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Dutch populist wins provincial elections after Utrecht attack

Dutch populist wins provincial elections after Utrecht attack

An upstart populist party shocked the Dutch political establishment by winning the most votes in provincial elections after a preliminary count in the early hours of Thursday, boosted by an attack this week in the city of Utrecht. The result shows the enduring strength of far-right populism in the Netherlands, coming nearly two decades after…
Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse at ‘yellow vest’ protest

Macron condemns anti-Semitic abuse at ‘yellow vest’ protest

French President Emmanuel Macron has condemned anti-Semitic abuse directed towards a prominent intellectual by "yellow vest" protesters on Saturday. "These abuses are the absolute negation of what makes France a great nation. We won't tolerate them", Macron said on Twitter. Alain Finkielkraut was walking on the fringes of a demonstration in central Paris on Saturday when…
Who are the 12 Catalan leaders facing years in prison?

Who are the 12 Catalan leaders facing years in prison?

More than a year has passed since Catalonia's regional parliament voted to declare independence from Spain following a contested referendum that saw Spanish police violently disperse Catalan voters. Since then, pro-independence Catalan politicians and activists have been held in pre-trial detention on charges of rebellion, disobedience, and embezzlement of public funds for their alleged roles…
Fears of violence in Nigeria ahead of Saturday vote

Fears of violence in Nigeria ahead of Saturday vote

Lagos, Nigeria - A fear of violence has gripped many in Nigeria days before the presidential and legislative elections on February 16 with at least five deaths reported so far in pre-poll clashes. On Sunday, five members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were shot and killed near the oil city of Warri in southeast Nigeria,…
Venezuela in crisis: Seven stories to get up-to-date

Venezuela in crisis: Seven stories to get up-to-date

Nearly a month has passed since the United States-backed Venezuelan opposition leader, Juan Guaido, declared himself interim president in front of a crowd of his supporters.  In turn, President Nicolas Maduro accused Guaido and the US of staging a coup.  Since then, the US has upped its pressure, slapping sanctions on Venezuelan state-owned oil company…
Hacked Twitter accounts used to promote Saudi and its leadership

Hacked Twitter accounts used to promote Saudi and its leadership

Several verified Twitter accounts have been taken over by pro-Saudi operatives and some have been used to promote Saudi Arabia or its leadership, according to an academic who researches digital propaganda and Twitter bots. At least four verified Twitter accounts, including one that belonged to a US meteorologist who died over two years ago, appear to…
Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman guilty in US trial

Mexican drug lord Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman guilty in US trial

Notorious Mexican drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was found guilty in a US court on Tuesday of operating a criminal enterprise. Jurors in federal court in Brooklyn began delivering their verdict following an 11-week trial. Guzman, 61, now faces a possible sentence of life in prison. Guzman was convicted on all 10 criminal charges…
Indonesia artists slam bill banning ‘negative’ foreign influences

Indonesia artists slam bill banning ‘negative’ foreign influences

Medan, North Sumatra - Musicians in Indonesia have slammed a new draft law seeking to criminalise content deemed pornographic or blasphemous, saying it could potentially limit freedom of expression across the vast archipelago. Under the Music Bill (RUU Permusikan), which is being considered by parliament, creators would be "prohibited from including negative influences from foreign…

What does democracy look like in Thailand?

A Thai opposition party is facing the axe for backing the botched election bid for prime minister by a princess, the eldest sister of the King of Thailand. Thailand's Election Commission has recommended the dissolution of the Thai Raksa Chart party, which has links with former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra. He has lived in exile…
The view from Scotland: Meet the minority who voted for Brexit

The view from Scotland: Meet the minority who voted for Brexit

Glasgow, Scotland - The UK's decision to quit the European Union in the 2016 Brexit referendum may have gone against the grain in Scotland, but it left one million Scots on the winning side. While Scotland voted by 62 to 38 percent to remain in the EU in the UK-wide ballot - Northern Ireland also voted…
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