CLIMATE SUMMIT OFFERS SOME BREAKTHROUGH, BUT ALSO DISAPPOINTMENT

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On Saturday 13 November, the Glasgow Climate Pact was signed by representatives from 197 countries, as the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) ended in Glasgow, Scotland. Country representatives were joined by members of NGOs, businesses, and faith groups for the past two weeks to discuss strategies to combat climate change. The conference participants focussed…

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ENGLISH CHANNEL CROSSINGS BY MIGRANTS REACHES NEW DAILY RECORD

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On Thursday 11 November, the number of migrants crossing the English Channel to enter the UK reached a new daily record of 1,185 migrants. Lifeboat crews and Border Force boats spent many hours throughout the day and evening rescuing or intercepting boats and processing the arrivals, including children, on shore. Three people reported missing by…

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UK IN MOURNING AFTER VETERAN MP’S MURDER

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On Friday 15 October, British Member of Parliament (MP) Sir David Amess (69), died after being stabbed multiple times at his weekly constituency meeting in Essex, held at the Belfairs Methodist Church. Referred to by Prime Minister Boris Johnson as “one of the kindest” people in politics, the death of the Conservative lawmaker who served…

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AUKUS SECURITY PACT SPARKS MAJOR DIPLOMATIC CRISIS

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On Monday 20 September, a planned Franco-British defence ministers’ summit became the latest casualty as France stepped up its protests over last week’s trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States (US) – named AUKUS. President Joe Biden announced last Wednesday (15 September) that the three nations were forming a…

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THE G7 SUMMIT – HIGH ON PROMISES, LOW ON DELIVERABLES

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By Donnelly McCleland The leaders of the G7 countries ended a three-day summit with a diverse set of initiatives, including a pledge to vaccinate poorer countries against the coronavirus, a promise to make large corporations pay their fair share of taxes and a plan to tackle climate change with a blend of technology and money….

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BRITAIN JOINS OTHER NATIONS IN DECLARING CHINA’S ACTIONS TOWARDS UYGHURS GENOCIDE

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By Donnelly McCleland The House of Commons has declared for the first time that genocide is taking place against Uyghurs and others in northwest China. More than a million people are estimated to have been detained at camps in the region of Xinjiang. The motion approved by MPs does not compel the UK to take…

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VIOLENCE IN NORTHERN IRELAND CONTINUES DESPITE EFFORTS TO END THE RIOTS

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Violent riots in towns and cities across Northern Ireland – including Belfast, Carrickfergus, Ballymena and Newtownabbey – have been ongoing since 30 March. The unrest erupted mainly in loyalist, protestant areas where the ‘Northern Ireland Protocol’, included in the Brexit deal, is highly contested because it impedes their relationship with Great Britain. As part of…

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STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED… AND WHY THEY MATTER

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By Donnelly McCleland Jesus challenged His disciples to be aware of what was going on around them (Luke 12:56) and to respond to changing times from His perspective, rather than seeing things through their human understanding. 2020 was one of those monumental years – on a global scale. Covid-19 has quite possibly impacted every person…

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LOCKDOWN – GROWING NUMBER OF COUNTRIES IMPOSING STRICT CONTAINMENT MEASURES

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On Monday 23 March, South African president Cyril Ramaphosa took the unprecedented step of announcing a nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19). South Africa joins a growing number of countries implementing strict containment measures. UK’s prime minister Boris Johnson also announced on Monday the imposition of the most stringent restrictions…

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