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On Saturday 12 September, the long-awaited Intra-Afghan Peace talks, between the Afghanistan government and the Taliban, were opened in Doha, Qatar. The talks were originally planned for March, after the United States-Taliban deal, that was signed in February. As part of the deal, the Afghan government had to release 5,000 Taliban prisoners in exchange for…

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