The Statistic

19th October, 2020
Amount of time the latest ceasefire between Armenia and Azerbaijan lasted, according to accusations from both sides: Two minutes (before it was broken by Armenia, according to Azerbaijan); four minutes (before it was broken by Azerbaijan, according to Armenia)
Source: BBC

 

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Moments

19th October, 2020
PROTESTS: Continuing by thousands of pro-democracy activists in Thailand despite and emergency decree and deployment of police with water cannon.
FORMALISED: Diplomatic ties between Israel and Bahrain in a US-backed ceremony.
FOUND: An ancient 37 metre long glyph of a feline in the so-called 'Nazca Lines' in southern Peru, according to an announcement from the Peruvian Ministry of Culture.

 

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Essays

In an article first published on Religion News Service, Rev Jennifer Butler, CEO of Faith in Public Life, says Christians have an important duty in the upcoming US election - preventing violence against people regarded as political adversaries...

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They Said It

“The situation is critical. The government is there but everyone must do their part."
- Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, announcing new measures - including granting mayors the power to close public squares at 9pm - to curb the spread of coronavirus as the country faces a record wave with a record 11,705 new cases announced on Sunday (as quoted on Reuters).

 

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This Week on the Web

19th October, 2020
North Korea marked the 75th anniversary of the founding of the Workers' Party of Korea earlier this month. Against that backdrop, in an article on Premier Christianity, Christian TIMOTHY CHO talks about how he escaped North Korea...

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The Word Explained

19th October, 2020
Abbot: The leader of a monastery.

 

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