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How does the Mormon church influence international affairs?

On Tuesday, January 16, millions of Mormons around the world tuned into a live broadcast from church headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. The occasion? The formal announcement of the new president of...

Concerns grow over fat acceptance and rising obesity

‘Are you beach body ready?’ This was the question posed by supplements company ProteinWorld in 2015 on billboards around London, which also featured Australian model Renee Somerfield in a bikini. The backlash began almost immediately,...

Colombian vote: Who were the winners and losers?

Latin America’s electoral super-cycle faced its second major test last week, as voters headed to the polls in Colombia for legislative elections. The election was a prelude to the upcoming presidential election, which will be...
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Britain and Russia in diplomatic brinkmanship following Skripal poisoning

Anglo-Russian relations have rarely been worse. In 2006, a fugitive Russian intelligence agent Alexander Litvinenko was killed by radioactive poison on British soil. President Vladimir Putin “probably approved his assassination” according to British authorities. Twelve...
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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...

China – The untold story of the world’s largest church

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch...
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Bolivia seeks investment as lithium price sky-rockets

Over the past decade Bolivia’s dazzling Salar de Uyuni has become one of South America’s most unmissable sights. Millions of tourists have made the journey to see the azure sky of the Andes flawlessly...
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The decline of UK universities and the call of the US

The deadlines for prospective UK and US undergraduates have arrived. Choosing which higher education institution to attend is a daunting task for a prospective student - the majority of whom are between the ages...
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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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Bolivia: Relatives rejoice as ex-president found guilty of civilian massacres

There is an Aymara proverb which artfully invokes the idea that returning to the past can trace a path into the future: 'Qhiparu nayraru uñtas sartañani' - 'Looking back, we will move forward'. Over 15...

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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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Bolivia: Relatives rejoice as ex-president found guilty of civilian massacres

There is an Aymara proverb which artfully invokes the idea that returning to the past can trace a path into the future: 'Qhiparu nayraru...

The Irish border continues to cloud Brexit negotiations

Brexit negotiations between the United Kingdom and European Union have been fraught by disagreement. However, negotiators publicly agree that a hard border between...