RUSSIA TO ‘ASSIST’ ARMENIA IF CONFLICT WITH AZERBAIJAN SPREADS BEYOND NAGORNO-KARABAKH

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Russia is prepared to provide “all necessary assistance” to its treaty partner Armenia if violence moves into Armenian territory, as fighting in Nagorno-Karabakh enters its sixth week. If Russia were to enter the conflict, there is a possibility that it could prolong the current clash. On Saturday 31 October, both Armenia and Azerbaijan accused each…

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ISRAEL AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES REACH DEAL TO NORMALISE RELATIONS

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On Thursday 13 August, US President Donald Trump announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had reached a deal to normalise relations between the two Middle East nations. President Trump helped broker the deal that sees the UAE become only the third Arab nation, after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994) to sign a…

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USA PROTESTS: The sting of destruction and the beauty of unity

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Jeremiah Goddard (INcontext U.S. Director) This inspiring quote calls us to action, but the problem is deciding what matters – and in our world of comfort – what matters enough to not be silent. In a…

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TRUCE AMID ELECTION DISPUTE TESTS AFGHAN UNITY

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By Donnelly McCleland A truce promising a significant reduction in violence across Afghanistan has been overshadowed by a dispute over the country’s presidential election. As the weeklong reduction in violence began early on 22 February, there were no signs that Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah is backing down from challenging incumbent President Ashraf Ghani’s…

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SOUTH SUDAN’S FEUDING LEADERS ANNOUNCE UNITY DEAL

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On Saturday 22 February, South Sudan’s president Salva Kiir swore in rebel leader Riek Machar as the first vice president of South Sudan as the two entered into a peace agreement, just two days before the deadline. President Kiir called the agreement the end of the almost seven-year civil war that has killed about 400,000…

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ZELENSKIY’S SERVANT OF THE PEOPLE PARTY VOWS ‘RADICAL CHANGES’

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By Donnelly McCleland The party of Ukraine’s new President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has kept a strong lead ahead of a parliamentary election due on 21 July, an opinion poll showed on Monday [10 June]. The survey by KIIS research body showed the former television comedian’s equally new party, Servant of the People, on 34.4 percent, below…

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UNDETERRED BY SUMMIT COLLAPSE, MOON VOWS CLOSER NORTH TIES

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1 MARCH 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – South Korean President Moon Jae-in said Friday his government plans to discuss with the United States the possibility of restarting joint inter-Korean economic projects to induce nuclear disarmament from North Korea. Moon’s comments during a nationally televised speech came a day after a high-stakes nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and…

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THREE COUNTRIES MOVING TOWARDS PEACE IN 2018

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By Cherolyn Amery, Alex Pollock and Donnelly McCleland   News outlets around the world bombard their audience with stories of war, disaster and famine. Seldom do stories of peace and hope make the headlines, and if they do, they usually disappear quickly, or commentators and analysts quickly provide an alternative outlook, focusing on what could…

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NOBEL PEACE PRIZE AWARDED

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By Cherolyn Amery The Congolese doctor named the joint winner of this year’s Nobel peace prize has called on the Congolese government to leave power, describing the polls scheduled for December as a “parody of an election”. Dr Denis Mukwege, who was in surgery when he heard that he had won the prize for his treatment…

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