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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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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...
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Theresa May in Florence: Actions speak louder than words

It has been a few days since Theresa May’s speech in Florence attempted to break the deadlock of EU talks which have faltered before a fourth round of negotiations begins today. The response, much...
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US warns Colombia over rising cocaine production

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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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...

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...

Brazil’s Temer fends off prosecution with agribusiness support

On 2 August, Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted by 264 to 227 to block the Supreme Court's right to rule on allegations of obstruction of justice and conspiracy levelled against President Michel Temer. It was an...

Azerbaijan corruption scandal unearths wider links to UK and Europe

On 4 September, an investigation by the Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) uncovered a secret set of accounts tied to the Azerbaijani government. The funds are suspected of being used to launder over...

Rohingya migrant crisis intensifies in Myanmar

The International Organization for Migration reports that an estimated 18,500 Rohingya, a minority Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar/Burma, are fleeing from the northwest of the country to find refuge in Bangladesh after a crackdown...
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How does Colombia accommodate a Catholic population in a secular state?

According to its Constitution, Colombia is a secular state - however, its society does not always concur with this definition. The arrival of the head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, in the country...

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Ley Sophia: The return of the death penalty in Chile?

On 25 January 2018, a two-year-old girl named Sophia died in a hospital in the southern Chilean city of Puerto Montt - days after...
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EU spies role for Ghana in preventing migration

On the February 9, 2018, Queen Mathilde of Belgium arrived at the University of Ghana to host a talk alongside Ghanian President Akuffo Addo on the...

Is Mahatma Gandhi still relevant in India today?

His face is on every bank note; politicians mark each anniversary of his birth and his passing, but in modern India, does anyone pay...