TRUMP FORMALLY RECOGNISES ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY OVER GOLAN HEIGHTS

3rd April 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Alex Pollock (with contribution by Mike Burnard) Donald Trump signed a presidential proclamation on Monday [25 March] formally recognising Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, still considered Syrian territory under international law. The decision to recognise Israeli sovereignty over land that the international community nearly unanimously considers occupied, or at the least disputed, is…

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

28th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

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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HUGE POWER OUTAGE LEAVES MUCH OF VENEZUELA IN THE DARK

8th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

8 MARCH 2019 (SOURCE: THE GUARDIAN) – Venezuela has been hit by a vast power cut, with at least 18 of its 23 states reportedly affected by a blackout authorities blamed on anti-government saboteurs. Commuters in the country’s crumbling capital, Caracas, were forced to walk home from work after the metro service was paralyzed by the outage,…

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US BOMBS HAVE KILLED HUNDREDS OF CIVILIANS, INCLUDING CHILDREN, IN UNLAWFUL STRIKES ON YEMEN: REPORT

7th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

7 MARCH 2019 (SOURCE: NEWSWEEK) – A new investigation found that hundreds of civilians—including children—have been killed or maimed by US-made weapons in unlawful air strikes conducted as part of the ongoing war in Yemen. A report published by the US-based University Network for Human Rights (UNHR) and Yemeni monitoring group Mwatana identified 27 air strikes launched…

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SECOND US-NORTH KOREA SUMMIT NOT A “FAILURE”

6th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Mike Burnard The nuclear summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has collapsed after the two sides failed to reach a deal due to a stand-off over US sanctions and North Korean denuclearisation — a stunning end to high-stakes meetings meant to disarm a global threat. In a news conference…

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UNDETERRED BY SUMMIT COLLAPSE, MOON VOWS CLOSER NORTH TIES

1st March 2019 . by incontext_adm

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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US AND VENEZUELA OPPOSITION TO DISCUSS WAYS TO OUST MADURO

25th February 2019 . by incontext_adm

25 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: AP) – The United States is planning new ways to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro to give up power and other means to provide assistance to the people of the economically devastated South American nation after a weekend effort failed to deliver aid. Vice President Mike Pence travels Monday to the Colombian capital…

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MADURO SHUTS VENEZUELA’S BORDER WITH BRAZIL AMID AID STANDOFF

22nd February 2019 . by incontext_adm

22 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: ALJAZEERA) – President Nicolas Maduro said Venezuela would shut its border with Brazil on Thursday “until further notice” amid a tense standoff with US-backed opposition leader Juan Guaido over allowing in humanitarian aid. Maduro said he was also considering a “total closure of the border with Colombia” where he has already ordered the…

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VENEZUELA’S POLITICAL CRISIS CONTINUES TO ESCALATE

6th February 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has said he cannot rule out the possibility of civil war as pressure mounts on him to stand down. In a TV interview, he warned that US President Donald Trump would leave the White House “stained with blood” if he intervened in the crisis. He also defiantly rejected…

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TRUMP THREATENS TURKEY WITH ECONOMIC DEVASTATION IF IT ATTACKS KURDS AFTER US QUITS SYRIA

14th January 2019 . by incontext_adm

14 JANUARY 2019 (SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST) – US President Donald Trump warned Turkey of economic devastation if it attacks Kurdish forces in the wake of the US troop pull-out from Syria. Trump also warned the Kurds against provoking Turkey. Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to reveal some of his latest thoughts in the slow…

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