Johnson
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JOHNSON’S ‘DO OR DIE’ BREXIT PLEDGE

7th Aug 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland On 24 July, Boris Johnson replaced Theresa May as leader of the Conservative Party and assumed the country’s top job. Following a campaign premised on delivering Brexit “do or die” by [the end of October] and with [fewer than 100] days until the departure deadline, Johnson wasted no time appointing a pro-Leave…

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RelRes
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RELIGIOUS RESTRICTIONS INCREASE AROUND THE WORLD

7th Aug 2019 . by incontext_adm

[Please note: This article focuses on the topic of restrictions on all religions, not just Christianity.] Compiled by Alex Pollock Over the decade from 2007 to 2017, government restrictions on religion – laws, policies and actions by state officials that restrict religious beliefs and practices – increased markedly around the world. The latest data from…

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Ebola
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WHO DECLARES EBOLA OUTBREAK AN INTERNATIONAL HEALTH EMERGENCY

25th Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock Almost a year after the second worst Ebola outbreak in history began in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [DRC], the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the crisis a “public health emergency of international concern,” PHEIC for short – a label it has only used four times before. The decision was made…

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US
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INTERNATIONAL LEADERS MEET TO DISCUSS ADVANCEMENT OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

25th Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland On 16-17 July, hundreds of members of civil society, religious leaders and survivors of religious persecution gathered in Washington DC for the second-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The event was hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. The purpose of the…

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TrumpKim
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ANOTHER STEP TOWARDS PEACE AS TRUMP AND KIM MEET AT DMZ

11th Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland South Korea’s president on Tuesday [2 July] called a recent US-North Korean summit at the Korean border an end of mutual hostility between the countries, despite scepticism by many experts that it was just a made-for-TV moment that lacked any substance. During their impromptu third summit at the Korean Demilitarised Zone on…

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Egypt
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EGYPTIAN PRESIDENTIAL COMMITTEE LEGALISES 127 CHURCHES

11th Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Mike Burnard A presidential committee tasked with rectifying the status of unlicensed Christian places of worship, chaired by  Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly, approved on Monday [1 July] legalising 127 churches and service buildings that used to be operating without permits. This brings to 1,021 the total number of unlicensed Christian places of worship and…

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Migrants
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MIGRANT CHALLENGES AROUND THE WORLD STILL A CRITICAL ISSUE

11th Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland Pope Francis has prayed for migrants in a special Mass, saying they are people and not just a social issue. The Mass, celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica on Monday [8 July], marked the sixth anniversary of the pope’s visit to the Italian island of Lampedusa on 8 July 2013. Francis had been…

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USA vs Iran
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US-IRAN TENSIONS DEEPEN

27th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

Iran said on Tuesday [25 June] that a decision by the United States to impose “hard-hitting” sanctions on the country’s top leadership, including the Supreme Leader, has permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif)…

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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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