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Volume 45, Number 1
  
23 January 2014
J.D. Conor Mauro




A woman addresses riot police holding shields during a rally held by pro-European Union protesters in Kiev, Ukraine, on 21 January. Ukrainian Catholic Church leaders appealed for calm as violent protests escalated after a government crackdown. (photo: CNS/Vasily Fedosenko, Reuters)

Ukraine protesters declare eight-hour truce as talks with government continue (The Guardian) An eight-hour truce has been declared by protesters in Kiev after a day of violence in which at least three people died and an opposition leader said he was willing to face “a bullet in the forehead” if Ukraine’s president, Viktor Yanukovych, did not launch snap elections. After the truce was announced, protesters began to extinguish the huge burning barricade, made of thousands of tires, which has separated them from lines of riot police and been the focal point of clashes…

Ukraine’s path to unrest (New York Times) Just a few months ago, President Viktor F. Yanukovich seemed to be on track to signing a trade and political agreement with the European Union. A look back through crucial moments over the past year follows…

Oriental Orthodox and Catholic churches share dialogue in Kerala (Business Standard) A week-long international dialogue between the Oriental Orthodox and Catholic churches will be held in Kerala beginning on 27 January. Dozens of delegates from the Oriental Orthodox churches of Armenia, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Syria will join those from the Roman Catholic Church to discuss issues like ecclesiology, episcopacy, apostolic succession, the relevance and important of the Ecumenical Councils and the church and its mission, Metropolitan Gabriel Gregorios of the Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church told reporters. Last year, the conference was held in Rome and in 2012 at Ethiopia. This is the first time it is being held in India, he said…

As power cuts continue, Gaza turns to solar energy (Al Monitor) Gaza has suffered from a severe electricity shortage since mid-2006, after Israel bombed the territory’s only power plant. The crisis was then compounded by the political disputes between Hamas and Fatah and issues surrounding importing the industrial fuel required for the movements’ operations. Electricity is provided for eight hours a day, and is periodically cut for another eight hours. Many Gazans have started to rely on solar energy to generate electricity as a replacement for other methods, such as generators that operate on fuel imported from Israel…

In divided Iraq, Sunnis fleeing Anbar find restive refuge in Shiite holy city (Washington Post) The plush accommodation halls on the outskirts of the southern Iraqi city of Karbala, normally reserved for visiting Shiite pilgrims, now teem with displaced Sunnis fleeing violence in the Western province of Anbar. There and elsewhere, sectarian tensions are brewing as Iraq spirals into the worst cycle of violence it has experienced in years. But here, in one of the holiest cities for Shiite Muslims, Sunni children play on brightly painted swings as families gather in the waning winter light beside clipped magnolia-lined lawns…

Drive-by shooters kill 5 police at Egypt checkpoint (Los Angeles Times) Drive-by assailants gunned down five police officers at a checkpoint in the south of Egypt early Thursday, state media reported, in the most serious attack against security forces in nearly a month. In addition to the five killed, two officers were wounded in the attack in the governorate of Beni Suief, about 80 miles south of the capital, the Interior Ministry said. The attack took place two days before the anniversary of the start of the 2011 uprising against authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak — a date that is also a holiday honoring the country’s police. Tens of thousands of police and soldiers were to be deployed to stave off any unrest…



Tags: Iraq Egypt Ukraine Gaza Strip/West Bank Ecumenism