FRENCH SENATE ADOPTS RESOLUTION CALLING FOR RECOGNITION OF NAGORNO-KARABAKH

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On 25 November, the French Senate voted on a symbolic resolution to recognise the region of Nagorno-Karabakh as an independent republic. The resolution would not officially recognise the disputed Caucasus region as a sovereign state but was drafted to show solidarity with France’s large Armenian community. The resolution calls for the French government to “recognise…

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TERROR ATTACKS IN FRANCE AND MACRON’S PLAN TO COMBAT ‘ISLAMIC SEPARATISM’

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By Donnelly McCleland French President Emmanuel Macron has said he can understand why Muslims were shocked by controversial cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad. But, in an interview with broadcaster Al Jazeera, he said he could never accept the issue justified violence. It comes after Thursday’s deadly knife attack on a church in Nice, the third…

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FRANCE VOWS TO ROOT OUT ISLAMIST EXTREMISM IN WAKE OF TEACHER’S BEHEADING

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On Monday 19 October, French police raided numerous homes across France as part of its probe into the killing of Samuel Paty. About 15 people were taken into custody and 51 Islamic organisations are under investigation. On Friday 16 October, French history teacher Samuel Paty was beheaded outside his school in a Paris suburb by…

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LEBANON CRISIS DEEPENS AS LEADERS FAIL TO FORM GOVERNMENT

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Lebanese leaders have failed to form a cabinet as the French-given deadline to do so passed in mid-September. Current president Michel Aoun has expressed deep concern if a government is not formed soon. He proposed annulling sectarian quotas in the main cabinet ministries, a legacy of Lebanon’s unique confessional power-sharing system. However, this suggestion has…

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ESCALATING JIHADIST VIOLENCE IN AFRICA’S SAHEL REGION

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By Alex Pollock France launched a coalition of West African and European allies on Friday [12 June] to fight jihadi militants in the Sahel region, hoping more political cooperation and special forces would boost a military effort that has so far failed to stifle violence.  (Reuters) The Sahel Since 2011, there has been an uptick…

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LOCKDOWN – GROWING NUMBER OF COUNTRIES IMPOSING STRICT CONTAINMENT MEASURES

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On Monday 23 March, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa took the unprecedented step of announcing a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). South Africa joins a growing number of countries implementing strict containment measures. UK’s prime minister Boris Johnson also announced on Monday the imposition of the most stringent restrictions…

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11 MARCH ’20 | PRAY FOR OUR WORLD

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Dear prayer partners, On Sunday 8 March, Italy’s government announced that they will be locking down much of the country’s north, restricting the movement of about a quarter of the Italian population in region that serves as the country’s economic engine, in efforts to contain the COVID-19 coronavirus. Around the world major events – from…

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5 FEBRUARY ’20 | PRAY FOR THE SAHEL REGION

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Dear prayer partners, On Sunday 2 February, the French Minister of Armed Forces, Florence Parly, said that they would deploy 600 more soldiers in the fight against Islamist militants in Africa’s Sahel, south of the Sahara. France already has 4,500 soldiers stationed in the region. Their aim is to strengthen the forces in response to…

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WORLD LEADERS COMMIT TO PEACE IN LIBYA

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On the 19th of January, world leaders pledged not to interfere in Libya’s ongoing civil conflict and vowed to uphold a U.N. arms embargo. Leaders from Germany, Russia, Turkey, France and the U.K. were all present at the Berlin summit. Although both Libyan warring sides were also present, they did not meet. Libya has been…

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