ISRAEL AND THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES REACH DEAL TO NORMALISE RELATIONS

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On Thursday 13 August, US President Donald Trump announced that Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had reached a deal to normalise relations between the two Middle East nations. President Trump helped broker the deal that sees the UAE become only the third Arab nation, after Egypt (1979) and Jordan (1994) to sign a…

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ASIA-PACIFIC ARMS RACE TAKES OMINOUS TURN

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By Alex Pollock Rising tensions in the Asia-Pacific region account for what is being called a game-changer in the way two countries [Australia and Japan] think about protecting themselves from China’s rapid military expansion. China’s rapid build-up of bases, naval forces, and long-range air force in the South China Sea and beyond has unnerved its…

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IRAN ISSUES ARREST WARRANT FOR TRUMP IN SOLEIMANI KILLING

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The government of Iran has issued an arrest warrant and asked Interpol for help in detaining US President Donald Trump and dozens of others it believes carried out the drone strike that killed top Iranian general, Qassem Soleimani, in Baghdad in January. Interpol, an international organisation that facilitates worldwide police cooperation and crime control (based…

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INTER-KOREAN RELATIONS IN DOWNWARD SPIRAL

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Relations between North and South Korea continue to deteriorate following the demolition of a jointly operated liaison office on Tuesday 16 June. According to an Associated Press source, North Korea issued a statement saying: “All hope for peace along the Korean peninsula has faded away into a dark nightmare.” The latest battle between the Koreas…

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NEW U.S. SANCTIONS THREATEN TO DEVASTATE SYRIA’S BELEAGUERED ECONOMY

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Syria faces near-complete isolation as the toughest U.S. sanctions yet come into effect on 17 June. The new law, Caesar Syria Civilian Protection Act, allows foreign companies to be targeted, including in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. Effectively, the sanctions prevent anyone around the world from doing business with Syrian officials or state institutions or…

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ANTI-RACISM PROTESTS GAIN MOMENTUM AND SPREAD GLOBALLY

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Anti-racism protests have erupted in every US state, as well as in over 50 other countries, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota on 25 May. The protests quickly turned from justice for George Floyd to a global cry to end racism and police brutality. Protesters in many European cities have turned their…

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USA PROTESTS: The sting of destruction and the beauty of unity

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“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. By Jeremiah Goddard (INcontext U.S. Director) This inspiring quote calls us to action, but the problem is deciding what matters – and in our world of comfort – what matters enough to not be silent. In a…

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NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE ACROSS THE U.S.

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Over 4,000 protesters have been arrested in the most violent and widespread demonstrations in the US since the 1968 assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Dozens of major cities are under mandatory curfew as Americans take to the streets in protest of systemic racism and police brutality after the death of George Floyd, a…

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TALIBAN WARNS PEACE DEAL WITH U.S. NEAR BREAKING POINT

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The deal signed between the United States government and the Taliban in February 2020 is at risk of falling apart, as the Taliban claims the U.S. and Afghan government are not upholding the terms of the deal. The agreement was made in order to bring a semblance of peace to war-ravaged Afghanistan. The Taliban claims…

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TRUCE AMID ELECTION DISPUTE TESTS AFGHAN UNITY

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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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