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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11 NOVEMBER ’20 | PRAY FOR MOZAMBIQUE

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Dear prayer partners, On Thursday 29 October, a boat carrying at least 70 people – fleeing the extreme violence in Cabo Delgado – sank in the Indian Ocean north of the regional capital of Pemba in Mozambique, more than 40 are feared dead. The UN International Organisation for Migration (IOM) reported that thousands of people…

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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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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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4 NOVEMBER ’20 | PRAY FOR TURKEY & GREECE

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Dear prayer partners, On Friday 30 October, an earthquake struck Greece and Turkey at about 11:50 GMT and was felt along Turkey’s Aegean coast, the north western Marmara region, the eastern Greek islands, and in Athens. Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said it was a magnitude 6.6 earthquake, while the US Geological Survey…

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ARMENIA AND AZERBAIJAN CLASH OVER DISPUTED NAGORNO-KARABAKH REGION

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By Alex Pollock Fighting has erupted once more between Armenia and Azerbaijan, two former Soviet Union republics in the Caucasus region. At the heart of the decades-old conflict is the Nagorno-Karabakh region. It is recognised as part of Azerbaijan, but it is controlled by ethnic Armenians. The countries fought a bloody war over the region…

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9 SEPTEMBER ’20 | PRAY FOR TURKEY

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Dear prayer partners, On Sunday 6 September, Turkey’s armed forces began annual military exercises – called ‘Mediterranean Storm’ – in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, as tensions with Greece continue to escalate in the Eastern Mediterranean. Cyprus is a divided island (since 1974) – the Republic of Cyprus (Greek Cypriots) in the south (an…

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CHURCH BUILDINGS – DO THEY MATTER?

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By Donnelly McCleland Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s unprecedented decree (10 July) converting Hagia Sophia once again into a mosque continues to reverberate across the region and beyond. It elicited sharp criticism, despair, and disappointment from both Christians and non-Christians alike. The 1,500-year-old UNESCO-listed site was initially an Orthodox Christian cathedral that was turned into…

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HOSTILITIES ESCALATE BETWEEN AZERBAIJAN AND ARMENIA

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One of the world’s longest-running territorial disputes in the Caucasus Mountains was reignited after 20 people died on 12 July in fighting on the border between Armenia and Azerbaijan. It was not immediately clear what caused the violence, but both countries accused each other of reigniting the hostilities. Located between the Black and Caspian Seas,…

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