RAPID US TROOP WITHDRAWAL WOULD INCREASE VIOLENCE IN AFGHANISTAN

5th February 2019 . by incontext_adm

05 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: CNN) – Omar Daudzai, the head of the High Peace Council of Afghanistan, told CNN on Friday that a rapid US troop withdrawal would increase violence in his country. “If it happened in a matter that’s not orderly … if it happens that it leaves a vacuum behind, then obviously bloodshed would…

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POPE ARRIVES IN UAE FOR HISTORIC GULF VISIT

4th February 2019 . by incontext_adm

04 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS)– Pope Francis on Sunday became the first pontiff to set foot on the Arabian Peninsula, just hours after issuing his strongest condemnation yet of the war in Yemen, where his host the United Arab Emirates has a leading military role. Shortly before departing for Abu Dhabi, Pope Francis said he was…

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SOMALIA DECLARED MOST CORRUPT COUNTRY IN THE WORLD

1st February 2019 . by incontext_adm

01 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: ALLAFRICA) – Somalia once again topped the list of the most corrupt country in the world, the latest annual corruption perception index by Transparency International indicated. Somalia was the worst performer, ranking last among the 180 nations listed, below South Sudan, Syria, Afghanistan and Yemen Governments are not doing enough in the…

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PALESTINIAN PRIME MINISTER, GOVERNMENT RESIGN

30th January 2019 . by incontext_adm

30 JANUARY 2019(SOURCE: REUTERS)  – Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Al-Hamdallah has tendered his resignation and that of his unity government to President Mahmoud Abbas, he said on Tuesday, dealing a blow to faltering reconciliation efforts with Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas. Abbas said in a statement that he accepted the resignation and that the government will “continue…

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ASIA BIBI FACES FINAL COURT HURDLE

29th January 2019 . by incontext_adm

29 JANUARY 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – A Christian woman acquitted of blasphemy faces a final legal hurdle in Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Tuesday that could guarantee her freedom, allowing her to join her daughters, who have fled to Canada where they have been given asylum. The hearing is expected to go in favor of Aasia Bibi,…

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WORLD REMEMBERS HOLOCAUST

28th January 2019 . by incontext_adm

28 JANUARY 2019 (SOURCE: AP)   -The world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday amid a revival of hate-inspired violence and signs that younger generations know less and less about the genocide of Jews, Roma and others by Nazi Germany during World War II. As survivors of Auschwitz marked the 74th anniversary of the notorious…

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A NEW ERA FOR CONGO

25th January 2019 . by incontext_adm

25 JANUARY 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi was sworn in as Congo’s president Thursday, marking the country’s first peaceful transfer of power since independence from Belgium nearly 60 years ago, and immediately announced plans for the release of all political prisoners. The 55-year-old Tshisekedi succeeds Joseph Kabila, the strongman who governed the largely…

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INDONESIA FREES JAILED CHRISTIAN POLITICIAN

24th January 2019 . by incontext_adm

24 JANUARY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) –  Indonesia on Thursday released the popular former governor of Jakarta from jail, after serving a reduced two-year sentence for blasphemy against Islam, a case that exposed deep religious divides in the world’s largest Muslim-majority country. An ethnic Chinese Christian, Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, 52, lost a 2017 bid to be…

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VENEZUELA’S MADURO ACCUSES US OF TRYING TO FORCE A COUP

23rd January 2019 . by incontext_adm

23 JANUARY 2019 (SOURCE: ALJAZEERA) – Nicolas Maduro says he has ordered a “revision” of Venezuela’s diplomatic relations with the United States, accusing Washington of trying to force a coup after US Vice President Mike Pence threw his weight behind attempts to get rid of the South American country’s president.  Maduro said on Tuesday he would announce new measures in the…

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ISRAELS OPEN ASSAULT ON IRAN

22nd January 2019 . by incontext_adm

22 JANUARY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) –Israel struck in Syria early on Monday, the latest salvo in its increasingly open assault on Iran’s presence there, shaking the night sky over Damascus with an hour of loud explosions in a second consecutive night of military action. Damascus did not say what damage or casualties resulted from the…

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