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INFOGRAPHICS

31st Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

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INTERNATIONAL LEADERS MEET TO DISCUSS ADVANCEMENT OF RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

25th Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland On 16-17 July, hundreds of members of civil society, religious leaders and survivors of religious persecution gathered in Washington DC for the second-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. The event was hosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom Sam Brownback. The purpose of the…

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WORRIES MOUNT OVER HUMAN COST OF US SANCTIONS ON VENEZUELA

8th Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

8 JULY 2019 (SOURCE: FINANCIAL TIMES) – As the refugee exodus from once-wealthy Venezuela accelerates, concerns are mounting over the extent to which US economic sanctions are exacerbating the suffering of a population already beset by shortages of food, medicine and fuel. Punitive US measures have included cutting off Venezuela’s access to most of the US financial system, freezing the assets of…

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ROUHANI: IRAN WILL ENRICH URANIUM TO ‘ANY AMOUNT WE WANT’

4th Jul 2019 . by incontext_adm

4 JULY 2019 (SOURCE: ASSOCIATED PRESS) – Iran’s president warned that Tehran will increase its enrichment of uranium to “any amount that we want” beginning on Sunday, putting further pressure on European nations to save its faltering nuclear deal and offer a way around intense US sanctions. President Hassan Rouhani’s threat, combined with Iran surpassing the stockpile limits…

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TRUMP SETS FOOT IN NORTH KOREA, AGREES WITH KIM TO RESUME TALKS

30th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

30 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – US President Donald Trump became the first sitting US president to set foot in North Korea on Sunday when he met its leader, Kim Jong Un, in the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas and agreed to resume stalled nuclear talks. The two men shook hands warmly and expressed hopes…

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US-IRAN TENSIONS DEEPEN

27th Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

Iran said on Tuesday [25 June] that a decision by the United States to impose “hard-hitting” sanctions on the country’s top leadership, including the Supreme Leader, has permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington. “Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif)…

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IRAN SAYS TRUMP WARNED OF AMERICAN ATTACK BUT WANTS TALKS

21st Jun 2019 . by incontext_adm

21 JUNE 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Iranian officials told Reuters on Friday that Tehran had received a message from U.S. President Donald Trump warning that a U.S. attack on Iran was imminent but saying he was against war and wanted talks on a range of issues. News of the message, delivered through Oman overnight, came shortly after…

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IRAN AND THE US ESCALATE THEIR ‘WAR OF WORDS’

16th May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Andrew Richards Iran announced that it would stop complying with certain elements of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, better known as the Iran nuclear deal, in 60 days if the remaining signatories did not find a way to make the deal more economically beneficial to Iran. The announcement came a year after President…

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COMMISSION ASKS U.S. TO PUNISH SAUDI ARABIA OVER SHIA EXECUTIONS

1st May 2019 . by incontext_adm

By Donnelly McCleland (with contribution by Mike Burnard) The United States government commission on religious freedom has urged action against ally Saudi Arabia after its mass execution of 37 people, most of them Shia Muslims. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, whose members are appointed by the president and legislators across party lines but…

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TRUMP FORMALLY RECOGNISES ISRAELI SOVEREIGNTY OVER GOLAN HEIGHTS

3rd Apr 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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