JUST A MINUTE: FACING GOLIATH – A RAGING BULL OR A SITTING DUCK?

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In 40 years of ministry, one of the key lessons I have learnt is that you always need to look at the ‘giants’ in the world through the lenses of an almighty, all-powerful and all-sufficient God. The past month once again revealed a number of global ‘giants’ that seem to be invincible and unbeatable. On…

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RWANDA OFFERS TO HOST REFUGEES TRAPPED IN LIBYA

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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

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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

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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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JUST A MINUTE: TO BE TRANSFORMED AGAIN… AND AGAIN… AND AGAIN

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By Incoming Director Gustav Krös The last eight months have been a fascinating journey, as I walk this road of taking over the leadership of the ministry. It has been a true rollercoaster of emotions, ranging from pure excitement to being overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task ahead, and then also being utterly astonished…

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MIGRANTS EXIT RESCUE SHIP IN ITALY AFTER 19-DAY STANDOFF

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21 AUGUST 2019 (SOURCE: AP) -More than 80 people were being evacuated from a migrant rescue ship on Tuesday, capping a drama that saw 15 passengers jump into the sea to escape deteriorating conditions aboard and spurred Spain to dispatch a naval ship in a bid to end a weekslong humanitarian crisis with Italy. Sicilian…

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PENTAGON CONDUCTS 1ST TEST OF PREVIOUSLY BANNED MISSILE

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20 AUGUST 2019 (SOURCE: AP) -The U.S. military has conducted a flight test of a type of missile banned for more than 30 years by a treaty that both the United States and Russia abandoned this month, the Pentagon said. The test off the coast of California on Sunday marked the resumption of an arms competition that…

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ISLAMIC STATE CLAIMS BOMBING AT KABUL WEDDING THAT KILLED 63

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19 AUGUST 2019 (SOURCE: AP) -The suicide bomber stood in the middle of the dancing, clapping crowd as hundreds of Afghan children and adults celebrated a wedding in a joyous release from Kabul’s strain of war. Then, in a flash, he detonated his explosives-filled vest, killing dozens — and Afghanistan grieved again. The local Islamic…

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NORTH KOREA SNUBS PEACE TALKS WITH SOUTH KOREA

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16 AUGUST 2019 (SOURCE: BBC) -North Korea has rejected any further talks with South Korea, calling its decision “completely the fault of South Korea’s actions”. It issued a statement in response to a speech by South Korea President Moon Jae-in on Thursday. Meanwhile, early on Friday North Korea test-fired two missiles into the sea off…

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