The Statistic

18th February, 2020
Average monthly number of people who travelled from the Horn of Africa to Yemen last year in an apparent bid to reach Gulf states (making it the busiest maritime migration path in the world): 11,500
Source: IOM


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18th February, 2020
KILLED: At least 20 people after Nigerian refugees queuing for food aid and money in south-eastern Niger stampeded.
GRANTED: By India's Supreme Court, equal rights to women serving in the army.
PLEDGED: $US10 billion to fight climate change by Amazon boss Jeff Bezos - the amount represents almost eight per cent of his fortune.


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In an article first published on The Conversation, DONNA M COX, professor of music at the University of Dayton, looks at how songs known as spirituals evolved amid the horrors of slavery...

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They Said It

"The arms embargo has become a joke."
- Stephanie Williams, UN deputy special envoy, speaking at an event in Munich on 16th February convened to discuss how to end the ongoing civil war in Libya, in comments in which she also called on world leaders to "step up" efforts to stop weapons deliveries.


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This Week on the Web

18th February, 2020
Xia Baolong, a long-time ally of China's President Xi Jinping and responsible for the demolition of thousands of Christian crosses on churches has been appointed the new head of China’s office in Hong Kong. VERNA YO reports for The Guardian...


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The Word Explained

17th February, 2020
Monophysitism: Its principle tenet is Jesus is inseparably human and divine. He did not have two distinct, but unified natures.


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