Memo ignites sexism furore in Silicon Valley

On August 7, Google sacked James Damore, a Harvard University alumnus who had been at the company for four years. Last week, Damore had circulated an internal memo that was shared widely in Silicon...
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Argentina elections: Murder mystery fails to halt Macri

Even by Argentine standards, this year's legislative mid-term campaign was a turbulent one. The election saw incumbent president Mauricio Macri’s position strengthened as his coalition, Cambiemos ("Let's change"), scored a landslide victory. Cambiemos received 40.7% of the votes...
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Mired in corruption, Bulgaria takes over the EU presidency

On January 1, 2018, eleven years since it became a member of the European Union, Bulgaria took over the rotating EU Council Presidency from Estonia. Until the end of June, Sofia will host summits and meetings...
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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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SNP puts Scottish independence on the backburner

The three-day Scottish National Party (SNP) conference kicked off last Sunday, shortly before Scotland failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 2-2 draw with Slovenia.  Manager Gordon Strachan has...

Chile to relax Pinochet-era abortion ban

After deliberating all night, the Constitutional Court of Chile (TCC) ruled on Tuesday that new legislation allowing abortion in three cases – danger to the mother’s life, an unviable foetus or rape – is...

15 August 1947: Independence or Partition?

As India turns 70 today, one cannot but help look back at the day when the country was officially decolonised. It is debatable whether a nation actually existed before 15 August 1947, but popular...
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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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The Catalan referendum, what to know and what to expect

The Catalan people are voting today on whether their region should become independent from Spain. Here’s what you need to know. What is the Catalan referendum about? Catalonia will hold a binding referendum this...

Gauri Lankesh: Where next for Indian journalism?

On 5 September 2017, Gauri Lankesh, one of the most prominent and outspoken journalists in modern India was shot and killed outside her home. Three men, who are yet to be identified, fled the...

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Bangladesh civil service quota causes student protests

Thousands of protesters have taken to Shahbagh Chattar in Dhaka, Bangladesh since April 7. Student protesters in the Chattar (square), right at the heart...
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The Irish border continues to cloud Brexit negotiations

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