US FAILS TO REINSTATE SANCTIONS AGAINST IRAN

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On 21 August, the United States lost a bid to reimpose international sanctions on Iran after being outvoted 13-2 at the UN Security Council. Washington claimed Iran breached the 2015 nuclear deal that aimed to prevent Tehran from developing nuclear weapons in return for sanction relief. The nations that opposed the US bid – specifically…

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FURY GROWS IN WAKE OF HORRIFIC BEIRUT BLAST

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By Donnelly McCleland Some Lebanese called on Sunday [9 August] for a sustained uprising to topple their leaders amid public fury over this week’s [4 August] devastating explosion in Beirut, and the country’s top Christian Maronite cleric said the cabinet should resign. Dozens of people were injured in Saturday’s protests, the biggest since October when…

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ZIMBABWE AGREES TO COMPENSATE WHITE FARMERS WITH BILLIONS AMID ECONOMIC COLLAPSE

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On Wednesday 29 July, Zimbabwe’s government signed an agreement worth $3.5 billion to compensate white farmers who were evicted from their land during a controversial and often violent land redistribution programme in the early 2000s under former President Robert Mugabe. The agreement does not compensate farmers for the value of the land, but rather the…

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NEW U.S. SANCTIONS THREATEN TO DEVASTATE SYRIA’S BELEAGUERED ECONOMY

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Syria faces near-complete isolation as the toughest U.S. sanctions yet come into effect on 17 June. The new law, Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, allows foreign companies to be targeted, including in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. Effectively, the sanctions prevent anyone around the world from doing business with Syrian officials or state institutions or…

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10 JUNE ’20 | PRAY FOR LEBANON

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Dear prayer partners, On Saturday 6 June, people gathered in Beirut’s Martyr’s Square, shouting: “We want a better life,” seeking solutions to the economic crisis, an end to corruption and the downfall of civil war-era politicians. Fighting broke out between rival protest factions after some chanted anti-Hezbollah slogans. Some protesters threw rocks at security forces…

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LEBANON REELS UNDER DOUBLE BLOW OF COVID-19 AND ECONOMIC CRISIS

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By Alex Pollock The past six months have brought hardships unseen in Lebanon even during the bitter days of its 15-year civil conflict that ended in 1990. Already ravaged livelihoods are now buckling under the economic disruptions of the coronavirus pandemic. While the anti-establishment protests that erupted last year called for freedom, secularism and unity,…

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