Colombian vote: Who were the winners and losers?

Latin America’s electoral super-cycle faced its second major test last week, as voters headed to the polls in Colombia for legislative elections. The election was a prelude to the upcoming presidential election, which will be...

China – The untold story of the world’s largest church

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch...
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Could French rail strikes derail the Macron Presidency?

The British often like to joke about the French propensity to take industrial action. The SNCF, the state rail provider in France, began a series of 18 two-day strikes on April 3 leaving just...
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Russian election: Twitter shines a light on fraud in the North Caucasus

Sunday, April 18 saw a yawn-inducing victory for Vladimir Putin in the Russian election, as sarcastic gasps of shock echoed through Western Europe. Collecting of 75% of the vote on a turnout of 67.5%, the...
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Weaving a ‘new tapestry’: When May met Macron

Rarely have France and Britain prospered concurrently. From the Normans to Napoleon, France and Britain have traded global influence for centuries. Not much has changed aside from the scale of the power. The rhetoric was...
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Tillerson out and Pompeo in through Trump’s revolving door

The last month inside of the Trump White House has been tumultuous at best, and seemingly out of control at worst, but the firing of Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was the ousted-cherry-on-top of...
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What is Tabaski / Eid al-Adha?

Blood dries quickly on the baking, scorched sand. The sun, not yet high in the sky, twinkles on the face of a blade wiped hurriedly dry. All around people stare, entranced by the slow...

Huge electricity price hikes shock British Gas customers

Following a lengthy price freeze beginning in February, British Gas have shocked customers by announcing a 12.5% increase in electricity tariffs after accidentally publishing an unfinished report titled ‘Why we’ve had to raise electricity...
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The US’ Chechnya policy: From silent to outspoken

On Wednesday 2 November, the United States Senate passed a resolution that condemned human rights violations against LGBT men in Chechnya. The resolution stated that “the Senate condemns the violence and persecution in Chechnya...
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Italian election ends in political confusion

Italy hardly went into Sunday's general election humming with positivity. The eurozone’s third-largest economy has the EU’s highest percentage of young people not in education, training, or work according to Eurostat; a national debt...

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Bangladesh road safety protests bring Dhaka to standstill

On 29 July, 2018 two school students were run over by a bus. When asked about the accident at a press conference later that day,...
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On 25 July 2018, Samuel Shali Nghihepa, a sergeant in the Namibian Police Special Reserve Force Division, murdered his ex-girlfriend, Alina Kahehongo, in full view...

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