HONG KONG VOWS TO PRESS AHEAD WITH EXTRADITION BILL DESPITE HUGE PROTEST

10th June 2019 . by incontext_adm

10 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Riot police surrounded Hong Kong’s parliament on Monday after authorities said they would go ahead with a proposed extradition law, which would allow suspects to be sent to mainland China, despite protests from an estimated crowd of more than a million. What began as a peaceful protest through the center…

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RAMAPHOSA IS THE RIGHT PRESIDENT AT THE RIGHT TIME FOR SA, SAYS CHINA

7th June 2019 . by incontext_adm

07 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: IOL) – Beijing’s top envoy in South Africa, Ambassador Lin Songtian on Thursday praised South Africa’s developmental ambitions, adding that with China’s support, President Cyril Ramaphosa has the potential to save millions of South Africans from the grips of poverty and unemployment. “We are happy now the [May 8 general] election is…

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U.S. PURSUES SALE OF OVER $2 BILLION IN WEAPONS TO TAIWAN IN TEST FOR CHINA

6th June 2019 . by incontext_adm

06 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – The United States is pursuing the sale of more than $2 billion worth of tanks and weapons to Taiwan, four people familiar with the negotiations said, in a move likely to anger China as a trade war between the world’s two biggest economies escalates. An informal notification of the proposed…

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DEATH TOLL IN SUDAN VIOLENCE RISES TO 60

5th June 2019 . by incontext_adm

05 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – The number of people killed since security forces stormed a protest camp outside Sudan’s Defence Ministry in central Khartoum two days ago has risen significantly to 60, a doctors group linked to the opposition said on Wednesday. The death toll had earlier been put at 35. Talks between the Transitional…

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35 DEAD AS SUDAN TROOPS MOVE AGAINST DEMOCRACY PROTESTERS

4th June 2019 . by incontext_adm

04 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – Sudan’s ruling military moved to crush the protest movement opposing its grip on power as security forces overran the main sit-in site in the capital Monday, unleashing furious volleys of gunfire, burning down tents and killing at least 35 people, witnesses and protest leaders said. With the assault, the generals…

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PROSPERITY, REPRESSION MARK CHINA 30 YEARS AFTER TIANANMEN

3rd June 2019 . by incontext_adm

03 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – Thirty years since the Tiananmen Square protests, China’s economy has catapulted up the world rankings, yet political repression is harsher than ever. Hundreds of thousands of Muslims are held in re-education camps without charge, student activists face relentless harassment and leaders in the beleaguered dissident community have been locked up…

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AFRICAN FREE TRADE ZONE TAKES EFFECT

31st May 2019 . by incontext_adm

31 MAY 2019 (SOURCE: EWN) – An African free-trade zone came into force on Thursday, a step toward creating what the African Union (AU) hopes will be a continent-wide market of 1.2 billion people worth $2.5 trillion. “This is a historic milestone!” tweeted Albert Muchanga, AU commissioner for trade and industry. “We celebrate the triumph of…

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SOUTH AFRICA’S PRESIDENT NAMES CABINET THAT IS 50% WOMEN

30th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

30 MAY 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – South Africa’s president on Wednesday named a trimmed-down Cabinet that is 50% women, making the country’s one of few in the world to be “gender-balanced.” President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement followed similar moves by Ethiopia and Rwanda last year. Ramaphosa cut the Cabinet from 36 ministers to 28 as he seeks to reduce the bloating…

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IRAN SET FOR DIALOGUE WITH GULF NEIGHBORS AS TENSIONS SOAR

29th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

29 MAY 2019 (SOURCE: ALJAZEERA) – Iran is ready to engage in dialogue with Gulf Arab countries to address escalating tensions in the Middle East, its deputy foreign minister said on Tuesday. Abbas Araqchi made the comments on a visit to neighbouring Qatar where he met Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani in the capital, Doha. Both…

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TALIBAN INVITED TO MOSCOW FOR AFGHAN TALKS

28th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

28 MAY 2019 (SOURCE: ALJAZEERA)– A delegation of Taliban officials led by the group’s chief negotiator is set to meet Afghan politicians in Moscow this week, officials said on Monday, as fighting continues in Afghanistan and the United States pursues a peace dialogue with the group. The Taliban is to attend a conference marking a century of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Russia on…

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