GOVERNMENT CLAMPDOWNS ON NGOs ON THE INCREASE

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By Donnelly McCleland Parliament in Kyrgyzstan on 22 May resumed formal scrutiny of a draft law that experts believe is designed to hobble the work of independent civic activists. And with coronavirus-related restrictions on their side, the legislature’s largely government-loyal members were able to hear discussions at the public forum with almost no interventions from…

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RUSSIA AND TURKEY AGREE ON IDLIB CEASEFIRE

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, signed a ceasefire agreement on Thursday 5 March to provide a reprieve to the Syrian city of Idlib. The agreement went into effect just after midnight on Friday 6 March. It committed to ending the fighting along the entire line of contact; and establishing…

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RUSSIA’S CONSTITUTIONAL SHAKEUP

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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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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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HEADLINE MAKERS: VLADIMIR PUTIN – 20 TUMULTUOUS YEARS AS RUSSIAN LEADER

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By Andrew Richards and Donnelly McCleland Russian President Vladimir Putin was appointed acting prime minister on 9 August 1999 by then president Boris Yeltsin. He has been in office as president or prime minister ever since, a period spanning two decades. Quote: “The ruling elites have broken away from the people. There is also this…

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SYRIA – CHAOS UNLEASHED; CHRISTIANS IMPERILLED, BUT STEADFAST

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Adapted from the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin, by *Elizabeth Kendal [1]&[2] Turkey and Russia have agreed what they say is a “historic” deal aimed at keeping Kurdish forces away from Syria’s border with Turkey. It comes during a pause in Turkey’s offensive to drive Kurdish forces out, creating a “safe zone” in the area. Under…

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

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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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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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MAJOR SPLIT IN THE EASTERN ORTHODOX CHURCH

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By Donnelly McCleland In a major religious split, the Russian Orthodox Church has cut ties with the body seen as the spiritual authority of the world’s Orthodox Christians. The break came after the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople recognised the independence of the Ukrainian Church from Moscow. The row is being described as the greatest Orthodox…

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