2017 5 30

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


2017 5 22

Petition: Help to END THE GENOCIDE in West Papua


May 14, 1948 (5th of Iyar in 1948, which is May 2 in 2017): Yom Ha’atzmaut, Day of Independence in Israel

May 15, 1948: Nakba Day, Day of the Catastrophe in Palestine

May 14–15, 1811: Independence Day in Paraguay

May 16th, 1944 – the day of Sinti, Romani and Roma resistance

May 17, 1814: May 17th, National Day, Constitution Day in Norway

May 17, 1995: Panchen Lama’s abduction in Tibet

May 18, 1991: Somalia Independence Day

May 18, 1944: Day of Remembrance for the victims of the Crimean Tatar genocide

May 20, 1902: Independence Day in Cuba

May 20, 2002: East Timor Independence Day

May 21, 2006: Montenegro Independence Day

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


More US forces needed in Europe to deter Russia, experts say

Elcetions: Croatia at a crossroads

26 Years Ago, Croatia Voted for Independence

Slovenian Police Bans Concert by Croatian Singer

Montenegro looks west, away from Moscow

“With Montenegro in, Serbians could view NATO differently”

Serbia Parliament Appoints New Chief War Crimes Prosecutor

Adam & Eve Challenge Darwinism In Serbia

Council of Europe Calls for Serbia to Acknowledge Genocide

“Serbia and China are friends who trust each other”

UN envoy warns against Kosovo and Serbia trading ‘ethno-nationalist’ barbs

Champions League: Kosovo champions to make competition debut

Kosovo’s early elections are reviving its ‘war’ and ‘peace’ camps

Trio Battle it out to Become Kosovo’s Next PM

Challenges can derail Bosnia and Herzegovina from path of stability, Security Council told

Bosnia faces dangerous year

Scott Turow’s New Thriller Investigates a Massacre in Bosnia

Wartime Rapes of Men Remains Taboo in Bosnia

Ruling Coalition Breakups Heighten Bosnia’s Agony

Macedonia: An end to drawn-out political deadlock?

Macedonia Suspends Police Officers For Parliament Invasion

Macedonia faces local government power vacuum

Following Macedonia, Western pressure resolves Albanian crisis

Albania’s ‘track record’ of political polarization

UN Religious Freedom Expert Hails Albania Interfaith Harmony

Albania’s Muslims call for peaceful electoral campaign

Albania blocks 26 tons of salmonella poultry imported from Brazil

MEPs demand action against Hungary over CEU law

Support for Hungary sanctions builds among MEPs

EU Parliament demands action on Hungary human rights

Commission sets June deadline for Poland, Hungary to take migrant share

Hungary’s foreign minister says European Parliament resolution a ‘new attack by Soros network’

Hungary to keep tougher laws, border fence in place: PM aide

German neo-Nazi who fled to avoid prison arrested in Hungary

More than 370,000 Hungarians would leave Hungary to become migrants

Swiss give green light for renewables and nuclear phase out

Non-smoking apartments sell out in Zurich

Making Swiss trains handicapped accessible proves a challenge

Austria approves burka ban and mandatory language lessons for migrants

Austria Becomes Latest Country In Europe To Ban Full-Face Veil

Austria set for snap election

Battle for gender equality rages on in the Czech Republic

Inside the Czech Republic’s pre-election ‘soap opera’

Czech PM accepts new finance minister to end government split

Czech President and Putin Share A Joke About ‘Liquidating’ Journalists

Slovakia to buy APCs for 1.2 billion euros, send troops to NATO missions

Slovakia to prepare law on cyber security with NATO

Roma Tortured by Police in Belgrade After Reporting Stolen Car

Court in Slovakia again frees policemen charged with bullying Roma boys

Roma and Conflict: a short intro to the new issue of Roma Rights

‘Nazi salute’ scandal unfolds in Bulgaria

Bulgaria Needs a Reform-Oriented Government to Take Full Advantage of its EU Membership

Changing the rules of the game in Moldova

Moldovan President Calls EU Aid ‘Geopolitical Assistance’

2 Moldova weightlifters fail drug tests

Belarus: Sitting on Two Chairs Is What the Doctor Ordered

Why do the authorities continue to arrest Belarus’s top businessmen?

Belarus seeking security cooperation with both Russia and the West: Mission possible?

Ukraine blocks social networking sites with new sanctions against Russia

Why Ukraine Said ‘Nyet’ to Russian Social Networks

Ukrainian legislation about religion will finalize divorce between Kyiv and Moscow

The Holocaust in the Crimea and the North Caucasus

For Crimea’s drug users, a Russian death sentence

Crimea’s Virtual Blackout Means Anything Goes

Remembering Sürgünlik: Supporting Crimean Tatars in a Dark Time

Ukraine Commemorates Deportation Of Crimean Tatars

Canada concerned about human rights in Crimea

Ukraine committed to return Crimea by diplomatic means – Poroshenko

Security officials blocking actions of Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea

Deportation, genocide, and Russia’s war against Crimean Tatars

Ukraine Opens Criminal Probe Against Stalin, Beria For Crimean Tatar Deportations

Crimean Tatars: Candles Lit in Berlin in Memory of Deportation

Deportation of the Crimean Tatars. History, chronology, victims (infographics)

Update: The Iceland Geothermal Revolution

Belgium extends commuter benefits to all electric bicycles

Luxembourg is emerging as the go-to destination for insurers fleeing London post-Brexit

Government-Backed Firm to Launch Blockchain IDs in Luxembourg

Enda Kenny, Fine Gael Prime Minister of Ireland, Will Resign

Ireland more than likely to seek post-Brexit EU aid: Kenny

Irish language activists stage protest in Belfast

Pressure mounts on DUP’s Foster to clarify views on Irish Language Act

A revolution is needed for us to properly serve isolated communities

Scotland back in the Day: The battle that kept the English at bay… for a bit

After 10 years of SNP power at Holyrood, Alex Salmond hails a political revolution

Sturgeon hails ‘special day’ marking 10 years of SNP in government

Effects of Brexit on the Isle of Man

Isle of Man most worthy poet poet competition

Dawn French speaks Cornish for new ice cream advert

Weird and wonderful Cornwall museums to visit on International Museum Day

Row over who will run Cornwall Council rages on nearly two weeks after local elections

Dental crisis in Cornwall sees 14,000 people stuck on waiting list

Plaid Cymru launches plan to ‘protect, preserve and promote’ Wales

28 fascinating things you should know about Wales (but probably don’t)

Rhodri Morgan dies aged 77: Tributes paid to former Welsh leader and ‘father of nation’

50 Welsh language campaigners could be jailed over TV licences

Wales at risk of ‘disappearing politically’, says Plaid AM

How Norway stood up to Putin – and what Canada can learn

Sweden Drops Rape Charges Against WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange

Sweden launches national apex body for co-operatives

Finland, Norway, and Sweden are conducting a massive air exercise amid Russia tensions

Norway’s sovereign wealth fund has calculated its emissions – and they total twice that of all Norway

Mauno Koivisto, President Who Led Finland Into E.U., Dies at 93

Finland’s ex-President Koivisto secretly funnelled money to support Estonian independence

Stifling Debate on Catalonia

Last works on the human towers museum of Catalonia

16 international personalities join the ‘Let Catalans vote’ manifesto

Parliament suggests seeking Venice Commission’s endorsement for referendum

Spanish government invites Catalan president to present his referendum proposal before Congress

Public Prosecutor sues Catalan officials for initiating ballot box purchase

Case reopened against Mayor for not taking down pro-independence flag

Catalonia is the ICT hub Europe’s modern start-up sector needs

Independent Catalonia could have “resuscitation effect” on “struggling” Europe, says Arthur Brooks

Catalonia’s last offer to Madrid

500,000 signatures in favor of coming to an agreement about a referendum on Catalonia’s independence

Puigdemont says referendum plan should only be summited to Congress if agreement is reached first

Portugal Celebrates Eurovision Song Contest Winner

Basque Country, among the most advanced regions in the world

John Malkovich visits top Basque restaurant Mugaritz

Flanders and Basque country talk food tourism

Cake, singers mark new attractions at 53rd annual Basque festival in Los Banos

The child refugees who escaped the Spanish civil war and found safety in Newport

Eighty years since children refugees of the Spanish Civil War were welcomed to Tayside

Study of ancient Arctic temperatures could predict how Greenland ice will melt

IAEA head visits planned Greenland mine

Greenlandic language experts hope AI will give computers a fighting chance against their polysynthetic tongue

New Zealand honey makers fight for right to manuka name

Māori ancestral remains to return home from Swedish medical museum

Moriori and Māori remains to return from Germany

Maori-speaking doll a hit for Kiwi parents

Aboriginal women prisoner rates skyrocket

Chanel’s £1,100 boomerang branded ‘a new level of ignorance’ for appropriating Aboriginal culture

Artefacts found in Pilbara cave show Aboriginal life in northern WA dates back 50,000 years

It’s 50 years since Indigenous Australians first ‘counted’. Why has so little changed?

Referendum on Indigenous recognition in constitution must succeed

Australian billionaire uses indigenous land laws to keep prospectors off farm

Meet Chhattisgarh jailer Varsha Dongre: Suspended for exposing torture and sexual abuse of Adivasis

Cracks appear in Adivasi social order

Brazil: Indigenous Leaderships Oppose New President of the Indian Foundation

Brazil farm lobby seeks to dismantle indigenous affairs agency

Indigenous Leaders Find Voice In Global Climate Talks

Commission on missing, murdered Indigenous women has become a fortress of bureaucratic incompetence

Crowdfunding campaign raises thousands for Indigenous writers’ award

The making of Canada’s first Indigenous Fashion Week

‘New Life’ Initiative to Recruit American Indian Students

To solve alcoholism, Native Americans must look inside reservations

Will Indians Survive Donald Trump?

In Jamaica, a push to market island getaways — with a side of surgery

Jamaica keeps losing its best nurses to the UK

Haiti chefs carving out higher profile for country’s cuisine

BLM Co-Founder: Trump Admin’s Haiti Emails Perpetuate the Myth of the ‘Black Criminal’

58,000 Haitians in U.S. May Lose Post-Earthquake Protections

Wyclef Jean urges fans to support Haitian immigrants

Is Kyrgyzstan Ready for the Next Natural Disaster?

Kyrgyzstan: Ruling Party Nominates Presidential Candidate

Tajikistan: Travel Ban on Rights Lawyer

Tajikistan: Citizens Doling Out Violence to Law Enforcers

WFP welcomes Canadian Earth Group support for school meals in Tajikistan

Measles outbreak in Tajikistan: Sharp increase in new cases is expected to continue

London: Baloch Republican Party protests against Pakistani brutalities in the Balochistan

UN Committee against Torture Condemns Widespread Torture by Security Forces in Pakistan

World Uyghur Congress’ Annual Report on the Human Rights Situation in EastTurkestan

Beijing laying groundwork for mass DNA testing in Xinjiang

Tibetan Community Health Outreach Training Begins in Delhi

China accuses US lawmakers of promoting independence for Tibet

Teenaged Tibetan Self-Immolator’s Parents Again Detained

Tibetan exiles commemorate 22nd anniversary of Panchen Lama’s forced disappearance

Tibetan Monk Sets Himself Ablaze in Qinghai in 150th Self-Immolation

Richard Gere on how China has damaged his career over his support for Tibet

Recalling Panchen Lama’s disappearance in 1995

CTA’s Fact Sheet Of Tibet’s Missing Panchen Lama

ICT Inside Tibet: Use of “lie-detector” to test Communist Party members indicates escalation of control in Tibet

Undercover In Tibet (Full Documentary) – Real Stories

Key Facts Regarding China’s Invasion of Tibet

Buryat deputy charged for running over traffic police officer on May 9

Mongolia blocks former president from standing in June elections

Stories of Hong Kong: Hopes and fears on landmark anniversary

Macau vs Hong Kong, a tale of two cities in black and white

A turbulent first year for Taiwan’s president

Former VP to lead Taiwan’s main opposition party

Tsai urged to proclaim independence

Taiwan: China Blocks Island’s Participation in 2017 WHA

China Issues Banned and Required Terminology for Taiwan, Hong Kong, South China Sea

China and Asean agree to draft code of conduct in South China Sea

While the U.S. Is Distracted, Beijing Is Winning the Battle to Control the South China Sea

Organisers of Singapore gay pride rally tell outsiders to stay away

Inside Interpol’s Singapore cybercrime-fighting complex

Singapore ‘vending machine’ dispenses Ferraris, Lamborghinis

Malta is a target for Italian mafia, Russia loan sharks, damning probe says

‘Nothing offshore about Malta’

‘Malta Files’ contain no secrets, says PM

Facebook blocks Pulitzer-winning reporter over Malta government exposé

Who’s best to negotiate the next EU funds for Malta?

UN envoy in shuttle diplomacy for Cyprus talks’ final phase

UN says Cyprus peace talks deadlocked

Greece slides back into recession at start of 2017

Greece adopts more austerity measures in bailout bid

A journey to Somaliland: Africa’s self-made country

Somaliland Opens First Diplomatic Office in Sweden

Drought sees price of water in Somaliland rocket

Moroccan Amazigh activist calls for direct dialogue with government

Morocco′s Amazigh long road to recognition

Lutherans mark 500th anniversary of Reformation in Namibia

Namibia’s president hails Lutheran role during struggle

Landless movement dismisses Lutheran apology

Seeking justice for conflict victims in Central African Republic

Hostages held in Central African Republic mosque freed: UN

Malawi to drag Tanzania to Hague court over lake dispute

Congo president opens largest oil field in port city of Pointe Noire

President of Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso downplays Pool region crisis

President of Republic of Congo: ‘I’m not God, I never said I will be president for life’

Scandal-hit female challenger of Rwanda’s Kagame bounces back

Grenade attack kills three Burundi ruling party members

Africa least hit by WannaCry ransomware cyber-attack

Fake news killing African heads of state – death hoaxes rife

Africa’s twins, triplets, quadruplets and more – blessing or headache?

African cities becoming smarter

Europe to partner Africa, handout regime over

Pan African Parliament plans for a Continental Police

Equatorial Guinea – OPEC relations

Morocco phosphate ship held in Panama over Western Sahara challenge

African Union official: Morocco’s return may lead to solution to Western Sahara conflict

WFP Forced to Reduce Food Rations for Western Sahara Refugees as Ramadan Approaches

EU won’t fund Morocco’s renewable energy projects in Western Sahara

Barotseland Legal Position on the 18th MAY 1964 defunct agreement and creation of Zambia

HARD TRUTH: Lozis are not ‘secessionists’, can claim self-determination – Zambian lawyer

OPINION: Fake Guardian Angels! By Yubai Mukongolwa

BAROTSE CHANGE: Recapping the common Resistance factors advanced by the foes of Barotseland’s Complete Independence

UN to deploy rapid intervention force in Mali

Macron says France uncompromising in fight against jihadists in Mali

Southern Libya attack: death toll rises, defence minister suspended

What Do The Russians Have Planned Off Libya’s Coast Next Week?

London: Vigil marks 15th year of repression against Christians in Eritrea

10 Christians Arrested in Eritrea, Where Many Prisoners Die While Locked Up in Shipping Containers

Al Shabaab gunmen kill Kenyan official near Somalia border

Three Somali soldiers killed in attempt to defuse car bomb

Al Shabaab publicly cuts off hands of two Somali men for theft

Somali soldiers stage short-lived mutiny over salary arrears

Threat of malnutrition still high in Somalia despite onset of rains- ICRC

European Parliament Resolution Condemns Crackdown on Civil Society in Ethiopia

Ethiopia needs impartial protest death probe, must release Oromo leader – EU MPs

Ethiopia rejects European Parliament call to release Oromo leader

Uneasy peace and simmering conflict: the Ethiopian town where three flags fly

“I will continue to protest until the Oromo people in Ethiopia gain their freedom”

Pro-Biafra women protest half-naked against soldiers

Zimbabwe national airline banned from EU skies over safety concerns

Zimbabwe’s economy is ‘increasingly fragile’ – UK disagrees with Mugabe

Prayers held for Zambian opposition leader standing trial for treason

Rare hailstorm gives Zambians a snowy feel in May

Zambia’s political climate and treason trial of Hichilema worrying – EU MPs

South Sudan opposition groups join forces against government

Four South Sudanese soldiers killed after rebel attack in Yei

U.N. troops enter South Sudan eight months after approval

South Sudan forces killed 114 civilians around Yei in six months – U.N

South Sudan president Salva Kiir denies ethnic bias in army

EU MPs condemn rape as ‘weapon of war’, use of child soldiers in South Sudan

Celebrating with her tribe! Beyonce

Senegal’s opposition coalition supports jailed Dakar mayor

Senegalese march in support of Dakar mayor’s release

120 countries to celebrate May 30 Biafra Heroes Day – IPOB

Biafra day: Int’l observers to monitor anniversary celebrations – MASSOB

Biafra Day celebration: Buhari, security agents can’t stop Igbos on May 30 – IPOB

Nigeria: IPOB Plans Referendum to Mark Biafra’s Remembrance Day

Israel emerges as source of intelligence Donald Trump shared with Russia

With the White House in Chaos, What Can Trump’s Israel Visit Accomplish?

Trump considering how move of US Embassy in Israel could affect Mideast peace

Israel dismisses US concern over Jerusalem embassy move

Israel wants White House to explain U.S. official’s comment that Judaism’s Holy Western Wall is part of the Israeli-occupied West Bank

Israel declassifies Six-Day War archives

Israel-Palestine: the real reason there’s still no peace

On Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’s visit, PM Modi says India supports Palestine cause

Gaza residents left in the dark amid Palestinian power struggle

Dozens injured by Israeli forces in Palestine protests

Israeli settler shoots dead Palestinian protester

UN envoy urges defusing tensions over Palestinian hunger strike in Israeli jails

Palestinian hunger strikers: ‘They had no choice’

Negev: Israel razes Palestinian village for 113th time

Heneghan Peng sets limestone-clad Palestinian Museum among angular landscaped terraces

Zimbabwe: Kuwait Slavery Victim Tale Leaves Senators in Tears

Kuwait ready to host Yemeni talks if ‘final formula’ exists

For Palestinians in Lebanon, 69 years of despair

Maintaining fiscal stability in Lebanon a ‘dance with wolves’, says central bank governor

Afraid of Visiting Lebanon? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Be

Beirut gay pride event a first for Lebanon

Lebanon launches Arab world’s first gay pride week

In Lebanon, gay activism is fueling a new conversation about democracy and civil rights

‘It would be better if you died’: queer Daghestanis on coming out

Chechnya accused of ‘gay genocide’ in ICC complaint

Parliament urges action on persecution of homosexuals in Chechnya

US Denies Visas to Gay Chechen Men Fleeing Persecution

Chechen gay men hopeful of finding refuge in five countries

Russia ends investigation into anti-gay abuse in Chechnya claiming there are ‘no victims’

Ingush head to be summoned as witness in attack on activists and journalists

The Unsung Lament: Russian Atrocities in Caucasus

Moscow’s Efforts to Erase Circassian History Are Backfiring

Federation of Euro-Asian Stock Exchanges re-locates HQ office from Turkey to Armenia

Armenia Sends Gyumri Massacre Convict To Russia To Serve Life Sentence

A Pyrrhic victory in Yerevan? Understanding Armenia’s one party dominance

Armenia: Opposition leader’s daughter hospitalized “after police violence”

Azerbaijan destroys Armenia air defence system in Nagorny Karabakh

Armenia, Separatists Warn Azerbaijan Over Missile Strike

How Azerbaijan is losing its brains

Debt-Troubled Azerbaijan Spending Big on Islamic Games, Formula 1 and Mariah Carey

Russia Increasingly Treats Georgia as Its Prospective Satellite

Abkhazia: Chamber of Commerce Launches Cooperation with Circassian Association in Lebanon

In the ruins of eastern Abkhazia’s ‘ghost towns’, life goes on

Legendary band Aerosmith rocks Georgia

Ossetian house opens at Georgia’s Museum of Ethnography

4 Georgians kidnapped near occupied Tskinvali region

Slovakia to represent Georgia at upcoming NATO Summit

LGBT rights, ‘family purity’ and police on high alert: What’s May 17 like in Tbilisi?

Georgia ratifies Council of Europe Convention on violence against women and domestic violence

Independence Day events set to celebrate anniversary of Georgia’s iconic poet Rustaveli

Georgia expresses concern over EU representative’s visit to South Ossetia

Members of the European Parliament Warn Iranian Government to Stop Pre-election Repression of Journalists and Activists

U.S. plan to arm Kurdish militia casts shadow over Trump-Erdogan talks

Turkey says ‘pro-Kurd’ US envoy Brett McGurk should leave

Erdogan’s Security Team Violently Clashes With Kurdish Protesters In Washington

Turkish president Erdogan ‘looked on’ as aides beat Kurdish protesters in DC

Syria’s Kurds Work All the Angles for Autonomy

The Middle East’s complex Kurdish landscape

Iranian-backed militia warned to keep away from Yezidi areas

Iraqi Yazidis in 2017

Iraqi troops free two Yazidi girls from IS captivity in western Mosul

PMUs official says Yazidi mass graves likely to be found in western Mosul

The forgotten genocide: The only Yazidi in Taiwan tells his story

Yazidi Leader: West to Blame for Our Genocide

This Man Helped Save a Thousand Escaped ISIS Slaves

Surviving genocide: Storytelling and ritual help communities heal

West Papuans Reject 54 Years of Illegal Indonesian Occupation

In 24 hours at least 5 West Papuan people killed by Indonesian migrants

New Internationalist West Papua edition


2017 05 15

May 9-10, 1878: Independence Day in Romania

May 14, 1948 (5th of Iyar in 1948, which is May 2 in 2017): Yom Ha’atzmaut, Day of Independence in Israel

May 15, 1948: Nakba Day, Day of the Catastrophe in Palestine

May 14–15, 1811: Independence Day in Paraguay

May 17, 1814: May 17th, National Day, Constitution Day in Norway

May 20, 1902: Independence Day in Cuba

May 20, 2002: East Timor Independence Day

May 21, 2006: Montenegro Independence Day


Annexation of Crimea Isn’t Going as Planned

EU visa waiver looms for Russia-annexed Crimeans

Banned from Eurovision, Russian singer performs in Crimea

Lessons from Russia’s Operations in Crimea and Eastern Ukraine

Eurovision winner Jamala: We can’t ignore politics

Even Remembrance of the Crimean Tatar Deportation prohibited in Russian-occupied Crimea

Stages of Russian occupation in a nutshell

Three years after sham referendums in Donbas, no Russian Spring

Izborsky Club calls for new Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact to re-divide Eastern Europe between Moscow and Berlin

Said Ismagilov: Maidan and the war made Ukraine discover its Muslims

President of Moldova was the only foreign leader to visit Moscow on Victory Day

PEN America Launches Campaign to Free Ukrainian Writer and Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

Russia’s youngest Ukrainian prisoner is on total hunger strike demanding to be returned to Ukraine

Russian prison staff jailed for torturing 16-year-old Ukrainian to death

Moldova’s Proposed Electoral Change Is a Blow to Democracy

Tatarstan Failed-Bank Clients Detained In Moscow Protest

Caught Between Russians and Tatars: Can the Bashkirs Save Bashkortostan?

Russia’s truckers win biggest victory yet: Daghestan to press for repeal of Plato System

RUSSIA: Further arrest for Muslim study groups

Chechnya gay rights: Activists with petition held in Moscow

Akhmat Kadyrov: Chechnya marks ‘Day of Remembrance and Sorrow’

Ramzan Kadyrov: Veteran ‘Silovik’ Named To Head Chechen Presidential Administration

Al-Qaeda shock troops graduate in Idlib following Chechen training

Georgian officers, NATO troops in Spring Storm defence drills

Georgia, Turkey, Azerbaijan to sign defence deal in Batumi

Georgia, China sign historic Free Trade Agreement

Aerosmith preparing for concert in Georgia

A New Joint Angel Fund Between Armenia and Turkey Builds Bridges Through Capital

Azeri Bank Plans $3.3 Billion Restructuring After Defaulting

Azerbaijan blocks access to independent media websites

Azerbaijan, America’s reliable partner

Kyrgyzstan: President Bashes Russian Migrant-Phobia

Taking Down A Powerful Ally Of Convenience In Tajikistan

Fighting Along the Afghanistan-Tajikistan Borderlands: Cause for Concern in Central Asia?

Tajikistan under attack from Taliban and Daesh forces

US Transfers $6 Million in Vehicles and Equipment to Tajikistan

Tajikistan detains son of defector to Islamic State: security sources

Tajikistan: US Embassy Complains of Aid-Blocking Bureaucracy

Are Trade Fairs in Turkmenistan Pointless?

Peary the Explorer Is No Hero to the Greenland Inuit

IAEA Director General Visits Copenhagen and Greenland

Greenland lawmakers disagree on how to teach children more English

Future Greenland: land of opportunity

Mining returns to Greenland with the opening of the Aappaluttoq ruby mine

Food security: greenhouses are not a thing in Nunavut. Yet

Adivasi students demand end to murders in CHT

This Prison Official Confirmed What We all Know. Adivasi Women in Chhattisgarh are Regularly Molested in Police Stations

Dalits, Adivasis, Muslims worst off, says Indian Exclusion Report

Beyond Rape And Torture Of Adivasis In Chattisgarh, Suspended Cop’s Facebook Post Reveals More Horror Stories

Revisiting Muthanga incident (2003)

Chittagong Hill Tracts: Special Forces Prevent Civic Delegation from Conducting Land-Grabbing Research

Native American Two Spirit Fights to Keep Tribe’s Language Alive

American Indian Pueblo Gets Electric Car Charging Station

Beacon of Hope for Native Victims of Sex Trafficking in Seattle

Andrew Jackson: the Father of Genocide of the South and Eastern Tribes

Vandals Deface Salish Language Immersion School for Kids With Racial Slurs

‘Collaborative Colonialism’: A Way to Analyze Native/Non-Native Relations

Whiteclay After the Deluge: Alcohol Gone but Appeals Case Fast-Tracked

Blackfeet Nation Ratifies Water Compact

The Music That Shapes Our Lives As Natives

Yakama Want Hanford Nuke Waste Gone

Bears Ears in Crosshairs

Ingrid Washinawatok El-Issa Still Inspires

Conversations With My Lakota Mom: Happy Mother’s Day

Inside Bolivia’s long struggle to unlock the world’s largest lithium supply

Bolivia to Host Second Regional Economic Development Forum

Guarani Linguistics in the 21st Century

Quechua: Bringing cultures together through culinary arts in Taos

What We Can & Cannot Fix Rewatching ‘The Mission’

South America’s indigenous groups used to line up with the left. Not anymore

Venezuela indigenous group flees crisis for Brazil

Indigenous peoples in Brazil: we don’t believe in words anymore

Indigenous Peoples’ Protest in Brazil Met With Police Brutality

Brazilian indigenous leader appeals for solidarity against land grabs

New Calls For Resistance Across the Amazon

Murray-Darling Aboriginal nations sign treaty, hoping for a stronger voice on Indigenous rights

‘I want to be a proud, queer elder’: Meet Aboriginal artist Peter Waples-Crowe

Federal budget 2017: Aboriginal people exposed to British nuclear testing to receive improved health care

Priest and teachers ‘abused girls’ at Aboriginal mission

National Rugby League adopts ‘alternative’ national anthem for Indigenous round

Aboriginal Day is now a statutory holiday in Yukon

More Indigenous nurses needed to change health-care system, practitioners say

Prestigious award for leading researcher in Indigenous law

Museum offers face-to-face encounter with 4,000-year-old Indigenous family

The future of Indigenous Canada is at stake

Falling for feijoas: the fruit New Zealand wants the world to love

New Zealand’s ambitious plan to save birds: Kill every rat

New Zealand Population Surges Most Since World Turmoil of 1974

New Zealand Is Surprised It Still Has a Blasphemy Law, Tries to Repeal It

Playboy model who posed nude on sacred New Zealand mountain under fire  for claiming Maori people are ‘NOT indigenous’

Christchurch cafe Kākano reviving Maori cuisine

Kapa Haka and te reo Māori may help Māori avoid dementia

Acheh: ASNLF Activists Take Part in May Day Rally in Stockholm

Morning star rising: after 54 years of struggle under Indonesian rule, is freedom finally in sight for West Papua?

West Papua: Locals Share Accounts of how Indonesian Occupation Affects their Daily Lives

West Papua independence leader seeks Māori backing for self-governance

West Papua diplomatic cause advances in Brussels

NZ declaration on independence for West Papua

Indonesia deports Japanese documentary makers out of Papua

‘We’ll not be safe with Indonesia,’ says West Papua’s Benny Wenda

Anti-IS coalition meets in Denmark to assess campaign

Denmark among world’s elite inventive nations

More youth in Denmark diagnosed with depression

Denmark: one in ten female municipal council members sexually harassed

Annual pilot whale killings in the Faroe Islands – An ongoing debate

Activists urge EU to rebuke Denmark for Faroe whale hunt

US arming of Kurdish fighters ‘unacceptable’

U.S. To Arm Kurdish Fighters In Syria Despite Turkey’s Objection

Kurdish Militia Says US Arms Will Hasten Assault on IS-held Raqqa

Erdogan sees ‘new beginning’ in Turkish-U.S. ties despite Kurdish arms move

Syrian Kurdish forces to push on IS capital this summer

One Dud Oil Field Doesn’t Set a Trend as Kurds Keep Drilling

Syrian regime says US-backed Kurdish forces are ‘legitimate’

Turkish-led attack on Kurdish-held town in northern Aleppo results in heavy casualties

Coalition to help Kurdistan create ‘robust’ Peshmerga force to defend itself

Mortality and kidnapping estimates for the Yazidi population in the area of Mount Sinjar, Iraq, in August 2014: A retrospective household survey

How are Iraq’s Yazidis faring amid Kurds’ confrontations?

Healthcare for thousands of displaced Yazidis

Kuwait US$8bn Debut Marks Largest Dual Tranche Bond in Emerging Markets

A timeline of Palestinian mass hunger strikes in Israel

Palestinian hunger strike enters fourth week

Israeli video appears to show Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike leader sneaking food in cell

Pizza Hut apologises for ‘mocking Palestinian hunger striker by suggesting he should have some pizza’

Why are Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike?

Dozens of Palestinian cars defaced in J’lem ‘price tag’ attack

Lebanon pushed to brink in election law stand-off

Lebanon: Fears as ‘Aleppo boil’ disease spreads

Lebanon Blames Israel for Anti-Hezbollah Telecoms Hacking

Reunification talks in Cyprus at risk of collapse over ‘international crisis’ says UN envoy

Development banks ready if Cyprus overcomes reunification hurdles

Cyprus leader criticizes UN envoy for alleged bias, haste

EU membership ‘best guarantee of Cyprus’ existence’

MEPs seek debate on rule of law in Malta

Malta’s prime minister under pressure from MEPs over corruption claims

Malta branded ‘Panama of Europe’ after anonymous tip-off

14 things you didn’t know about Luxembourg, Europe’s unhappiest country

Resonating with Luxembourg

Teams from Kiev and Luxembourg share the spoils at first LuxBlockHackathon

Luxembourg Lurks in Dark as Regulators Light Up Shadow Banking

Private-Equity World Has a New Rival: Monaco

Trouble in Macedonia as ethnic tensions run high

Nine indicted over Macedonia parliament violence

‘Government of the People’ formed in Macedonia

Turmoil in Macedonia

Macedonia will become NATO’s 30th member – Zaev

Croatia’s ruling party clings to power

Croatia PM aims to get support for new ministers after local elections

French intellectual Levy gets pie in the face in Serbia

Serbia PM Reignites ‘Greater Albania’ Row

Montenegro’s Kotor risks losing UNESCO status over excessive development

Montenegro to meet EU criteria in the next five years

NATO membership will boost foreign investments in Montenegro

Kosovo PM Mustafa loses no confidence vote – general election next month

Journalist Turned Politician Beaten up in Kosovo

Albania: How not to lose an election? Refuse to take part…

Albania opposition holds anti-gov’t rally ahead of polls

Bosnia 1992: The Omarska Camp

Bosnia’s fourth attempt to meet requirements for IMF loan tranche fails

Public TV Survived The War, But Can It Survive Peacetime In Bosnia?

Manx-made and proud: the Isle of Man food you need to try

Infection stops Isle of Man horse tram service for 10 days

Prag Na? a new Cornish language project

None shall pass – Driving in Cornwall

Register to protect Welsh historical place names launched

Breakthrough for Scottish Greens as record of seats returned

From one seat in 1967 to electoral dominance … how a handful of activists changed the fortunes of the Scottish National Party

Nicola Sturgeon accuses UK prime minister of ‘sacrificing Scottish jobs to gain Ukip votes’

£2.5m subsea centre for Aberdeen will lead the world

Scotland ‘out of step’ on smacking children, says MSP John Finnie as he bids for ban

SCOTTISH Unionist leader poses with bigoted trawlerman who tweeted ‘take her out’ threat about Nicola Sturgeon

‘Why don’t you f*** off back to Scotland’: Tory MP blasts schoolgirl wanting Scottish independence

Russia ‘set to U-turn on support for Scottish independence’

Pro-independence Scottish Greens to ‘prop up’ SNP by standing fewer than 10 candidates

‘Ireland’s interests will be the EU’s interests’, says EU’s chief Brexit negotiator

No return to hard border in Ireland after Brexit, EU chief negotiator says

Deaglán de Bréadún: Achieving Irish unity is going to be a long game

Salvador Sobral Of Portugal Wins Eurovision Song Contest

Pope makes two Fatima children saints on centenary of their visions of the Virgin Mary

Walk to the end of Europe (and nine other amazing ways to see Portugal)

Saints and winners: Amazing architecture, top tapas and the original Zara store on a tour of Galicia

Why are Basque nationalists coming to the rescue of the Spanish conservative government?

Twin towns in Labrador and Spain explore their Basque connections

Big crowd supports Parliament President as she faces High Court for allowing independence debate

FC Barcelona Supports Referendum on Catalan Independence

Former Spanish Minister aimed to stop symbolic 9N referendum by force

Catalan Government will ask for international support if the referendum result is ‘Yes’

Puigdemont’s offers Madrid final chance to negotiate referendum

Conservative MEP calls for “mediation” between Catalonia and Spain

Greens-EFA co-president and MEPs meet Catalan President to discuss referendum

Belgium’s Wallooon Region Bans Halal and Kosher Slaughter

Israel denounces attacks on freedom of religion in Belgium and Norway as being ‘anti-Jewish’

A Photo From Space Shows Belgium Shining Bright, and Social Media Lights Up

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu tours homes of fallen agitators

Biafra: Nnamdi Kanu visits eastern consultative leaders in Enugu, vows to fight on

OPINION: Why ethnic minorities may suffer if Biafran Republic is achieved?

May 17: MASSOB to celebrate 17 years of foisting flag

May 30: IPOB, MASSOB announce one-week activities for Biafra Day celebration

Biafra agitation is about my people – Kanu

Eritrea: Why Isaias Afewerki to Maintain a Huge Standing Army

Haratin: Arrest of IRA Leaders Part of Renewed Crack-Down on Anti-Slavery Movement

A View Into the Eritrean Regime

UAE accused of air strikes against Eritrean Afar civilians

East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Call for Accountability, Address Culture of Impunity

Feyisa Lilesa: Oromo People Are Still Suffering in Ethiopia and the World Must Do More to Help Them

Oromo: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Renews Request For Access to the Region

The Dahomey Amazons

Nigeria almost triples budget for Niger Delta militants amnesty

Libya’s neighbours discuss restoration of peace and democracy

Mauritania signs partnership agreement with ECOWAS

4 UN peacekeeper killed, 8 injured after ambush in Central African Republic

What New Zealand Owes The Western Sahara

Western Sahara remains a “Non-Self-Governing Territories”

Tuareg fusion: Desert cats

Ethiopia-Djibouti electric railway begins regular test run

Djibouti’s strategic port

Ethnic violence in DRC deepening humanitarian crisis – UN

The Gambia: Jammeh-era central bank chief fired without reasons

ECOWAS works towards eradicating statelessness in the sub-region

Gabon: National dialogue underway, Ping remains defiant

Burundi crisis: Is Michel Kafando up to the task?

Crisis in Somaliland: drought and famine threaten millions

Somaliland and Puntland hunger crisis: ‘if we don’t help the people here, they will die’

Giant diamond auction fails as Sierra Leone rejects offer

South Africa threatens to cut power to Zimbabwe over $44.5m debt

Zimbabwe gets $1.35 million Swedish grant, but with a warning

Mugabe doesn’t sleep in public, in Singapore on advice of local opticians

Faith Tourism: A resource initiative for Africa

Several soldiers killed in al Shabaab attack on Somali army base

London Somalia Conference 2017: Security, humanitarian aid tops agenda

Rwanda dreams big in essential oil production

35-year-old female challenger of Rwanda’s Kagame hit by scandal

Botswana invites hackers to compromise new Indian e-voting system

Namibia secures $750 million loan from African Development Bank

Senegal opposition coalition

West African traditional wrestlers lock horns in Senegal’s capital

Senegal’s Macky Sall talks politics, terrorism and economy

Chad, Mali and Niger sign an accord on judicial cooperation

Kaunda lied Zambian government would not interfere in Barotse government and day to day running of Barotseland

Over 1 million South Sudan children now live in exile

South Sudan national dialogue in limbo

South Sudan VP’s convoy attacked, bodyguards injured

South Sudan’s president says ousted army chief “in a fighting mood”

Sacked South Sudan army chief returns to Juba says not seeking war

Burundi’s Nkurunziza eyes another term through anticipated constitutional reform

Tunisia: Confusion over electoral body ahead of elections

Tunisian Jewish festival celebrated amid tight security

Thousands of Tunisians march against corruption

Fate of ‘Francafrique’ with new French president Emmanuel Macron

Trump Administration Wants Evidence of Crimes Committed by Haitian Immigrants

Leonardo DiCaprio, Sean Penn Help Raise Money for Haiti

A Harrowing Turning Point for Haitian Immigrants

Who Benefits From the Alcoholisation of Belarus?

Realists Winning Tug of War Over Belarus

I Can’t Hear This Anthem – Why we need our symbols back

Anti-government protests sweep Czech Republic

Prison sentence increased for Czech who attempted to join IS

Czech Authorities Issue Warrant For Activist Wanted In Russia

Czech court adjourns hearing on Russian hacking suspect wanted by U.S, Russia

Bulgaria halts defense industry privatization

Bulgaria Seeks Private Investors for Nuclear Project

Scenes From Xinjiang

China Bans Islamic Baby Names with Religious Connotation in Xinjiang

Uyghurs Studying Abroad Ordered Back to Xinjiang Under Threat to Families

China Holds Ethnic Uyghur Woman For Reposting Quranic Verses on Social Media

Rights Groups Blast Uyghur Activist’s Expulsion From UN Forum in New York

Magnitude 5.5 earthquake in Xinjiang kills 8, injures 23 – authorities

Between Identity and Integration: Between Identity and Integration: Uyghur Diaspora in the West

University of East Anglia students remove ‘offensive’ Tibetan flag

U.S. lawmakers visit Dalai Lama in exile, highlight situation in Tibet

Tales of Tibetan terror

Tibetan monk arrested under suspicion of disseminating news of self-immolation

Pro-Tibet Signs Return to Arts Quad After Last Month’s Theft

High-Level US Congressional Delegation Pledges Continued Bipartisan Support for Tibet

China uses its economic leverage to silence the voices of Tibet: Pelosi

US Congressional delegation visits Tibetan settlements in Nepal

Tibetan Self-Immolator’s Family Harassed, Visitors Restricted

A conversation with Tibet’s PM in exile

Finland’s Arctic Council chairmanship begins at a crucial moment for the climate and the region

Finland, poster child of migrant relocation

Top Production Company In Finland, Rabbit Films, Makes It Big Stateside

Finland, UK and Ireland singled out in 2017 ‘Nanny State Index’

Finland voices concern over US and Russian climate change doubters

Formula 1: How did tiny Finland become an F1 giant?

Russians hold first-ever Victory Day parade in Helsinki

Psycho-drama theater allows Romani women to work through trauma

Life in Slovakia’s Roma slums: Poverty and segregation

Horror in Italy after Roma sisters die in arson attack

Slovakia: Romani women protest discrimination in maternity hospital with a petition

Hungary, Slovakia challenge quotas on asylum-seekers at top EU court

Hungary’s president urges civility in political discourse

Hungary’s latest refrain: ‘We will be slaves no longer’

Austria’s ‘Django’ unchains Vienna coalition

Austrian court rules Facebook must delete ‘hate postings’

Iceland is Using Extreme Tech to Harvest Clean Energy From Volcanoes

Prostitution on the Rise in Iceland

Searching for another Oyu Tolgoi: Mongolia’s big mining expansion

What do the Swiss eat?

Why the Sweden Democrats and Centre Party could be key in the next Swedish election

Singapore, a Rising Home for Quiet Money, Comes Under Pressure

Dealing With Chinese Sanctions: South Korea and Taiwan

Japan, China and Taiwan in a Time of Turbulence

Vladimir Putin sends three Russian warships into Nato waters after US vessel arrives in Baltic Sea

Energy and transport connections between the Baltic states and the rest of Europe is the assurance of our future

Russia’s covert warfare is remarkably overt

Estonian president: In the face of Brexit, unity will be at the heart of our EU presidency

Tallinn jails GRU agent spying on Estonian and NATO forces

U.S. Criticizes Russian Buildup In Baltics, May Temporarily Deploy Patriot Missiles

Estonia to lead debate on the future of social systems in the digital era

US defense secretary pledges to defend Baltic States

Lithuania Calls for Permanent U.S. Military Presence Amid Russia Tensions

Six NATO ships arrive in Tallinn

Mogherini: EU expects energy, determination from Estonia during presidency

After three Baltic countries agree to disconnect power grids from Russia, the cyber hackers arrive

First openly gay swimmer to compete for Estonia

From the language of serfs to official EU communication – the journey of Latvian

Nato legislators are in Svalbard to see Arctic change close up

Greece eyes bond sale amid optimism over debt deal

Hong Kong Philharmonic expresses its independence claims

China’s No 3 official warns Macau teachers against spreading ‘evil thoughts’ in veiled shot at Hong Kong separatists

Hong Kong Rejects Pro-Democracy Rally Application Ahead of 20th Anniversary

Hong Kong’s Causeway Bay Books to move to Taipei

London: Baloch Republican Party to protest against Pakistani Army atrocities


2017 5 7

May 1, 1707: shameful dying days of Scotland’s independence before the Act of Union

May 3: World Press Freedom Day

May 4, 1990: Independence Restoration Day in Latvia

May 10, 1878: Independence Day in Romania

May 14, 1948 (5th of Iyar in 1948, which is May 2 in 2017): Yom Ha’atzmaut, Day of Independence in Israel

May 15, 1948: Nakba Day, Day of the Catastrophe in Palestine


Сase of $2.3mln embezzlement from Russian Railways’ Udmurt office referred to court

Austria’s oldest football club faces final whistle

Turkmen President Wins Horse Race As Country Marks National Horse Day

Turkmenistan discovers potentially large gas field near Caspian

Turkmenistan: Death and Corruption at the Top of the Tree

Kyrgyzstan: Russia Cancels Debts, But Credit Pile Remains High

A Day in Kyrgyzstan

UN Celebrates School Meals Day In Tajikistan For Healthy School Children

Tajikistan: Forces Reportedly Scrambled as Clashes Intensify on Afghan Border

World Bank Supports Energy Security in Tajikistan

OSCE Office in Tajikistan supports World Press Freedom Day conference

Greek Marathon Isn’t Over Yet

EU to cut Greece 2017 growth forecast to around 2%

Bulgaria’s parliament approves new government

Albania president calls for dialogue to end political crisis

Albanian leaders fail to back compromise for June 18 vote

Kosovo needs a new beginning

Despite Pressure, Kosovo Hesitates to Set Montenegro Border Vote

Kosovo Opposition Parties Seek No-Confidence Motion Against Government

Skopje to be “neutral” during next vote on Kosovo in UNESCO

Pejović, Ahmetaj: Montenegro’s achievements are incentive for Kosovo on the way to EU

Kosovo EOD Teams Observe International Mine Awareness and Assistance Day

Vladimir Putin’s sphere of influence edges closer to EU as Serbia accepts Russian weaponry

On Serbian airwaves, a battle for heart of Balkans

Serbian FM seeks diplomatic status for Russian-run base

Serbia’s Fading Protest Movement Splits

Serbia likely to soften its position on GMO ban

Peace and quiet in Montenegro

Everything is possible in Macedonia

The supermarket that shook Croatia

Soaring Debt Threatens Bosnia’s Liquidity

The media in Bosnia-Herzegovina: fertile ground for political control

EU executive acts against Slovenia over ECB data incident

New Zealand blocks media merger to defend diversity

New Zealand dollar jumps as unemployment rate drops

Playboy model angers Maori with nude shoot on sacred mountain

Willie Jackson ‘disappointed’ no Māori in top 15 for Labour list

Māori leader makes historic claim for New Zealand water rights

Pākehā complaining about Māori place names just ‘unwilling to try’

Māori life expectancy has increased at twice the rate of non-Māori in last 10 years

Three-year project will help Kuwait meet renewable energy goals

Kuwait Sees $80 Oil By 2020

Portugal breaks ranks as star euro zone bond performer

Portugal’s disabled population continue to struggle for independent living

Portugal is exhibiting human skin with smutty old tattoos

Galician president announces strategic plan for canning industry

Catalonia follows WHO advice with taxes on sugary drinks

British MPs accuse Rajoy of breaching freedom of speech by prosecuting Forcadell

UN urged to protect Catalans’ right to a referendum

Catalan independence referendum conforms to Spanish constitution, say 600 lawyers

Catalonia getting ready to buy the ballot boxes for the independence referendum

FC Barcelona supports vote on Catalan independence

Catalan president encourages businesses to get on board with independence

Spain Court Hands 44-Year Sentences to ETA Members Guilty of Murder in 2008

The Basque Novel Comes of Age

Basque child refugee archive

Bolivia: No Easy Way Forward, With or Without Morales

Bolivia’s caravan of courage leaves a bittersweet legacy for disabled protesters

The changing landscape of Bolivia’s salt flats

Brown and barren land: Bolivia’s historic drought – in pictures

Celebrating indigenous peoples as nature’s stewards

Social Forum Calls for Fight Against Corruption, to Defend the Amazon

Ecuadorian Indigenous Leaders Deliver Letter Calling on China to Abandon Oil Drilling in Their Territory

Indigenous Peoples of Chocó forced to flee for their lives

Indigenous Wampís Notify the Peruvian State on its Autonomous Territorial Government

Colombia Constitutional Court Finds Atrato River Possesses Rights to “protection, conservation, maintenance and restoration”

“We don’t want contamination”: open-pit mine turns Guatemala’s largest lake into its most polluted

Brazilian Ranchers Brutally Attack Indigenous Land Rights Activists

Amazon attack: Gamela tribe shot, stabbed and mutilated

Brazil indigenous agency head sacked ‘for being honest’

Brazil Sacks Head of Indigenous Agency Amid Land Conflicts

Rights of indigenous peoples ‘not in a very good state,’ UN expert

‘I want to have a say’: Indigenous voters push for bigger presence in B.C. election

Colonialism Lives On In Canada’s Indigenous Land Claims Process

Slow climb: American Indian parent committee still in non-concurrence

American Indians want Trump to revive memorial on Staten Island

American Indian Party Chair Fights for Indigenous Rights

Native American advocates size up Trump administration

In Shocking Facebook Post, Woman Cop Highlights Police Abuse Of Adivasi Girls

Adivasis unsafe in Bengal, alleges BJP

Mega quiz contest organised for adivasi students

Notes from the margins

Malta’s PM calls for snap vote after family scandal

Knights of Malta elect temporary leader

Malta re-loading

Equatorial Guinea: Rights Groups call for immediate release of detained activist

Polisario ready for talks with Morocco over Western Sahara

South Africa detains Moroccan cargo ship after Western Sahara request

Ethiopia hopes Morocco’s AU return will speed fresh Western Sahara talks

Washington pleads for Sahrawi people’s right to self-determination

Moroccan forces intervene violently against Sahrawi protesters in occupied Smara

Asturias Parliament calls on companies not to contribute to Moroccan occupation of Western Sahara

UN demands release of Eritrean journalist Dawit Isaak jailed since 2001

Ivory Coast sends troops to Mali

AFL Soldier Falls Victim to Tuareg Rebels; Three in Critical Condition

Why is Mali in the eye of a West African storm?

French forces kill over 20 militants in forest on Mali, Burkina border

Burkina Faso gov’t to open over 22,000 public sector vacancies

Namibia mourns its top cyclist who died in a car crash

Former US president Bush visiting Namibia

Namibia Liberation Struggle Veterans Battling Mental Illness

Namibia to build three plants to boost electricity security

Why VOTE REVOLT is the answer for Barotseland self-determination

‘Arson’ flops as Munyinda’s charge changes to sedition. Bail and medical attention denied!

How alert Barotse youths fought for Munyinda’s rights to police bond

ZAMBIA MUST ADMIT IT: Afumba, Hakainde and others are political prisoners

BAROTSE CHANGE: An emphatic “NO” to Zambia’s Postmodern and Internal Colonialism: Part 1, Part 2

Biafran leader Nnamdi Kanu: The man behind Nigeria’s separatists

”Am Solidly Behind Nnamdu Kanu On Biafra Struggle Till I Die” – Kanu’s Father Declares

Everybody Has The Right To Say, ”I Want Biafra” – Iwuanyanwu

IPOB names Fayose honorary Governor of Biafra Republic

Biafra: FG clampdown on our members will not stop our anniversary – MASSOB

35 year old female joins race for Rwandan presidency

Zimbabwe is Africa’s second most developed country – Mugabe

Is the corruption probe against Emir Sanusi of Kano politically motivated?

Niger Delta village sues Eni in Italy for pipe explosion damages

UK troops in South Sudan on a support mission

South Sudanese judges on strike over poor living conditions

Aid agency fees hiked from $600 to $3,500 in South Sudan

Agritourism in Congo-Brazzaville

Appeals court upholds 30-year prison sentence for Congo opposition figure

Sports federation subsidy suspended in Gabon

Africa worst-hit by illicit capital inflows and outflows – Report

World Economic Forum on Africa ends

China becomes single largest contributor of Africa’s Foreign Direct Investment

Ethiopia’s humans rights problems may tank its ambition to become a global apparel center

Ethiopia: Oromo leader’s objection to terrorism charge, court to rule on June 2

Ethiopia must free political prisoners and open up civic space – UN rights chief

Ethiopia must allow for UN probe into protest deaths – Rights chief

Mauritania mourns former junta leader Ely Ould Mohammed Vall

Ghana: French compulsory at the expense of other African languages?

Dozens killed in Central African Republic violence in past 3 months: report

The UN neglected child victims of peacekeeper sexual abuse in CAR

Four aid agencies in Central African Republic suspend operations amid threats

Sahel and Sahara defence ministers approve plan to set up anti-terrorism center

1.4 million children to suffer acute malnutrition in Somalia- UN

Somalia’s youngest minister shot dead in Mogadishu

Somali Auditor General sacked after bodyguards kill minister

Chinese navy hands over three Somali pirates to authorities

Somaliland: From Hunger And Thirst To Deadly Sickness

Meet the doctors and nurses behind the fight against starvation in Somaliland

A desperate plea for help as 4 African nations near a famine crisis

Libya’s rival leaders in ‘breakthrough’ agreement that could see end to civil war

Constitution Drafting Assembly and High Council of Libyan Amazigh members meet in Zuwara

Five things to know about Morocco’s Rif

Detention of ex-Gambia interior minister extended in Switzerland

The Gambia signs visa waiver agreement with Russia

Switzerland faces ‘heightened’ terror threat in uncertain Europe

Germany urges Switzerland to cooperate in espionage probe

32 incredible world records held by Switzerland and the Swiss

Norway billionaire Kjell Inge Roekke to give away ‘lion’s share’

Denmark to scale up Baltic Sea region defense activities

Nordics and Baltics agree on digital development

A way of life melting away in Greenland

A tale of two winters: Greenland is bathing in snow right now – last year, they were just bathing

The future is next week: lawmakers and business leaders in Greenland sit down to talk with, rather than at, each other

Greenland has seated a group of lawmakers who will write country’s first constitution

That’s Media eyes Isle of Man

Journalists furious after Theresa May shuts them out of Cornwall factory visit

Cornwall Council Election Results

Two more Cornish communities restrict new-builds from being second homes

Poll shows most Scots would prefer independence in Europe rather than face Tory rule in UK after Brexit

EU Citizens for an Independent Scotland will give new Scots a voice in the campaign for indy

Moray Labour candidate sparks outrage after publishing posts in favour of Scottish independence

Glasgow turns tartan for record-breaking Kiltwalk

Blow to Unionists as 51% of Scots back independence in new poll

Lesley Riddoch: Get oot and vote! Here’s why this, local, election matters

Nicola Sturgeon hails another emphatic election win for the SNP … but Tories gain ground

Labour’s 40-year rule of Glasgow City Council ended by SNP

The National View: Victory for the SNP, but with a warning that must be heeded by its leaders

James Kelly: The lesson is clear … the SNP should not shy away from firing up their pro-independence voters

Wales at risk of merging with England and disappearing as a country if extreme Brexit leads to the break-up of the UK

Born in England. Made in Wales. A Personal Journey.

Lack of Welsh language tutors for adults is ‘crisis’

Rugby star George North to be honoured at the National Eisteddfod

Book for Welsh learners raising funds for eisteddfod

5m Lottery Grant to Digitalise Historic Welsh Broadcast Material

Stark warning over Wales farming future

Plaid celebrates significant gains across Wales

Brian Feeney: EU decision changes the question on Irish unity

Unionists urge block on Irish language officer

Irish language school broken into three times in three days

Trump Just Got Palestinians’ Hopes Up

US envoy holds Israeli-Palestinian parlay

How Israel’s violent birth destroyed Palestine

Right-wing Protesters Disrupt Joint Israeli-Palestinian Memorial Day Ceremonies

‘Israel has never recognized its Palestinian citizens’

Israeli forces assault Palestinian journalists during ‘hunger strike’ march

Israel to Force-Feed Palestinian Hunger Strikers

Lebanon’s ex-PM Salim Hoss joins Palestinian prisoners’ hunger strike

Hamas presents new charter accepting a Palestine based on 1967 borders

Islamic Jihad rejects Palestine state within 1967 borders

Ismail Haniya elected new political chief of Hamas

Trump to visit Israel, Vatican and Saudi Arabia in first foreign trip

Space Industry in Luxembourg Set To Blast Off, Fueled By Government Partnerships

Luxembourg says no sweetheart deals for financial firms fleeing Brexit

Surrealism Abounds in China’s Uyghur Crackdown

China to deploy drones in Xinjiang to prevent infiltration

Why the Communist Party has created a new bureau for Xinjiang

China’s Tourism Industry Ordered to Monitor, Report on Visitors to Xinjiang

Uyghur project demands China give foreign journalists free access to Xinjiang

Geoparks in Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang given world-class heritage status by UNESCO

Tibet: autonomous area focuses on better lives

Team Tibet visits UK to strengthen ties

Tibetan Man Self-Immolates In Amdo Bora

Tibetan Man Released after Eight Years in Prison, in Poor Health

California Based Tibetan Starts ‘Tibetan Kids Book Project’

Tibetan PM in exile seeks support during trip to Australia, NZ

Policy or discrimination? UMass Amherst student prevented from carrying Tibetan flag at graduation.

Dalai Lama’s ‘Freedom in Exile’ Becomes Available in Tibetan

‘China can’t have it both ways:’ US Rep demands freedom of movement

As Trump woos China’s Xi, Dalai Lama has to wait on the sidelines

China threatens with further crackdowns on Serta Larung Gar in Tibet

Communist Party members in Tibet funding Dalai Lama: Chinese official

Billionaire businessman Babis is at heart of Czech political crisis

Czech Prime Minister Delays Resignation as Parties Seek Way Forward

Czech Girl Scout becomes viral sensation after confronting neo-Nazi group

Czech soccer federation head still detained after raid

Belarus protest draws 400 despite main organizer’s arrest

Belarus, once again, cracks down on dissent

Belarus Carries Out First Execution This Year; EU Urges Moratorium

Why Niggerhead Rock and Suicide Bay need Tasmanian Aboriginal names

Songs give insight into life in Aboriginal missions

Aboriginal women claim developer is spying on them during women’s business at sacred site in West Wallsend

Aboriginal Parents Engagement in Children’s Education a ‘Two Way Street’

Separatism fears grow in Belgium as German speakers assert themselves

Belgian Catholic group explains switch on euthanasia

Seven hilarious must-see videos of Finland’s new competitive sport: hobby-horse riding

Finland’s guaranteed basic income is working to tackle poverty

Finland holds public cabinet meeting to promote democracy

Roma say they’re being barred from flights to Canada

A Blind Eye on Anti-Gypsyism at the European Parliament

French Traveller shot and killed by police: can Macron “turn the page” on France’s shame?

How did Romani people live in the Czech lands before they were sent to concentration camps?

Azerbaijan: Racing To Develop Natural Gas Potential

Turkish, Azerbaijani Joint Military Drills Draw Protest From Nagorno-Karabakh

After Economic Shocks Armenia Plans for Macroeconomic Stability

World’s Longest Zipline to be built in Armenia

Russian biker gang Night Wolves refused entry into Georgia

Council of Europe stresses Russia’s responsibility for conflict in Georgia

US act bans gov’t from supporting states that recognise Georgia’s occupied regions

Tbilisi celebrates European Days 2017

Challenges faced by NGOs in Abkhazia

Georgia blocks agreement between Abkhazian and Italian towns

Putin Meets New S.Ossetian Leader in Sochi

Since 1945, Moscow has been involved in a military action on average every 2 years

Russians tried to seize Ukrainian rescue boat in Black Sea

Media reveal Russian citizen now managing seized Ukrainian factories in militant-occupied Donbas

Up to 4,000 Russian servicemen in the occupied Donbas

Ukraine: A forgotten war in Europe

The Vanishing Galician Accent and How it Lingers in the Diaspora

Crimea: ‘Not Our Home Anymore’

Ukrainian MP who offered leasing Crimea to Russia stripped of citizenship

Council of Europe demands Russia reinstate Crimean Tatar Mejlis, allow leaders to enter Crimea

Ingush child saved from ‘suicide game’

Putin Has a New Secret Weapon in Syria: Chechens

Parents of gay men told ‘kill your sons or we will’ by police in Chechnya

Corruption is a state system in Russia and Chechnya is no exception

Gay Teen In Chechnya Pushed Off Ninth Floor Balcony By Uncle

Angela Merkel urges Vladimir Putin to protect Chechnya gay rights

LGBT activists arrested for protesting Chechnya horror

Jamaica 55 — Can we recapture that first fine careless rapture?

Bob Marley, ganja and the green stuff – is selling Brand Jamaica just a pipe dream?

The only way is up

Strange mantle plume under Iceland helps keep Scotland afloat

Iceland drills 4.7 km down into volcano to tap clean energy

Game of Thrones Crowns Iceland Krona as World’s Best Currency

IMF approves more money for Moldova, EU cash in the pipeline

Explaining Oligarchic Moldova

Emerging Europe banking: How do you solve a problem like Moldova?

Russian troops unconstitutionally occupy Moldovan territory – Constitutional Court

Haiti’s main international airport flooded by downpour

Independence referendum bolsters Kurdish position before Iraqi elections

No turning back on referendum, top Kurdish official pledges

Kurdish citizens ‘rest easy’ after American military patrols parade through cities in northern Syria

Kurdish academics in Turkey arrested after signing peace document

Three raising Kurdistan flag during May Day arrested in Turkey

Turkish leader Erdogan says he is ‘seriously saddened’ that US troops are patrolling with ‘terrorist’ Kurdish militia in Syria

A Kurdish Referendum: Unforeseen Benefits

ACRPS Conference on Arab-Kurdish Relations Opens in Doha

Turkey must find peaceful solution to Kurdish problem

Yazidi pilgrims climb Karajal Mountain in the south of Kurdistan

Yazidi genocide evidence mounting against Islamic State – legal experts

Group Of 36 Yazidis Rescued From IS In Iraq

It’s not over: Yazidis are still suffering genocide at hands of ISIS

Haunting film on Yazidi refugee family’s trauma screened at Toronto fest

Gyozal Stays Strong: Yezidi Woman Battles Government Red Tape, Indifference, to Defend Family Interests

Slovakia increased spending on development aid in 2016, by 27%

Dark Web Marketplace Shut Down in Slovakia

China Bullied Australia Into Ejecting Taiwan: Next Time Show China The Door

China warns Hong Kong not to challenge

Singapore wants innovators to solve ‘real life problems’

Singapore to invest over $100 million in A.I. in next five years in smart nation, innovation hub push

Mongolia opposition taps former judo star as presidential candidate

Deliberative Democracy in Mongolia

How Mongolia Is Tackling Violence in the Home, After Years of Neglect

West Papua: Arrests and torture ahead of World Press Freedom Day

Pacific nations back West Papuan self-determination

Action urged on threats against journalists in West Papua

Indonesia is ‘double-dealing’ on media freedom, says RSF

Pacific nations condemn Indonesia’s human rights violations at ACP meeting

Journalists in Indonesia’s Papua Region Complain about Violence, Threats

South China Sea Isn’t China’s Own Sea

China welcomes ASEAN summit declaration on South China Sea

Asean Tacks Away From Rocky South China Sea Issue

Trump’s nominee for China ambassador takes tough line on South China Sea

Is US steering clear of South China Sea under Trump?

Trump promised to crack down on China in the South China Sea. He hasn’t.

Despite Navy requests, no operations near disputed South China Sea islands

Taiwan Can’t Negotiate, Likely to Observe Rules on South China Sea

The Truth About Duterte’s ASEAN South China Sea Blow

ASEAN sidetracks South China Sea dispute, advocates stronger economic ties with China

Tatarstan during 10 years: how republic still copes with two economic crises

Sweden probes ‘arson attack’ on nation’s largest Shiite mosque

Sweden ends ID checks on Denmark travelers imposed as migration peaked

How is Sweden tackling its integration challenge?

Sweden in Focus: An in-depth look at what makes this place tick

How Sweden Became “The Most Alt-Right” Country In Europe

Cyprus songbird slaughter: UK Government responds to petition

Cyprus expects to top last year’s 3.2 million visitors

Turkey’s actions around Cyprus being noted by international players

Thousands participate in pro-EU, anti-Russia march in Hungary

Rally in Hungary to support reporter claiming govt assault

How the United States can stop Hungary’s descent into authoritarianism

Hungary’s government is increasingly autocratic. What is the European Parliament doing about it?

Hungary to close home for disabled criticized in NGO report

On the wild frontier of cooking at the Faroe Islands’ first Michelin-starred restaurant

Balochistan: Abducted Baloch football player killed in fake encounter

Balochistan: Tortured and Mutilated Dead Bodies of Five Activists Found