Ethiopia
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ETHIOPIAN INFIGHTING THREATENS PRIME MINISTER’S REFORM PROCESS

27th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Ethiopia marked a national day of mourning on Monday [24 June] after four government officials [and a retired general], including the governor of the Amhara region and the chief of the army, were assassinated over the weekend in dual attacks in Addis Ababa and Amhara’s capital city, Bahir Dar. State forces shot…

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Hong Kong
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MASS PROTESTS IN HONG KONG OVER PROPOSED EXTRADITION BILL

27th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock Thousands of people in Hong Kong surrounded police headquarters [on Friday 21 June], calling for an extradition bill to be scrapped. Millions of people have marched against the bill in recent weeks, with violent clashes breaking out with police. The bill, which allows extradition to mainland China, has already been suspended. People…

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Sudan
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SUDAN’S OPPOSITION CALL FOR CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE CAMPAIGN AFTER CLAMPDOWN

11th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland A civil disobedience campaign in Sudan has brought the country’s capital to a standstill, closing down restaurants, banks and other businesses and turning streets desolate on Sunday [9 June], the latest escalation by protesters demanding an end to military rule. The mass showing of government defiance follows a military crackdown, that protestors…

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UK leadership
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UK LEADERSHIP AND KEY CONTENDERS

11th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

Compiled by Mike Burnard Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down on Friday 7 June as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party after admitting failure in her attempt to withdraw the country from the European Union. She will remain as a “caretaker” Prime Minister for a few weeks while the party picks a successor. (Global News) Why is Theresa May…

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Zelenskiy
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ZELENSKIY’S SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE PARTY VOWS ‘RADICAL CHANGES’

11th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland The party of Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has kept a strong lead ahead of a parliamentary election due on 21 July, an opinion poll showed on Monday [10 June]. The survey by KIIS research body showed the former television comedian’s equally new party, Servant of the People, on 34.4 percent, below…

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Idlib
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THE BATTLE FOR IDLIB HEATS UP

29th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland The Syrian military and its allies have begun a long, slow and violent campaign to recapture the last province in the country still under opposition control, where the government has gradually cornered rebels, extremists and civilians alike. A victory in Idlib province, in Syria’s northwest, would help the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad,…

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Indian elections
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MODI SCORES DRAMATIC ELECTION VICTORY

29th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi scored a dramatic election victory, putting his Hindu nationalist party on course to increase its majority on a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough stand on national security. His re-election reinforces a global trend of right-wing populists sweeping to victory, from the United States to Brazil…

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Egypt bus
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EGYPTIAN BUS BLAST INJURES TOURISTS

29th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Mike Burnard At least 16 people were injured in a blast targeting a bus near Egypt’s Giza pyramids on Sunday 19 May, security sources said.  There were no initial reports of deaths. Photographs posted to social media showed some people walking away from a bus whose side windows had been blown out. Ahram Online,…

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AsiaBibi
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ASIA BIBI AND HUSBAND RELOCATE TO CANADA

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock A Pakistani Christian woman who spent eight years on death row after being accused of blasphemy has left the country to join her family in Canada, her lawyer and officials said. It marks the conclusion of an extraordinary ordeal for Asia Bibi, who was first convicted in 2010 after neighbours accused her…

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CyrilRamaphosa
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ANC WINS SOUTH AFRICAN ELECTION BUT WITH SMALLER MAJORITY

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) won South Africa’s parliamentary elections with 57.5 percent of the vote, the electoral commission said, announcing the official results. The win assured a sixth straight term in power for the ANC. But the result was the worst-ever electoral showing for the party, which has ruled South Africa since the end of…

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