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RENEWED PROTESTS IN TUNISIA AFTER DEATH OF PROTESTER

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Protesters in Sbeitla, Tunisia, returned to the streets after it was reported that a young man injured during clashes last week had died in hospital. Haykel Rachdi had joined nationwide protests to mark the 10th anniversary of the Tunisian revolution, which ushered in democracy and triggered the Arab Spring uprisings across the region. What Tunisia…

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2021 – LOOKING AHEAD

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By Andrew Richards The ongoing impact of COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has seen the fastest, and most far-reaching response to a global health emergency in human history. 2021 will see the outworking of this collective scientific effort, as nations embark on the mammoth task of vaccinating millions of people. Despite the calamitous impact of COVID-19…

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COVID-19: JORDAN BECOMES FIRST COUNTRY TO VACCINATE REFUGEES

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According to the UN, Jordan became the first country to include UN registered refugees in its COVID vaccination plan. Iraqi refugee Raia Alkabasi was the first refugee to receive the vaccine, administered by the Jordan Ministry of Health. According to the UNHCR, out of the 90 countries currently developing vaccines, 51 of them have committed…

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COVID-19 VACCINES: ‘Mark of the beast’ or God’s provision?

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By Gustav Krös (*revised on 20 January to include clarification) Over the past month, COVID-19 vaccines have been a hot topic, particularly since the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was approved for use in the USA on 11 December 2020. The debate around whether to use a COVID-19 vaccine or not, was already a common topic of discussion…

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STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED… AND WHY THEY MATTER

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By Donnelly McCleland Jesus challenged His disciples to be aware of what was going on around them (Luke 12:56) and to respond to changing times from His perspective, rather than seeing things through their human understanding. 2020 was one of those monumental years – on a global scale. Covid-19 has quite possibly impacted every person…

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JUST A MINUTE: MEASURING SUCCESS IN 2021

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by Gustav Krös It does not matter who you are, but I believe it is safe to say 2020 did not turn out the way you expected it would. All of us who had the privilege to live through 2020 encountered a year like no other before it. We all had to cancel meetings, travel…

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W.H.O. WARNS COVID CRISIS FAR FROM OVER AS MASSIVE VACCINE ROLL-OUT BEGINS

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By Donnelly McCleland Global coronavirus infections surged past 65 million on Friday [5 December] even as countries doubled down on restrictions and plans to roll out vaccines gathered pace. The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned against complacency and what it said was an erroneous belief that because vaccines are on the near-horizon, the Covid-19 crisis…

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HARD-LINE PAKISTANI RELIGIOUS LEADER KHADIM RIZVI DIES

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On 22 November, tens of thousands of men gathered in Lahore for the funeral of hard-line Pakistani religious leader Khadim Hussain Rizvi. No cause of death was announced for the 54-year-old Rizvi, who died on Thursday (19 November) after suffering a high fever and difficulties breathing. No Covid-19 test or autopsy was conducted. Rizvi rose…

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G20 LEADERS UNITED TO ADDRESS MAJOR GLOBAL PANDEMIC AND ECONOMIC CHALLENGES

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By Alex Pollock Discussions on how to tackle the coronavirus pandemic and deal with the global economic damage it has wrought dominated the Group of 20 Summit, which began on Saturday (21 November) and was hosted virtually by Saudi Arabia. In private sessions, heads of state of the world’s 19 richest countries and the European…

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