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Petition: Help to END THE GENOCIDE in West Papua

May 24, 1822: Ecuador Independence Day

May 24, 1991: Eritrea Independence Day

May 25, 1946: Jordan Independence Day

May 26, 1918: Georgia Independence Day

May 26, 1966: Guyana Independence Day

May 28, 1918: Armenia Independence Day

May 28, 1918: Republic Day in Azerbaijan

May 30, 1967: Anguilla Day

May 30, 1967: Declaration of Independence of Republic of Biafra

June 4, 1970: Tonga Independence Day

Kyrgyzstan can become an Internet hub on a digital Silk Road from China to Eurpe

New Zealand Launches Into the Space Race With a 3-D Printed Rocket

Aotearoa makes history with rocket launch from Mahia Peninsula

Maori play Te Puhi explores first Maori Miss New Zealand

Dr. Rangi Mātāmua hopes to revive Māori astronomy

Slovakia’s Roma: Living on the margins

Police Attack Roma Community in Slovakia: Children and Elderly Injured

Czech Republic: Non-Romani man shouts racial abuse at 34-year-old Romani man before shooting him dead

Local authorities implicated in fatal attack on Roma residents in Kharkiv oblast

U.N. Offers Regret but No Compensation for Kosovo Poisoning Victims

Sara la Kali: The mysterious saint loved by the Gypsies

Slovakia prosecutor general wants to ban far-right party

The idea of Slovakia

Telling Slovenia and Slovakia Apart

Why Slovenia is a world leader in eco travel

The Melania Effect: U.S Tourism to Slovenia Is up 30 Percent

Singapore to trial VR for learning and training

Switzerland Votes to Phase Out Nuclear Power

Switzerland returns millions linked to ex-leader to Tunisia

Tunisia: Trial over 2015 Sousse beach massacre opens

Tunisian PM vows to fight graft in the country

Tunisia: Protester killed as violence escalates

Tunisia forces clash with protesters trying to take over gas pumping station

DRC: Intense Inter-Ethnic Conflict in Kasai; Fighting Spreads to Former Katanga

DR Congo has world’s highest population fleeing conflict

Fourth Ebola suspected death recorded in DR Congo

Congo Pool crisis: NGO’s call for inclusive dialogue

China to build Congo’s new €50m parliament for free

Wodabee: Male seduction contest

Dynamic Rwanda will thrive even without me – Paul Kagame hints of exit

Mali: Emmanuel Macron promises development

Canada and Western Sahara — Africa’s last remaining colony

‘Africa’s Last Colony’ — The Forgotten Sahrawi Struggle Against Morocco

It is high time for international community to put an end to tragedy of Sahrawi people

Senegal: Demonstration for the release of the mayor of Dakar

Senegal: Girls shine in robotics competition

Remembering the Eritrean dream on Independence Day

Biafra protest paralyses Onitsha

Dozens of Biafra secessionist protesters arrested in Nigeria

May 30, 1967: Frustration and hope: Biafra 50 years on

Biafran Secessionist Movement Grows Stronger in Nigeria

Nigeria police, Biafra groups set for showdown as govt vows ‘decisive crackdown’ on protests

May 30, 1967: Biafra: MASSOB lists reasons for May 30 sit-at-home declaration

Benin’s Talon vows to push for constitutional review despite rejection

Equatorial Guinea approved as latest OPEC member

Djibouti opens $590m world class mega port co-funded by China

Gabon: Protecting elephants through paintings

China to rebuild Gabon’s parliament burnt in post-election crisis

Africa’s economy to grow by 3.4 % in 2017, buoyed by rebound in commodity prices

Seychelles, Uganda and Togo: most welcoming African countries

Germany-Africa money transfers averages €1.2m annually

Indo-Africa relations take center stage at AfDB’s AGM in Gujarat

Fallen African peacekeepers among 117 honoured by the UN

African leaders admit the continent needs to learn from Asia’s success

52nd African Development Bank annual meeting

Oil exploration in Africa

Africa is on the move despite challenges – AU chair on AU Day

Manufacturing is key to Africa’s economic potential

South Sudan’s Kiir declares ceasefire, release of political prisoners

South Sudan: Rebels reject offer for dialogue

South Sudan’s unilateral ceasefire

Lack of clean water endangers displaced South Sudanese

UN security council wary of South Sudan ceasefire

Japanese troops in South Sudan end U.N. peacekeeping mission

S.Sudan frees journalist held for over 2 years without charge

Victory for Ogiek as African Court rules against Kenyan government

Zambia plans to move its capital from Lusaka to Ngabwe in the centre

Court allows Zambian opposition leader to challenge prosecution over treason case

Zambia’s president pardons 428 prisoners to mark Africa Day

The 2017 Kuomboka of Barotseland as Captured by CNN

Free all political prisoners incarcerated over Barotseland Agreement – Akashambatwa Mbikusita Lewanika

Truck drivers in C.A.R kick against UN protection on Bangui-Douala trade route

300 dead in Central African Republic militia violence

French soldiers operating drones in Central African Republic from Paris

Burundi forces unwed couples to marry by year-end

Somaliland’s hunger crisis: ‘The world doesn’t respond until children are dying’

“Otherwise We’ll Have to Go to War” – Somaliland Demands Recognition 26 Years On

Why Somaliland split from Somalia, state-building and struggle for recognition

After 26 Years of Democracy and Stability Why Somaliland is still in limbo

Somaliland: How International Recognition Could Foster Regional Development

Somali student confronts culture and poverty to enroll in University

Al-Shabaab releases video of ‘graduation’ for its East Africa fighters

Suicide bomber kills five in Somalia’s northern Puntland region

ISIS claims first attack in Somalia

Somali police get surveillance drones to combat al Shabaab insecurity

S.Korea’s anti-piracy unit searches for Mongolian ship off Somalia

Zimbabwe’s ruling ZANU PF rocked by violence as deep divisions persist

God is a phone call away in Zimbabwe, pastor ‘calls’ heaven in church

Mugabe is an oppressor Zimbabweans trusted as a liberator – Protest Pastor

Trump’s Ramadan message gets hard response from US-Somali legislator

Hundreds protest in Ouagadougou over mob assault on musician

Yahya Jammeh’s assets seized in The Gambia

Gambian wildlife reserve facing depletion, Chinese company blamed

Guinea Bissau: Protesters ask José Mario Vaz to step down

Father, brother of Manchester bomber arrested in Libya

Bus carrying Egyptian Copts attacked by armed men, over 20 people killed

Egyptian warplanes bomb targets in Libya after attack on Christians

‘Put out the Libyan cauldron,’ be true to aid pledge – Niger tells G7

Egypt launches second round of air strikes over Libya

Warplanes strike Libya’s Derna again – witness

The Internet Won’t Let Armenia Go Away

EU willing to expand and deepen cooperation with Armenia – Federica Mogherini

Russian Glonass Navigation System Delivered to Armenia

Lebanon: The Battle of Abra

“We’re closely monitoring developments in Macedonia” – Putin

Cyprus reunification at an impasse as UN fails to find compromise

Long-neutral Sweden beefs up military defenses to face Russia threat

Czech president pardons convicted contract murderer

Czech president fires finance minister, ending political crisis

Haiti police will keep the peace when UN force leaves

Albanian parliament approves pre-election Cabinet shakeup

Moldova’s ‘frozen conflict’ has lessons for east Ukraine

Mayor of Moldova capital arrested, sparking political fight

Pride march stopped in Moldova as leader says he isn’t ‘president of the gays’

Islands and literature, from Iceland to Jamaica – books podcast

Jamaicans to restore, preserve and beautify as country observes Labour Day

Canadian fighter jets will begin patrolling Iceland airspace as part of NATO agreement

Serbia Premier Reinstates Ally Sacked After Sexist Remark

Suspect in ’95 Bosnian mass killings returned to Serbia

Yugo-Nostalgia Prevails In Serbia, Bosnia

Bosnia and Herzegovina discusses new areas of scientific cooperation with NATO

End of the affair: Montenegro jilts Russia by joining NATO

Donald Trump sparks fury in Montenegro after ‘humiliating’ country’s prime minster by shoving him out of his way at G7 summit

Xinjiang Authorities Confiscate ‘Extremist’ Qurans From Uyghur Muslims

Are Chinese police collecting DNA for all Muslims in Xinjiang province?

Restaurants Ordered to Remain Open in Xinjiang Amid Ramadan Fast

Chinese Uyghur colonies in Syria a challenge for Beijing

China’s Rights Abuses Infect UN

Turkmenistan’s Growing Economic Crisis

How Norway’s publishers are banding together to fight fake news

Timeline of Australia indigenous politics

New Emoji is a Meaningful Symbol for Indigenous Australians

50 years on, 1967 referendum campaigner mentors next generation

Indigenous summit rejects ‘minimalist’ recognition, pushes for treaty and voice in constitution

Belarus backsliding badly on human rights: U.N. report

Call for promoting Belarus-Tatarstan cooperation in mechanical engineering, petrochemistry

Why Catalonia will take the future into its own hands

Catalan President Raises Stakes in His Push for Independence

Rajoy dismisses ‘final’ chance to negotiate Catalan referendum

PP and PSOE united against Catalan referendum

Defense Minister pledges to do “whatever it takes” to stop independence referendum

Catalan economy to grow even faster than expected

Catalan Folk Singer Refused to Bow to Oppression

Irish parliament to a create a cross-party group on Catalonia

Gerry Adams applauds “the peaceful and democratic nature” of Catalonia’s pro-independence process

Romeva, at the Irish Parliament: The referendum is “inevitable”

10 Leading Filmmakers of Catalonia’s New Wave

Finland-Estonia gas pipeline is a ‘high-level project for the EU’ – breaking the dependency on Russia

Baltic states push US on Patriot missile defense deployment

Baltics must work together to counter Russia’s information war

Estonian president: EU needs joint foreign, security policy

Estonia Expels Two Russian Diplomats, Moscow Vows Retaliation

Russian Railways refuse to transport freight to Latvian ports

‘Not Welcome Here’: Thousands March Against Trump in Belgium

‘Molotov is alive and looking for a new Ribbentrop,’ Lithuanian foreign minister says

Forget Trump White House, Belgium shows Melania the surreal

Belgium’s ban of forced sterilization for gender change “not enough,” say campaigners

Finland is in a class by itself in the latest stability ranking

A Guide to Helsinki in Honor of Finland’s 100th Anniversary

Consumer confidence in Finland hits new record high

Father of Finland’s “Second Republic”: Mauno Koivisto’s last journey

Rights Watchdog Condemns Tajikistan’s Crackdown On Lawyers

Russia Sends Iskander Missiles To Tajikistan For Drills

On 11 June, Kosovo must elect a European future

Kosovo needs new loan deal with IMF

US: Bipartisan Resolution Condemns Anti-LGBTQ Violence in Chechnya

Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm Award Jury Stage Powerful LGBT Protest Condemning Chechnya Attacks On Gay Men

How the World Responded to Chechnya

Chechen Trans Woman Tells of Attack and Escape

26 gay, bi men killed in Chechnya, investigators told while police deny abuses

Chechnya gay concentration camp destroyed, prisoners moved to unknown location

Ukrainian MPs back law limiting Russian language on TV

80 Years Ago, Stalin’s NKVD Began to Arrest and Shoot the Deaf and Dumb

Foot Soldiers in a Shadowy Battle Between Russia and the West

Trial ends in Russia of Ukrainian Library director accused of ’incitement’ over ‘extremist’ books

Russia supplying North Korea with ever more coal and oil, Moscow business paper says

Moscow Patriarchate still has more parishes in Ukraine than its Kyiv counterpart but fewer followers

Museum of Soviet monumental propaganda to open in Kyiv in fall of 2017

Ukraine Stands Firm With Crimea’s Tatars

One Year of Not Knowing: Where is abducted Crimean Tatar Activist Ervin Ibragimov?

Why Are Americans Paying to Back Putin’s Invasion of Crimea?

Russia afraid to call key defence witness in political trial of Crimean Tatar leader

Crimean Tatar rights lawyer Emil Kurbedinov wins major human rights award

Abducted Crimean Tatar activist now faces prison sentence for ’threatening’ the police

Putin election moved to Crimea annexation anniversary

Remembering the genocide of the Crimean Tatar people

2,000 Russian Special Forces in Crimea exercise to seize Ukrainian property

From the annexation of Crimea to the war in Donbas: the GRU curator of the DPR terrorists was identified

Russian TV uses Crimean Tatar political prisoner to claim Ukraine is “funding terrorism”

Putin’s Shadow Cabinet and the Bridge to Crimea

Sinn Féin calls for united Ireland referendum within 5 years

Ireland looks set to elect gay premier in social, generational shift

20,000 Welsh .cymru and .wales domain names registered

Welsh flag emoji has arrived on tablets and smartphones

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood: ‘Wales needs a mandate, not a majority’

Quarter of population support Welsh independence – YouGov

Wales will be independent within a generation. Don’t believe us? Read on

Unhappy hour: cheap booze would be a thing of the past in Greenland under proposed legislation

Withdrawal symptoms: Denmark struggling to prevent Greenland and Faroe Islands from going their separate ways

Bulgaria needs more reforms before it can join euro -ECB’s Praet

From Bulgaria to East Asia, the making of Japan’s yogurt culture

Taiwanese activist arrested for alleged subversion in mainland China

Barred from WHO meet, Taiwan urges global ‘pressure’ on China

Trump tells Israel Iran will never have nuclear weapons

Donald Trump says common threat of Iran may bring Israel and its Arab neighbours together

Trump Isn’t the President Israel Was Hoping For

Donald Trump arrives in Israel, will push peace process

Palestinians end mass hunger strike in Israel jails

Israel jittery after US-Saudi Arabia multi-billion dollar military deal

Trump says concerns about Iran driving Israel, Arab states closer

Israel changes intelligence sharing with US after Trump’s revelations to Russia

Israeli settlers cheer as Donald Trump ends his trip without mentioning Palestinian state

Israel and Palestine are a sideshow to the real Middle East peace process

Netanyahu lashes out at Palestinians for paying families of suicide bombers

Yazidi Woman Who Suffered IS Enslavement Lobbies Washington for Help

“Most wanted” Yazidi urges others to help keep focus on her people’s plight

A displaced Yazidi family struggles to survive after ISIS persecution

Sinjar Resistance Units repel ISIS attack on Yezidi district north Iraq

Another prison for detaining Yazidis found in Qairawan, west of Mosul

Kocho, a village that has become the face of the Yezidi genocide by ISIS, handed over to the Yezidis

Weighty pursuits at the ‘Basque Olympics’, where stone lifters, wood choppers and cart spinners vie for honours

The reception of Basque refugees in 1937 showed Britain at its best and worst

Basque in the glow: Kern County club prepares for its Memorial Day weekend Basque Festival

Basque Library exhibit honors history of the bombing of Gernika

Book pays homage to Rossmoor author’s Basque ancestry

Things to See and Do in the French Pays Basque

Plaque commemorates Basque child refugees

The blockade-running British women at the forefront of Basque evacuations

Cannes: Telecinco Cinema Boards Gracia Querejeta’s Basque Country-Set Comedy ‘Crime Wave’ (Exclusive)

Greek ex-premier Lucas Papademos wounded in Athens bombing

Galicia becomes an example in FLAGs’ implementation in the EU

Google Doodle Honors American Indian Activist Richard Oakes

A Good Year for Remembering the American Indian Alaska Native Veterans

Greenwich students deconstruct American Indian stereotypes, via Skype

ASU American Indian Studies program trains advocates for indigenous communities

Native American tribes bash budget cuts to American Indian programs

Incredible 140-year-old pics show Native American Indian families before and after they were forced into school

Native American children were forced to forget their traditions, dress and even their names

Jailed Indigenous Leader Milagro Sala Unmasks Torture, Mistreatment in Argentina Prison

Honouring Dr. Kiaux (Russell Jim), Yakama Knowledge Scholar and Cultural Guardian

Huichol leader assassinations “a wound to the heart of the community”

Tribes give resounding NO to EPA questions on uranium mining

Confronting the Anti-Indian Movement

Debra Haaland of Laguna Pueblo Throws Hat in Ring for US Congress

Rebel Road Expansion Brings Deforestation to Remote Colombian Amazon

First Peoples Fund to Build Native Artist Ecosystems in South Dakota

Tribal Nations Shift ICWA Focus During National Foster Care Month

Philippine government declares martial law on Indigenous territories

Kelly’s of Cornwall offers Cornish vocabulary tips in new campaign

Journey to Yes: Germans for Independence activist Kathi on why she went from No to Yes

Tories’ £780m raid on Scotland’s EU cash

Scottish Labour leader attempts to out-do Theresa May on opposition to independence

Who is Nicola Sturgeon, leader of the SNP, and who can vote for them?

Independent Scotland is an economic opportunity for the north of England

Seven things to know about the Circassians — and their struggle

Russia’s act of genocide against Circassians lasted more than 150 years

Caucasus commemorates victims of the 19th century Russian conquest

Unambitious state-backed Circassian groups hide a growing nationalism in young Circassians

The way to a man’s heart IS through his stomach!

Tibet PM disappointed Trump didn’t visit Dalai Lama on his religious tour

China should grant ‘genuine’ autonomy to Tibet: President of Central Tibetan Administration

66 years since ’17-Point Agreement’ was forced on Tibet

Dalai Lama will soon decide on his successor: Sikyong Sangay

Things are changing in China, His Holiness the Dalai Lama at Special Express Adda in New Delhi

China has failed in destroying Buddhism in Tibet: Tibetan government in exile

EU urgently needs to review its Human Rights Dialogue with China

Tibet: New U.S Ambassador to China Pledges to Press the Chinese Government on Human Rights Cases

Turkey vetoes NATO-Austria partnership

NATO ends partnership deadlock over Turkey-Austria dispute

Adivasi Swaraj [Self-Rule] Is the Answer to Violence

‘My only crime is that I spoke up for innocent tribals’, says suspended cop Varsha Dongre

Dongria Kondh defeated Vedanta but are now caught between the state and the Maoists

Adivasis celebrate Sendra in Rajdoha forest

NATO Parliamentary Assembly declaration supports Georgia’s Euro-Atlantic integration

Russia appoints new ambassador to South Ossetia

Moscow to Establish New Law Enforcement Agency in Abkhazia

German tourist illegally detained by Russian-controlled guards in occupied Abkhazia

Top China official says Hong Kong’s autonomy is not a licence to challenge Beijing

Marten Gallagher to cycle 500 km in support of Brittany reunification

France’s name police refuse traditional Breton name over a ‘foreign’ letter

Creditors Cry Foul After Default as Azeri Bank Offers Debt Swap

Azerbaijan Should Release Prominent Political Activist

Moody’s places Azerbaijan’s rating on watch for downgrade

European Parliament urged to support Peace Platform between Armenia, Azerbaijan

Kurdish independence in Iraq likely ‘not if but when’: U.S. general

Referendum committee yet to be formed, Kurdistan Presidency says

Kurds’ fight for freedom marks wars in Mideast

In pictures: US Army convoy transports weapons, vehicles to Kurdish forces in rural Raqqa

Graphic video: ISIS beheads 19 Kurdish dissidents in gruesome mass execution

What It’s Like to Stand Alongside the Kurdish Women Fighting ISIS

Journey of the first Kurdish woman pilot: born to a displaced family

High Kurdish turnout in Iran elections despite opposition boycott

Turkey’s pro-Kurdish party elects fill-in for jailed leader

HDP’s new co-leader: we have to rethink Turkish referendum, peace process

Crimes against humanity in Iraqi Kurdistan are rigorously documented

An independent Kurdistan

Who and where are the Kurds?

No end to the army Operations in Balochistan: Pakistani forces kill four and abduct several from Awaran and Kech

Pakistan Adopts New Rules that Significantly Worsen the Situation on Freedom of Expression in the Country

Chittagong Hill Tracts: The Jummas’ Plight Under Military Rule