Afghanistan
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TRUCE AMID ELECTION DISPUTE TESTS AFGHAN UNITY

25th Feb 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

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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Trump impeachment
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TRUMP DEFENCE WRAPS UP AMID BOLTON BOMBSHELL

30th Jan 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland President Donald Trump’s legal team is raising a broad-based attack on the impeachment case against him even as it mostly brushes past allegations in a new book that could undercut a key defence argument at his Senate trial. Former national security adviser John Bolton writes in a manuscript that Mr Trump wanted…

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Russia
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RUSSIA’S CONSTITUTIONAL SHAKEUP

29th Jan 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland In a unanimous move in the State Duma [Russia’s Parliament], lawmakers backed a bill seeking to overhaul several articles of the constitution, just a week after President Putin proposed major amendments to the law including about his own post. Proposed by Vladimir Putin in his annual state of the nation address, the…

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Lebanon
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MORE PROTESTS IN LEBANON DESPITE NEW GOVERNMENT

29th Jan 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

On Monday 27th of January, the new Lebanese government, under the leadership of Prime Minister Hassan Diab, met to debate a budget first drafted by the previous Saad al-Hariri-led government.  Some parties boycotted the session, arguing that the Diab government should have presented its policy statement, won a vote of confidence in parliament and then…

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IG-World 2019-pg 1
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INFOGRAPHICS

4th Dec 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

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Ilhan
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HEADLINE MAKERS: ILHAN OMAR – CONTROVERSIAL HISTORY MAKER

28th Nov 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland Ms Omar’s decisive victory last year was a ground-breaking moment for American Muslims. The 37-year-old former refugee is the first Somali American to serve in Congress. She and her colleague Rashida Tlaib are the first two Muslim-American women to serve in Congress (Congress had to change its rules to allow her to…

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Lebanon
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LEBANESE STAGE EXTRAORDINARY REVOLT AGAINST THEIR POLITICIANS

23rd Oct 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland Lebanon has passed a series of major economic reforms, including the slashing of officials’ salaries and the scrapping of austerity measures, after a weekend of mass nationwide protests over a deteriorating economy. The announcement of the 17-point economic program was met with a mixture of cheers and jeers at protests in downtown…

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Tunisia
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TUNISIA’S NEW PRESIDENT, SAIED, PROMISES TO FIX ECONOMY

23rd Oct 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Alex Pollock A low-profile, conservative law professor has beaten a charismatic media magnate released from prison earlier [9 October] in Tunisia’s presidential election runoff. In a contest that reflected Tunisia’s shifting post-revolution political landscape, Kais Saied scooped more than 70% of the vote, according to two exit polls, more than 40 points ahead of…

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Sudan
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SLOW AND STEADY PROGRESS TOWARDS A NEW SUDAN

4th Sep 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

By Donnelly McCleland Sudan’s hard-won transition to civilian rule has fallen behind schedule just days after the new prime minister delayed the formation of the first government since veteran leader Omar al-Bashir was removed. Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok, a seasoned United Nations economist who faces the daunting task of rescuing his country’s moribund economy, was…

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UK leadership
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UK LEADERSHIP AND KEY CONTENDERS

11th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

Compiled by Mike Burnard Prime Minister Theresa May stepped down on Friday 7 June as leader of Britain’s Conservative Party after admitting failure in her attempt to withdraw the country from the European Union. She will remain as a “caretaker” Prime Minister for a few weeks while the party picks a successor. (Global News) Why is Theresa May…

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