North Korea, the US and the need for common sense

Foreboding tremors have rippled through the international community as tensions grow between Pyongyang and Washington. Intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) tests, aircraft carrier manoeuvres, back-and-forth threats, blustering bravado and UN Security Council sanctions have now...
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Israel accused of war crimes in the West Bank

On 20 September, a 700-page communication accusing Israel of war crimes was submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC) by four Palestinian human rights groups. The report was submitted by four Palestinian human right...

Charlottesville: The Alt-Right announces itself as a force in the fight to redefine American...

When a car ploughed into a crowd of anti-fascist protesters killing one and injuring some twenty more in Charlottesville, Virginia, a new culture war saw its first fatality. At a march entitled ‘Unite the...
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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...
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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...
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Colombian election: Who are the candidates and what are they saying?

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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German elections: All you need to know

For all the posters and placards that clutter every German city, it’s hard for many Germans to be entirely enthusiastic about this election. A year or so ago, there were doubts about Angela Merkel’s chances...

A nation within two states: How the Mapuche conflict marks Chile

On 8 August, Argentina’s government announced that a reward of US$27,000 would be issued in return for information regarding the whereabouts of Santiago Maldonado, a young activist from La Plata in the state of...
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Could March’s election see Italy leave the euro?

A 19 year old Italian would have been the same age as the euro when Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president dissolved parliament to call an election on the 28 December. As the upcoming general election...
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Chechen leader threatens to resign once again

Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, surprised many in Russia on Monday by declaring that it was his “dream” to relinquish the responsibilities of power. Kadyrov told news channel Rossiya 24: "Once there was a...

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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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