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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AL-SHABAAB INCREASES ATTACKS IN SOMALIA IN LEAD-UP TO 2021 ELECTIONS

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The Islamist fundamentalist group al-Shabaab claimed an attack that killed at least eight people on Friday 27 November in the Somali capital of Mogadishu. The group bombed a popular ice-cream shop that is frequented by tourists and government officials, claiming the attack was “successful and well-executed.” That bombing was followed by another on Saturday 28…

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25 NOVEMBER ’20 | PRAY FOR BURKINA FASO

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Dear prayer partners, On Sunday 22 November, presidential and legislative elections were held in Burkina Faso. President Roch Kabore is seeking a further five years in power and is up against 12 other candidates for the presidency. The opposition hopes to split the vote and deny Mr Kabore the 51% required for an outright victory…

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JOE BIDEN WINS US ELECTIONS AFTER RECORD VOTER TURNOUT

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By Alex Pollock Former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected the 46th president of the United States, narrowly emerging victorious from a contentious White House campaign that stretched days past election night, as vote tallies in several swing states were slowed by an unprecedented surge in mail-in ballots…And with his victory, his running mate,…

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CONFLICT ESCALATES IN ETHIOPIA’S RESTIVE TIGRAY REGION

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On Wednesday 4 November, Ethiopia’s federal government cut off communications in the heavily armed northern Tigray region and ordered troops to respond to an alleged deadly attack on a military base there. Clashes have escalated and there have been casualties reported on both sides. Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has since issued several statements seeking…

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TANZANIAN GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON OPPOSITION AFTER DISPUTED ELECTION

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Several opposition leaders were arrested in Tanzania after the 28 October presidential election gave incumbent John Magufuli five more years in power. The integrity of the election was called into question as Mr Magufuli received 84% of the vote, which is suspiciously high, according to experts. Main opposition leader Tundu Lissu said he would not…

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28 OCTOBER ’20 | PRAY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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Dear prayer partners, On Sunday 25 October, during a ‘Jews for Trump’ rally, altercations between Trump supporters and counter protesters turned violent in New York City. Supporters of President Trump – including ‘Jews for Trump’, ‘Proud Boys’, and ‘QAnon’ conspiracists – staged a rally in front of Trump Tower, and then marched through midtown to…

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KYRGYZSTAN’S PRESIDENT DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY IN POST-ELECTION CHAOS

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By Donnelly McCleland Kyrgyzstan’s president on Monday [12 October] ordered a new, week-long state of emergency in the country’s capital after parliament failed to consider and approve his previous order within the legally required three days. The confusion reflected the chaos that has engulfed the country after a disputed parliamentary election triggered mass protests. According…

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23 SEPTEMBER ’20 | PRAY FOR IVORY COAST

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Dear prayer partners, On Thursday 17 September, an Ivory Coast opposition leader, Guillaume Soro (former ally of President Ouattara), warned that his candidacy was “firm, unchangeable and irrevocable,” after the constitutional court rejected 40 presidential candidates, including Soro, leaving only four to contest the upcoming elections on 31 October. Soro explained that Ivory Coast has…

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