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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...

Hung out to dry: Theresa May’s Foreign Secretary

Boris Johnson is used to making headlines, but usually under rather different circumstances than the last few days. In place of another outlandish media stunt, the Foreign Secretary is facing widespread criticism by diplomats who...
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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...

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...

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