CONCERN OVER HONG KONG’S PROPOSED CHANGES TO EXTRADITION LAWS

17th April 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Mike Burnard Thousands of people protested in Hong Kong on Sunday [7 April] against a government plan to change extradition laws, fearing an erosion of personal freedom and the city’s status as an international business hub.  The Hong Kong government proposal, announced in February, would grant the city’s leader executive power to send fugitives…

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TRUMP FORMALLY RECOGNISES ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY OVER GOLAN HEIGHTS

3rd April 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock (with contribution by Mike Burnard) Donald Trump signed a presidential proclamation on Monday [25 March] formally recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, still considered Syrian territory under international law. The decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over land that the international community nearly unanimously considers occupied, or at the least disputed, is…

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CHINA TAKES ON U.S. OVER VENEZUELA AFTER RUSSIA SENDS TROOPS: IT’S NOT YOUR ‘BACKYARD’

28th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

28 MARCH 2019 (SOURCE: NEWSWEEK)  – China has defended Russia’s recent deployment of troops to Venezuela amid US statements suggesting Moscow and Beijing had no right to support a Latin American government disavowed by Washington. The US has attempted to oust Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro by supporting opposition-controlled National Assembly head Juan Guaidó, who declared himself…

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PUSH FOR MAY’S BREXIT DEAL AFTER QUIT PLEDGE

28th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

28 MARCH 2019 (SOURCE: BBC)  – Efforts to persuade MPs to back Theresa May’s Brexit deal will continue on Thursday, a day after she promised to quit as PM if it was approved. Her pledge brought some on-side, such as ex-Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson. But challenges remain for the PM after Northern Ireland’s DUP, who she…

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27th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

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ISRAEL-HAMAS CEASEFIRE HOLDS AMID TENSE CALM IN GAZA STRIP

27th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

27 MARCH 2019 (SOURCE: AL JAZEERA)  – A Palestinian rocket struck Israel and the Israeli military conducted an air raid in Gaza despite a ceasefire announced by Hamas, but the exchange of fire appeared to end overnight on Wednesday. There were no immediate reports of any damage or casualties from the latest rocket fire, which the…

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HUGE POWER OUTAGE LEAVES MUCH OF VENEZUELA IN THE DARK

8th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

8 MARCH 2019 (SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN) – Venezuela has been hit by a vast power cut, with at least 18 of its 23 states reportedly affected by a blackout authorities blamed on anti-government saboteurs. Commuters in the country’s crumbling capital, Caracas, were forced to walk home from work after the metro service was paralyzed by the outage,…

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SECOND US-NORTH KOREA SUMMIT NOT A “FAILURE”

6th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Mike Burnard The nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has collapsed after the two sides failed to reach a deal due to a stand-off over US sanctions and North Korean denuclearisation — a stunning end to high-stakes meetings meant to disarm a global threat. In a news conference…

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KASHMIR CRISIS: TENSIONS BETWEEN INDIA AND PAKISTAN EASE

6th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland The military escalation between India and Pakistan appears to be winding down for now. On Friday [1 March], Islamabad handed over Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman, whose plane the Pakistan Air Force had shot down two days earlier. New Delhi declared it is committed to “maintaining peace and stability in the region”, suggesting…

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GUAIDO RETURNS TO VENEZUELA AND A NEW PHASE IN CAMPAIGN

5th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

5 MARCH 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – Opposition leader Juan Guaido shrouded the route and timing of his return in secrecy amid concerns he might be detained by Venezuela’s government. Yet he breezed through airport immigration checks and brazenly called for the downfall of President Nicolas Maduro at a rally where the presence of security forces was minimal….

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