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On 13 September, US President Donald Trump shocked Colombia with a threat to “decertify” the country if it does not reverse a recent surge in cocaine production. Trump’s warning that Colombia might not be fulfilling...
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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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On Sunday 27 May, Colombians will head to the polls for first round of the country’s presidential election. It will be an historic moment, as the first presidential election in more than fifty years held...
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On 13 August the government of Bolivian President Evo Morales passed new legislation paving the way for the construction of a 300km road through the Isiboro Sécure Indigenous Territory and National Park (better known...
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Bolivia: Will Evo Morales cling to power thanks to a controversial Supreme Court ruling?

On 3 December, Bolivians took to the ballot boxes and the streets to express their discontent at a controversial Supreme Court (Tribunal Constitucional Plurinacional, TCP) ruling made last week. The court's decision allows incumbent...
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The darker side to India’s Holi celebrations

India's Holi festival is known as the "festival of colours", and is associated with fun, laughter, song, and dance, as Hindus celebrate in honour of the god Krishna. The usual depiction of celebrations is...
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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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University strikes are over, for now

14 days of strikes at universities across the UK came to an end on Friday, with no deal reached between the University and College Union (UCU) and Universities UK (UUK). Over the past month, lecturers...

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