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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IG-Travel Ban – pg 1
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INFOGRAPHICS

12th Feb 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

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Demonstrators set fire to a makeshift Israeli and U.S. flag during a protest against the U.S. President Donald Trump’s Middle East peace near the U.S. embassy in Awkar
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THE OIC REJECTS TRUMP’S MIDDLE EAST PEACE PLAN

5th Feb 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

On Monday the 3rd of February, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) rejected US President  Donald Trump ‘s recently unveiled Middle East plan. The 57-member body said in a statement that it “calls on all member states not to engage with this plan or to cooperate with the US administration in implementing it in any…

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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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FILE PHOTO: Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and U.S. President Donald Trump shake hands after signing a Phase 1 U.S.-China trade agreement at the White House
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U.S.-CHINA SIGN PHASE 1 TRADE DEAL

22nd Jan 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

The U.S. and China have been embroiled in a tariff war for the past 18-months, but on 15 January, the two countries signed an agreement that commits to addressing the problem. This Phase I agreement is widely seen as a step forward and includes the US suspension of 15% tariffs on approximately $160 billion worth…

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WORLD LEADERS COMMIT TO PEACE IN LIBYA

22nd Jan 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

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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STAMPEDE KILLS 56 AT FUNERAL FOR IRANIAN GENERAL SLAIN BY US

7th Jan 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

7 JANUARY 2020 (SOURCE: AP) – A stampede broke out Tuesday at the funeral for a top Iranian general slain in a US airstrike, and at least 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured as thousands thronged the procession, Iranian news reports said. The stampede took place in Kerman, the hometown of…

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SOLEIMANI ATTACK: WHAT DOES INTERNATIONAL LAW SAY?

7th Jan 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

7 JANUARY 2020 (SOURCE: BBC) – US President Donald Trump ordered the drone strike that killed Iranian military commander Qasem Soleimani in Iraq but what are the legal grounds for this course of action? The US said: “This strike was aimed at deterring future Iranian attack plans.” So, what are the key issues when considering…

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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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Syria
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SYRIA – CHAOS UNLEASHED; CHRISTIANS IMPERILLED, BUT STEADFAST

23rd Oct 2019 . by Donnelly McCleland

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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