G5 SUMMIT CONSIDERS OPTIONS FOR COMBATTING DEEPENING CRISES IN SAHEL REGION

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By Donnelly McCleland French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday [16 February] ruled out an immediate reduction of French troops battling Islamist militants in West Africa’s Sahel region, saying a rushed exit would be a mistake. Mr Macron and a group of five African allies — Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger — were taking…

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CHINA HOLDS MILITARY INVASION DRILL AMID TENSIONS WITH TAIWAN

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China held a simulated military attack on Saturday 10 October that included drones, special forces, and airborne troops, in the latest in a series of military exercises aimed at Taiwan. The exercise – the first to be fully disclosed by Chinese state media – took place on Taiwan’s National Day. The Chinese report mentioned the…

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MONTENEGRO VOTES IN TENSE ELECTION DOMINATED BY CHURCH LAND ROW

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On Sunday 30 August, Montenegrins voted in a tight election, testing the three-decade domination of a pro-West ruling party which has faced a year of protests and high tension with supporters of the influential Serbian-dominated Orthodox church. The 58-year-old president, Milo Djukanovic, has led the Adriatic nation almost continuously since the end of communism in the…

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TANZANIA COVID-19 LAB HEAD SUSPENDED, PRESIDENT QUESTIONS DATA

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The president of Tanzania, John Magufuli, has suspended the head scientist in charge of coronavirus testing after samples from non-human sources came back positive. A 10-person task force was appointed to investigate the laboratory, citing compromised methods of testing samples. Mr Magufuli has faced criticism for downplaying the effect of COVID-19 in Tanzania. Opposition chairman,…

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ONLINE CHURCH SERVICES SEE DRAMATIC GROWTH DURING LOCKDOWN

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The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was closed this Easter, for the first time since 1349. For Christians around the world, Easter 2020 was celebrated under unusual circumstances – instead of mass celebrations, processions and pilgrimages, Christians gathered in their homes, some ventured to ‘drive-in’ services, while millions gathered ‘virtually’ online.  In Germany…

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WEEK 9: Love is unity

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1 Corinthians 12:12 “Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.” (NIV) God is Triune – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. That is what we as Christians believe. Three Persons in perfect Unity – One, inseparable. Strong. Forever. Are we as…

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BURKINA FASO’S DISPLACEMENT CRISIS WORSENS IN FACE OF VIOLENT ATTACKS

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By Alex Pollock At least 24 people were killed after unidentified gunmen attacked a church in northern Burkina Faso in the latest assault against places of worship in the West African nation. The attack took place on Sunday [16 February] during a weekly service at a Protestant church in the village of Pansi in Yagha,…

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LEBANESE STAGE EXTRAORDINARY REVOLT AGAINST THEIR POLITICIANS

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By Donnelly McCleland Lebanon has passed a series of major economic reforms, including the slashing of officials’ salaries and the scrapping of austerity measures, after a weekend of mass nationwide protests over a deteriorating economy. The announcement of the 17-point economic program was met with a mixture of cheers and jeers at protests in downtown…

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SYRIA – CHAOS UNLEASHED; CHRISTIANS IMPERILLED, BUT STEADFAST

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Adapted from the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, by *Elizabeth Kendal [1]&[2] Turkey and Russia have agreed what they say is a “historic” deal aimed at keeping Kurdish forces away from Syria’s border with Turkey. It comes during a pause in Turkey’s offensive to drive Kurdish forces out, creating a “safe zone” in the area. Under…

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