Parliament to elect Catalan president on Tuesday

1946 January 22: Establisment of the Republic of Kurdistan

1919 January 22: Day of Unity of Ukraine

2014 January 22: The first killings of protesters on the Maidan

1759 January 25: Burns Night, Scotland

1788 January 26: Australia Day to Invasion Day to Survival Day

January 26, 1950: Republic Day in India

1968 January 31: Nauru Independence Day

1948 February 4: Sri Lanka Independence Day

1974 February 7: Grenada Independence Day

Ray of hope for marginalized Batwa communities of Uganda and DR Congo

Eritrea tops 2017 list of asylum seekers in Switzerland

Eritrea president blames ‘external forces’ for illicit migration of youth

Eritrea summons Dutch envoy to explain expulsion of its top diplomat

Nevsun appeals to Canada Supreme Court in Eritreans’ forced labor lawsuit

Equatorial Guinea holding 135 members of the opposition, says lawyer

Equatorial Guinea Weighs a Dynasty in the Making

Tajikistan: is Islamic banking the future?

A Match Made In An HIV Help Center In Tajikistan

Tajikistan: Exiled Opposition Politician Returns Home

Veto Viber? Tax Telegram? Such Are Tajikistan’s Tech Company Conundrums

Tatar culture feels Putin’s squeeze as Russian election nears

NGO Memorial’s Car Torched In Daghestan

“Shut up!”: Dagestani Memorial office employees receive threats after their car set on fire

Dagestan Under Vasilyev’s Leadership: New Government With Old Tendencies?

Moscow Works to Block North Caucasus Nations From Making Common Cause

Chechen Leader Who Oversees the Torture of Gay Men Is Super Sad About Losing His Instagram Account

Croatia bedtime stories feature same-sex families for first time

Croatia says Serbian exhibit on WWII camp is propaganda

Kyrgyzstan: Music Teacher Suspended Over Alleged Sex Tape

Russia’s Footprint in the Nordic-Baltic Information Environment

Baltic states join forces for 12 film festivals in centennial year

Drivers pick Corsica plates to look tough

China Reveals It Has Two Underwater Listening Devices Within Range of Guam

US stealth bombers in Guam appear to be readying for a tactical nuclear strike on North Korea

US and Vietnam are growing closer as Beijing’s aggressive South China Sea policy and North Korea’s provocations push Hanoi away

India, ASEAN call for binding code of conduct in South China Sea

France and Japan to scale up military exercises to deter China

Japan accuses Dominican Republic tanker of passing fuel to North Korea

Bridge from Scotland to Ireland could create ‘Celtic powerhouse’

7 key findings from new Scottish poll

5 favourite years Scotland’s second independence vote could happen

SNP ‘eradicates’ Union flag from Scottish government buildings with Saltire to fly alone on royal occasions

Flag fight breaks out over ‘Union Jack’ on Scottish public buildings

This pathetic peddling of Union flag piffle is the worst example of ‘Union Jackery’

Bill Gates praises Scottish innovation’s huge impact on modern life in visit to Edinburgh

Brexit Bill farce proves Westminster is not fit to govern Scotland

Scots remain most in favour of new vote on Brexit

Leading cultural figures hit back at top composer’s ‘politically-motivated’ anti-independence rant

Saturday in Seychelles and no internet: relief for some, frustration for others

Austria: Nazi songbook lands far-right FPÖ candidate in hot water

Austria far right: Thousands rally against Vienna ball

Austria to sue EU over allowing expansion of Hungary nuclear plant

Hungary Jews angered by rightwing memorial on Holocaust day

NZ Maori win first indigenous football internationals

Drivers license APPs to be translated into Māori

Nauru to waive media visa application fee for Pacific Islands Forum

Is women’s inheritance next on reformist Tunisia’s rights agenda?

Tunisian unrest is a symptom of healthy democratic evolution

EU should help Tunisia fulfil its Arab Spring

Mauritius business confidence jumps to its highest in Q4 2017

When the residents of Vestmannaeyjar woke up to discover a volcano erupting on the outskirts of town

Around 120,000 Uyghurs Detained For Political Re-Education in Xinjiang’s Kashgar Prefecture

Mali: Another Record Breaking Year

How tropical wood trade in Suriname is dividing opinions

France bars Breton baby name over an apostrophe

Russian FSB searches more Crimean Tatar houses in occupied Crimea

Three years since Russia began its persecution of Crimean Muslims on fake ‘terrorism’ charges

Exiled Crimean Tatar Leaders Chiygoz and Umerov Urge More EU Sanctions Against Russia

Ukrainian prosecutors say Crimea residents may use Skype to report human rights violations

PACE urges Russia end support to illegal armed groups in Donbas, cease repressions in Crimea

Crimean Tatar Ismail Ramazanov detained, tortured and charged with ‘inciting enmity to Russians’

Chubarov testifies in court on details of Russian seizure of Crimea

Forgotten Again: The Plight of the Crimean Tatars

How Has Life In Crimea Changed Since Russia Seized It From Ukraine?

Trump administration announces fresh Russia sanctions

Crimean Tatar with brain tumour arrested for social media post from 2012

Russia deploys armed police and dogs in new offensive against Crimea Solidarity

U.S. Envoy Volker: Lack Of Political Will In Moscow Thwarting Ukraine Peace

“Visitors” from Russia pushing out Donbas locals and taking over housing

Tuvalu school wins international accolade for energy project

Mauritania launches Sahel Irrigation Initiative Regional Project

African Union urges Mauritania to crack down on slavery

Main dates in troubled history of modern Cyprus

Cypriot hopes for unification are on life support, but not doomed

Cyprus deal revival hangs on election

Old guard against new blood in Cyprus presidential vote

Erdogan urged attack on Turkish Cypriot newspaper

How to become the stereotypical Cypriot man

Measles outbreak kills 100 children in West Papua

West Papua 2017 Year in Review

Indonesian Special Forces Woo Mattis With Snakes, Blood-drinking

At least 10 West Papuan people killed by the Indonesian military and police in 2017

100 years ago today: Reds take Tampere, Finnish Civil War begins

Finland heads to the polls to choose President

Fellowship Opportunity: American Indian Graduate Center

Place names reflect American Indian heritage

The Fraught History Of America’s Most Pervasive Brand

Probing the Paradoxes of Native Americans in Pop Culture

Nunavut’s Inuit language authority seeks nominations for awards

Exhibit, film examine American Indians’ cultural contributions, depictions

American Indian Museum Tackles Challenging Issue of Cultural Appropriation

Aboriginal tourism gets $2.25M infusion from federal government

American Indian Activists Rally at State Capitol

Enslaved Native Americans Who Made Gold Rush Possible

Inuit throat singer kicks off Colorado College’s Cornerstone Arts Week in Colorado Springs

The hidden health inequalities that American Indians and Alaskan Natives face

Why there’s Redskins merch at the National Museum of the American Indian

A Look at All The Ways Native American Culture Has Been Exploited In Pop Culture

Wisconsin Led US In American Indian Incarceration Rate In 2013

America as Indian Country

Basque charity celebrates 50th annual dance, fundraiser dinner

Award-winning Basque improvisational poets to perform Friday, January 26

All square in the Basque derby

McAdoo’s Basque sheepherder’s presentation to go on

Zineuskadi and EiTB renew their agreement to promote Basque cinema

Djibouti President says global powers presence in his country will not undermine the peace of the region

Hong Kong pro-independence protest leader Edward Leung pleads guilty to assault of police officer

Hong Kong democracy activist Joshua Wong released on bail

Hong Kong’s Academic Freedom ‘Under Threat’ Since Democracy Movement

Hong Kong gov’t bans legislative election hopeful Agnes Chow from running as she ‘advocated self-determination’

Vero Communications to assist Faroe Islands bid for Olympic recognition

Puzzling Heat from Deep Inside the Earth Is Melting Greenland’s Glaciers

Puigdemont talks independence with Danish MPs

Greenland, Faroe Islands “tricky” models for Catalonia

Carles Puigdemont Working to Return Home

European Language Equality Network calls on the EU and Spain to uphold civil, political and linguistic rights in Catalonia

Catalan crisis rekindled as parliament proposes Puigdemont as leader

Carles Puigdemont: court rejects new bid to arrest Catalan ex-president

In Catalonia, the nameless dead raise old animosities toward Franco

Barcelona consolidates its position as start up hub

Spain’s Guardia Civil enters HQs of pro-independence organizations Catalan National Assembly and Òmnium Cultural

Catalan parliament set to vote for regional leader on Jan. 30

Spain seeks to block Puigdemont becoming leader of Catalonia

“This is a coup d’etat”: parties react to Spain’s latest move

Barcelona port fastest growing in Europe

Pro-Independence Together for Catalonia candidacy (JxCat) preparing criminal lawsuit against Spanish government

Catalan border controls strengthened ahead of Puigdemont’s debate

“I offer dialogue and threats are the response,” says Parliament president Torrent

Some 30% of expats unable to vote in December election

If a judge cannot put his own political opinions aside, he is independent but not objective, Puigdemont’s lawyer

Spanish police “unusual operation” around Catalan Parliament, warns chamber president Torrent

Spanish Constitutional Court allows Puigdemont’s investiture only if he turns up

U.S. State Department creates Cuba Internet Task Force

Cuba is a lot poorer than the government reports, a new study shows

Entries for the Gorsedh Kernow Awards are now open

Peppa Pig’s Mummy Pig is Cornish and loves Cornwall more than anyone

Jordan urges US to ‘rebuild trust’ after Jerusalem pivot

Israel won’t prosecute embassy guard over Jordan shootings: sources

Jordan ends bread subsidy, doubling some prices, to help state finances

Seawater Greenhouse reaps first Somaliland veg crop grown with just sea water

EU tax haven blacklist shrinks by half

India should help us like it did for Bangladesh: Baloch activist

Free Balochistan Movement to protest against sale of Balochistan lands in London

Brutalities against Baloch and Pashtun students an ‘act of terrorism’: Balochistan Political Parties

Business and Human Rights – The Curse of “Destructive Development”

Paying To Stay Disabled In Turkmenistan

Liberia bans female genital mutilation

Campaign to create online cyber Gaeltacht under way

DCU targets global diaspora with free Irish language course online

Mary Lou McDonald: New Sinn Fein boss says Irish unity ‘best solution’

Gerry Adams – the face of Irish republicanism – hands over at Sinn Féin

Norway-Sweden example for Irish border post-Brexit

Seán Mac Aindreasa, founding father of north’s first Irish language school and west Belfast Gaeltacht, dies aged 77

Taiwan: President Tsai Ing-wen Expresses Concern over Possibility of Chinese Attack

Ethiopian opposition leader calls for dialogue

Ethiopia’s Oromo leader meets German envoy over political developments

Ethiopia ‘pardons 2,000 prisoners’ jailed over Oromo protests

Pacific Islands Forum looks for key issues facing members

Guiana battles with migrant influx, drug trafficking

Calls mount for French Polynesia genetic study

Georgia’s role to connect Europe and Asia increasing annually

Georgia concerned over Russian Deputy Foreign Minister’s interview about Georgia

Georgian Won’t Put Up With Violation of Its Sovereignty

Breakaway Abkhazia Begins New Year With a New Phase of Political Turmoil

South Ossetian Separatist Leader Becomes Envoy of ‘Russkiy Mir’ in the Balkans and Ukraine

Lebanon: Living on the Blue Line

The biggest threat to Lebanon is Israel, Prime Minister Hariri says

Lebanese prime minister says he wants ‘the best relationship with Iran’

Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri says his relationship with Saudi Arabia is ‘at its best’

New hunting law falls prey to old habits in Lebanon

Lebanon’s garbage crisis washes up on the beach

Moldova Says It Would Leave CIS Only After Becoming EU Candidate

Falling Birth Rate Threatens Moldova’s Future

Moldova MPs Accuse Russia of Interference

Russia Dismisses Compensating Moldova for ‘Occupying’ Transnistria

EU encourages Moldova to continue with energy reforms

DNA study: Why the Welsh might be the first true Brits

In Wales we don’t need a bridge to France – but one to Ireland

Workers at major firm told not to speak Welsh if non-Welsh speaking people also present

Wales has ‘much to learn’ from Catalonia says Wood as she meets with Puigdemont

New hard hitting Welsh language play 2071 brings rising sea levels to the fore in Llanrwst

Farmer’s son buys North Wales business so can bring up children in Welsh language

Labour for an Independent Wales ‘opening up discussion within the party’

Milestone over the airwaves as second BBC Welsh language channel launches

Birthday celebrations for Welsh language centre in Wrexham

Brunei’s Kampong Ayer: World’s largest settlement on stilts

Vatican ‘asks underground Chinese bishops to stand aside for government-backed ones’

Vatican defrocks Peter J. Inzerillo, priest accused in sex assaults in Massachusetts dating back decades

Vanuatu bans plastic bags and polystyrene takeaway boxes

Bahamas To Ban Plastic Bags

Samoa affected by China’s plastic recycling ban

Gabon Has Busted A Major Ivory Smuggling Network Connected To Boko Haram

Can Kiribati be saved or will it drown?

A Warning from the Center of the World: Pacific Nation Kiribati Is Disappearing as Sea Level Rises

Sinking Islands, Floating Nation

Liberalism faces next big test in Czech elections

Professor Fights Putin’s Czech Ally in Key Election

Pro-Russia incumbent wins Czech presidential election

Lux among Europe’s biggest wasters

Can Drought Be Prevented? Slovakia Is Trying to Find Out

Slovakia: Commission initiative helps a low-income region catch up

Yahya Jammeh, former leader of the Gambia, could face extradition

Top Jammeh generals arrested after sneaking back into The Gambia

Recent Twitter activity indicates Russian plan to destabilise Bosnia ahead of general election in October

In Jamaica’s tourist hub, a state of emergency

Separatist leader in troubled Senegal region warns over crackdown

Muslims to Get Self-Rule to Avoid Another Bloody Separatist War in the Philippines

Thousands of women in anti-president protest in Togo

Malta obtains the highest scores on LGBTIQ inclusive education indicators

Haiti urbanisation rises but not wealth: World Bank

A Year in Review: Azerbaijan in 2017

Azerbaijan Courts Convict Two Outspoken Government Critics

Chad must cut costs or risk ruin: finance minister

Russian-speaking activists attempt to block new Latvian Language Friend mobile app at Google Play

Kremlin’s efforts to influence opinion increasingly focusing on Sweden

Bahrain: Rights groups demand care for jailed activist Nabeel Rajab

UK fines Al Arabiya for Bahrain ‘torture confession’ of Hassan Mushaima

Sierra Leone: Women Helping Women Out of Prostitution

Yezidi MP ‘pessimistic’ about future in post-ISIS Iraq

Turkey invades Kurdish enclave in Syria

U.S., British citizens join battle against Turkey in Syria’s Afrin: SDF official

Erdogan says to extend Syria operation despite risk of U.S. confrontation

Trump warns Erdogan to avoid clash between U.S., Turkish forces

Turkey to U.S.: End support for Syrian Kurd YPG or risk confrontation

Turkey’s Erdogan threatens to expand Kurdish offensive as far as Iraq, despite Nato tensions

Kurdistan needs help from the US and international community to build a stable future

Masoud Barzani: No regrets about Kurdistan independence referendum

First Kurdistan Modern Arts exhibition to kick off Sunday in Erbil

War in Iraq and the Plunder of Kurdish Oil

Rwanda aims to be the most drone-friendly country in the world

Recycling e-Waste in Rwanda

Pacific islands sign on for NEXT subsea cable

India Republic celebrations: A ‘black day’ in Kashmir

Switzerland embraces cryptocurrency culture

Trump arrives in Switzerland to take ‘America First’ to the Davos elite

East Timor President Calls for New Election to End Impasse

China Orders Tibetan Pilgrims in India And Nepal to Return Home

People’s Liberation Army assists private courier firm to launch operations in Tibet

Chinese Tibet Oppression Raised in US House of Representatives

Chinese gov’t taking over administration of Tibetan Buddhist monastery Larung Gar, NGO says

‘Unofficial’ Tibetan Language Summit Draws Hundreds of Advocates in China’s Qinghai

Belarus Urged To ‘Prioritize’ Democratic Reforms

Belarus blocks access to popular opposition website

Why would authoritarian Belarus liberalize cryptocurrencies?

Belarus: Paradoxes of National Memory and Freedom of Speech

Former Maldives President accuses China of ‘land grab’

It’s convenient to say Aboriginal people support Australia Day. But it’s not true

What life was like for Aboriginal people during colonisation

Aboriginal activists leading Sydney’s ‘Invasion Day’ rally call for Australia Day to be ABOLISHED

Push to fly Aboriginal flag on Sydney Harbour Bridge

Victoria’s first female Aboriginal MP receives death threats over Australia Day comments

Annual Adivasi Mela from January 26

Illegally sterilized Romani women from Slovakia and the Czech Republic launch online petition as part of their fight for justice

Romanian Roma use theater to address bigotry


Calling Out Worries and Taking Back Control


Gaeilgeoirí calling out negative attitudes to IrishCreating a democratic and empowered WalesDagestan AlbumBulgaria’s Balkan ambitionsLost generation in South SudanPalestinian Recognition of IsraelTuareg demand participation in electionsChinese Biometric Surveillance in XinjiangEroding Central Asia’s only democracyAl-Shabab Demanding ChildrenRecognition of Tribal SovereigntyEmpowering indigenous womenBasques march for political prisonersDefense of Greenland’s autonomyPrime Minister on maternity leaveA year after Jammeh Gambia emerges from the shadowsWestern Sahara self-determination process draws little international attentionWorries as New Caledonia’s independence vote approachesAny country who says Tibet is part of China is wrongBombs found near Dalai Lama’s campCatalonia moves to take back controlBaltic elves v Russian trollsTurkish military in Kurdish AfrinLogical Barotseland self-determination questionsEndangered languages saved by the internet

1990 January 19-20: Azerbaijan: Black January

1991 January 20: The Barricades in Latvia

1946 January 22: Establisment of the Republic of Kurdistan

1919 January 22: Day of Unity of Ukraine

2014 January 22: The first killings of protesters on the Maidan

1759 January 25: Burns Night, Scotland

1788 January 26: Australia Day to Invasion Day to Survival Day

January 26, 1950: Republic Day in India

1968 January 31: Nauru Independence Day

1948 February 4: Sri Lanka Independence Day

Gaeilgeoirí are calling out negative attitudes to Irish with this funny and thought-provoking hashtag

Irish language act referendum should be held this summer, say three former unionist Good Friday Agreement negotiators

Co Derry classroom assistant Shauna McSorley ‘achieved so much in her 20 short years’

Sinn Féin to be led by women on both sides of the border

No-deal Brexit will cost Scots economy £12.7bn a year, report shows

We should hold indyref2 once we know details of Brexit deal

Scottish media slam SNP for talking indy… and then for the opposite

Scottish Book Trust New Writers Awards 2018

Yes campaigners must recognise that Scotland is already a wealthy nation

Nicola Sturgeon has all the time in the world to win back Scottish independence sceptics

Wood wants law to make Welsh Govt invest in all of Wales

Creating a democratic and empowered Wales

13 quotes from Leanne Wood’s radical new plan to empower Wales

Assembly votes to defend Welsh powers after Brexit

New Welsh language radio service to launch

Plaid Cymru is becoming an anti-establishment party again

10 ways to save the Welsh language

Leanne Wood and Adam Price travel to Brussels to try to stop a hard Brexit

Dagestan Album

Shor Cling To Way Of Life, Language In Siberia

Even the eyelashes freeze: The coldest village in the world

Amazing pictures from the coldest inhabited town on Earth

Why Russia refuses to give refugee status to Syrians

Kadyrov Hints At Antigay Honor Killing Of Chechen Singer

Kadyrov Insults Rights Groups, Calls Jailed Activist A ‘Drug Addict’

Russian Rights Group Says Ingushetia Office Torched In ‘Terrorist’ Attack

Sacked Man Dies After Setting Fire To Himself In Bashkortostan

Guinea-Bissau PM resigns in bid to end political crisis

Azerbaijan ready to invest in Bulgaria’s gasification

Can Bulgaria achieve its Balkan ambitions?

Botswana parliamentary democracy under spotlight

U.N. warns of ‘lost generation’ in South Sudan’s grinding conflict

UN says 100,000 people in Central African Republic need aid

Palestinian Leaders are Calling on President Mahmoud Abbas to Withdraw Recognition of Israel

UN Palestinian aid agency says US cuts spark worst-ever financial crisis

Belgium counters US with $23 million for UN Palestinian fund

Resurgent wolf is back in Belgium after more than 100 years

EU: Serbia, Montenegro ‘Could Join In 2025’

Top Kosovo Serb politician Oliver Ivanovic shot dead

Murder of Ivanovic suits Russia, says opposition politician

Icelandic Sports World Says #MeToo

Tuareg people demand participation in upcoming elections

Uyghur Inmates Suffer Health Complications Due to Neglect in Xinjiang Detention Centers

Chinese Authorities Intensify Biometric Surveillance in Xinjiang Region

Repression in Kyrgyzstan is eroding Central Asia’s only democracy

Kyrgyzstan: Crime Boss Leaves Prison After Serving Just One Year

Somalia: Al-Shabab Demanding Children

As Trump Insults African Countries, China Actively Embraces Them

Latvia’s e-health system hit by cyberattack from abroad

U.S. warily eyeing new Russian air defenses in Crimea

Uprooted Crimean Tatar Restaurant Finds New Home in Kyiv

The Russian Occupiers Are Wantonly Destroying a Crimean Tatar Palace

Racist grounds given for mass persecution of Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea

Crimean Tatar activist Girai Kulametov jailed after new armed searches ‘for a video posted in 2012’

Crimean factory gets generators from German company in breach of EU sanctions – media

Russia’s imprisonment of gravely ill Crimean Tatar veteran activists Bekir Degermendzhy and Asan Chapukh amounts to torture

Five Crimean Tatars on trial for unspecified crimes in a country the ‘prosecutor’ can’t identify

Strasbourg demands answers from Russia about Tatar activist Rafis Kashapov jailed for criticizing invasion of Crimea

EU Calls For Release Of ‘Illegally Detained’ Ukrainians In Crimea, Russia

Activist Volodymyr Balukh jailed for Ukrainian flag in Russian-occupied Crimea after a farcical ‘retrial’

Belarus Bristles at Kazakhstan’s Offer to Host Ukraine Talks

With Trump and Putin Distracted, Xi Moves In On Ukraine

Saudi cleric killed in rural Guinea after preaching

Measles outbreak kills 58 children in Indonesia’s Papua

65 West Papuan children die of malnutrition next to the worlds largest gold mine

At Sundance, Indigenous-Made Films Combat Hollywood Stereotypes

Cherokee Nation recognizes Martin Luther King holiday for first time

Indigenous group tackles diabetes with storytelling

Navajo President Calls For National Recognition of Tribal Sovereignty

Helping Indigenous people in the Northwest Territories gain vital job skills and experience

Save our endangered languages: It’s time to look at how to preserve Alaska’s 20 Native languages

Indigenous Soldiers Defend Brazilian Border

American Indian Tribes Create an Agricultural Coalition to Impact the Next Farm Bill

The American Indian museum comes of age by tackling this country’s lies

In Peru Jungle, Francis Offers a Stirring Defense of Indigenous Peoples

‘No wonder we Aboriginal people can’t get ahead’, Bess Price

Indigenous leader Warren Mundine labels debate over Australia Day ‘disgraceful’

Indigenous ranger programs are working in Queensland – they should be expanded

Progress against hunger, poverty hinges on empowering indigenous women – UN agriculture chief

Mauritania private newspapers on sale after month’s absence

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Liberia’s outgoing president, expelled by party

Thousands demand repatriation of Basque prisoners

Basques march for political prisoners

Basque fashion brand signals circular future

Spanish Journalist Jorge Correa Jailed For ‘Pro-Terror’ Social Media Posts

Defense of Greenland’s autonomy

Hong Kong pro-independence protest leader Edward Leung appears in court for ‘rioting’

Hong Kong’s leader defends a plan to allow China partial control of local railway station

World’s fifth-largest diamond found in Lesotho

Antigua and Barbuda islands to set up special courts for sexual assault cases

China Sent Nuclear Missile Attack Submarine to Disputed Islands, Japan Says

Japan, Australia agree to enhance maritime security ties amid rising China

Vietnam postpones China concert that falls on takeover date

Jamaica to Host Inter-Parliamentary Workshop on Gender Equality

World Baloch Organization is on a Mission to Illuminate and Eradicate Pakistan’s Human Rights Abuses

Taiwan show accused of pro-independence funding back on air in China

Airliners Have Become China’s Newest Means of Pressuring Taiwan

Cyprus, Greece and Jordan Aim to Bolster Region’s Security

Sweden to reissue World War Two emergency advice booklet as fears of conflict with Russia grows

Swedish PM does not rule out use of army to end gang violence

Lebanese security agency turns smartphone into selfie spycam

Brunei: SE Asia’s smallest market, and its national airline, poised for rapid growth in 2018

New Zealand’s Prime Minister is pregnant and will take 6 weeks of maternity leave

Gabonese opposition leader Jean Ping banned from leaving Gabon

Gabon Appreciates China’s Long-Term, Sincere Support

Former DRC army chief accused of coup bid held in Gabon

Gabon Says It Busted a Major Ivory Smuggling Network

Don’t mock Africa over stagnation due to Nigeria but dissolve Nigeria and see the beauty of Africa, Biafrans tell Trup

Nigerian leaders have been calling the coutry a sh*thole long before Trump

Biafra agitation: Nigeria court upholds IPOB terrorist label

Netherlands has expelled Eritrea’s top diplomat for forcing Eritreans to pay a “diaspora tax”

Czech government quits after confidence vote

Czech PM’s immunity lifted ahead of fraud probe

Zeman to face scientist Drahoš in Czech presidential run-off

Czech TV Slammed For Airing Suspect Russian Documentary

A year after Jammeh’s exit, Gambia emerges from the shadows

Gambia’s former dictator ‘could be extradited’

Gambians enjoy freedom post-Jammeh, but criticise economy

Cameroon’s Southwest on Edge after Nigeria Arrests Separatist Leaders

Yemen’s Houthi rebels intensify persecution of Baha’i minority

This Man Has Freed Hundreds Of Yazidis Captured By ISIS. Thousands Remain Missing

Armenia Officially Condemns Yazidi Genocide, Calls for the Perpetrators to Be Held Accountable

ERRC Sues Slovak Ministry of Interior Over Discriminatory Policing

Fourth Romani Prisoner Dies in Macedonian Prisons

Report finds Roma in Ireland live in ‘extreme poverty’

Antigypsyism in Austria

Gypsies and Travellers in UK face housing crisis, charities warn

Sierra Leone constitutional crisis – people in glass houses must not throw stones

Western Sahara self-determination process draws little international attention

Worries as New Caledonia’s independence vote approaches

Nomad Families Forced From Their Land in Tibet’s Chamdo

Make Tibet ‘core’ issue of your policy: Tibetan govt-in-exile president to India

Any country who says Tibet is part of China is wrong: Tibetan President

Bombs found near Dalai Lama’s camp in Bodh Gaya

Tibet raised in US House of Representatives debate on China’s Strategy to Accrue Global Power

China Orders Immediate Return of Tibetans Attending Dalai Lama Teachings in India

European Parliament expresses concern regarding Tibetan political prisoners, language advocate Tashi Wangchuk and monk Choekyi

Catalonia corruption scandal: court orders party to repay €6.6m

European Parliament orders Barcelona office to use Spanish

Protests demand freedom for jailed leaders Jordi Sànchez and Jordi Cuixart at 3 month mark

Catalonia moves to take back control as parliament sits for first time without exiled leaders

Catalan parliament reconvenes, elects pro-secession speaker Roger Torrent

Irish Prime Minister calls on Madrid to open dialogue with next Catalan government

Forbidding Junqueras right to vote distortion of Parliament

Spain police operation against Catalan referendum cost €87M

Catalan language, identity, and independence

Former Catalan Leader Carles Puigdemont Says He Can Rule From Abroad, Madrid Says No

Catalan exports rise foreseeing best year on record

La Model prison opens doors to public

Manresa celebrates upcoming year as Capital of Catalan Culture

Barcelona wants justice for Franco regime’s gay victims

Puigdemont, in Denmark: ‘We will not surrender to authoritarism’

Supreme Court rejects reissuing European arrest warrant against Puigdemont

Puigdemont nominated as candidate for president

Puigdemont: “What happens in Catalonia is as crucial for the future of the EU as Brexit”

EU to remove Panama, Korea, UAE, 5 other from tax haven blacklist

Opposition rejects Equatorial Guinea President Obiang’s denial of torture

Estonia’s Arvo Pärt is the world’s most performed living composer seventh year running

Baltic “elves” launch online database of pro-Russian trolls to tackle propaganda

Turkey launches deadly military operation against Afrin in Rojava

People protest in Istanbul as Erdogan vows to ‘crush’ local opposition to Afrin operation

Kurdistan to deploy Peshmerga to help Afrin against Turkey if possible, PUK official

Answer questions on Barotseland logically to stop Barotse from agitating for self-determination – Zambians Challenged

Reding: ‘Endangered languages could be saved by the internet’


The Year When We Will Win Independence Debate


Human Rights Violations in Western SaharaCommunist holocaust and its lessons for the 21st CenturyWhat do teens in occupied Donetsk want in life?This is the year we’ll win Scottish independence argumentHere is what my #shithole looks likeConservation RefugeesBeijing ‘white elephants’ seen swimming in PacificIlham Tohti nominated for the Nobel Peace PrizeYuan DiplomacyFinnish ships face increased scrutiny in Russian harboursNewfound Pride in Guaraní‘Hunger is killing me’: starvation as a weapon of war in South SudanReferendum about Taiwan Independence or unification should be allowedNo way to treat a neighboring countryHerdsmen Killings Worse Than Kanu’s BiafraGlobal cyber-alliance of democraciesDespite losses, Kurds have ‘promising future’ if unitedIn Trouble for Listing Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as Separate CountriesEither the Catalan issue is resolved or Spain won’t have a democratic government

1991 January 13: Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania

1990 January 19-20: Azerbaijan: Black January

1991 January 20: The Barricades in Latvia

1946 January 22: Establisment of the Republic of Kurdistan

1919 January 22: Day of Unity of Ukraine

2014 January 22: The first killings of protesters on the Maidan

1759 January 25: Burns Night, Scotland

1788 January 26: Australia Day to Invasion Day to Survival Day

January 26, 1950: Republic Day in India

Western Sahara dispute should invalidate EU-Morocco fish deal, EU court adviser says

Despite Threats of Censorship, Documentary Filmmakers Show Human Rights Violations in Western Sahara

A major battle of land ownership is brewing between Antigua and Barbuda

Niger’s Gold Rush Has Turned Bandits into Barons

Belgium in Uproar Over Torture of Sudanese It Deported

Seven out of ten Walloons never use public transport

Flanders makes bid for 2021 World Championships

Average length of traffic jams on Flemish roads reached six-year record in 2017

Two Palestinian teens killed in clashes with Israeli troops

Palestinian leaders threaten to withdraw formal recognition of Israel

Flare-Up With Israel Tests Hamas Effort to Keep Gaza on Low Boil

Netanyahu’s son brags about prostitutes, $20 billion deal for friend’s dad in strip club rant

Israel bans entry for 20 groups over BDS support

More than 1,000 settlement homes approved in West Bank

Israel searches West Bank after settler killed in drive-by shooting

Sikhs ban Indian diplomats from entering Gurdwaras across US

Lithuania bans entry to 49 Russians under ‘Magnitsky Act’

Putin’s “hybrid peace” is a Kremlin trap for Ukraine

“They said they would torture my son” – religious scholar released from occupied Donbas

Russian military was behind ‘NotPetya’ cyberattack in Ukraine, CIA concludes

Ukrainians travelling to Russia are playing Russian roulette

Can anything be done in Ukraine with the so-called “canonical” Moscow Patriarchate?

The Communist holocaust and its lessons for the 21st Century

A U.S.-Ukraine Weapons Deal Has Russia Up in Arms

What do teens in occupied Donetsk want in life?

Russian troll factory expands its work space threefold in 2018

Ukraine must officially recognize Soviet regime as an occupation, Kyiv historian says

Crimean political prisoner beaten in Russia for reporting brutal treatment

Russia to deploy S-400 missile systems in occupied Crimea

Russia is destroying 16th Century Crimean Tatar Khan’s Palace in occupied Crimea

Germany, Norway deliver ilmenite ore to occupied Crimea in sanctions breach

Why we should write about the Crimean Tatars

10 thousand Crimeans forced to serve in Russian occupying army

Proposed law could affect land owning groups in French Pacific

Scotland independence debate is less rowdy, but we still give a hoot

SNP “discrimination” case to consider whether Scottish independence is a philosophical belief

Breakthrough as lost Pictish monastery where monks first wrote Gaelic discovered by archaeologists

What does 2018 have in store for Scottish politics?

First Minister: Creating an independent Scotland “not about flags or passports”

Scottish independence given boost by views on the economy

This is the year we’ll win the independence argument

Independence is the answer to UK’s cultural and economic vacuum

Hundreds enjoy 1,600-year-old spectacular Burning of the Clavie ritual

Russia ‘reversed position on independence post-Brexit’

M&S tells Scottish customer: You’ve had your referendum and you’re part of England now

Switzerland’s Central Bank Made $55 Billion Last Year—More Than Apple

‘Here is what my #shithole looks like’: African countries and Haiti react to Trump’s remark

‘An homage to resilience’: Portraits of Haiti’s rape survivors

Gambia ‘suspends political events’ over clashes

Gambia: Barrow Urged To End ‘Unprovoked’ Attacks On Former Ruling Party Supporters

ECHR obliges Russia to pay 4 thousand euros to resident of Tatarstan who spent three years in jail

Tatarstan to host int’l Turkological conference

Ex-head of Mari El gets another ammunition storage charge

Welsh Government announces £50m fund to prepare Wales for Brexit

The AMs who speak the most (and the least) Welsh in the Senedd

Plaid Cymru to vote down latest Brexit Bill

‘Rural areas neglected by Welsh and Westminster governments’

Welsh government launches consultation on plans to ban smacking for children

5 things the UK Government could do in 2018 to help reverse Wales’ decline

Why are Yorkshire MPs speaking for Wales at Westminster?

Plaid Cymru Brexit bill warning to Welsh ministers

Regional editor denies being ‘enemy of Welsh language’

Harry and Meghan to celebrate Welsh culture on Cardiff visit

Wales needs to enlist its expat army and turn the brain drain into a resource

Complaint made after Father Christmas couldn’t speak Welsh

Planning officers call for Welsh condition on new homes in Llanrhaeadr YM

9 lovely Welsh towns to visit for a weekend break

Violence, overcrowding and prison deaths put Welsh prisons among UK’s worst

Equatorial Guinea: Coup attempt leaves many questions

Equatorial Guinea claims failed coup planned in France

U.S. Sends Nuclear-Capable Stealth Bombers to Guam, U.S. Territory North Korea’s Kim Jong Un Threatened to Blow Up

Gunmen kill 13 in Senegal’s Casamance region

Batwa: Uganda’s ‘conservation refugees’ mired in extreme poverty

Is Lebanon Set for an Oil Bonanza?

Environmentalists Warn Of Mediterranean Pollution From Lebanon Land Reclamation

Lebanese Prime Minister Hariri Wants Lebanon Kept Out of the Saudi-Iranian Conflict

Hmong Veterans Ask Congress for Right to Burial in National Cemeteries

Far-right Austria minister’s ‘Nazi language’ causes anger

Austria’s president is forced to step in after country’s first newborn of 2018 is revealed to be Muslim

Austria wants to cut family benefits for children living abroad

‘A great milestone’: Somaliland adopts legislation outlawing rape

Somaliland journalists sentenced to two years in prison on propaganda charges

China lodges diplomatic complaint over “onerous debt burdens on regional governments”

Beijing ‘white elephants’ seen swimming in Pacific

Faroese nationalise fishing quota

Rights Situation in Xinjiang Has ‘Further Deteriorated’ in Recent Months

Uyghur Detentions Continue in Xinjiang, Despite Pledge to End With Party Congress

Chinese Authorities Arrest Halmurat Ghopur Amid Crackdown on Prominent Uyghurs

Ilham Tohti has been officially nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize

Yuan Diplomacy: Panama Cuts Ties with Taiwan in Favor of the Mainland

Guinea pays tribute to iconic former captain ‘Papa’ Camara

Malta: EU island of ‘impunity and fear’

Malta ex-corruption investigator Jonathan Ferris fears for life

Trial further delayed for West Papuan independence campaigner Yanto Awerkion

Filep Karma: Former Political Prisoner’s Fragile Freedom

#VoicesFromWestPapua 1. Alomina Wenda

#VoicesFromWestPapua 2. Mama Ester Elsye Game

Chinese-built and funded Ethiopia-Djibouti electric rail line begins commercial operations

Transport minister unsure why Finnish ships face increased scrutiny in Russian harbours

Midwives’ Resistance: How Native Women Are Reclaiming Birth on Their Terms

Farmington teacher develops Braille code for Navajo

New program at NAU brings Navajo culture into the classroom

Newfound Pride in Guaraní, a Language Long Disdained in Paraguay

Paraguay to revitalize Guarani

American Indians Achieve Voting Rights Gains

Indigenous women occupy Washington state capitol lawn

Native Americans, Canada’s First Peoples, Fight to Keep Long Hair

Lynched and driven from their land: Native Americans in photos on the 100th anniversary of their last battle against settlers

Evo Honors Birth of Bolivian Indigenous Martyr, Tupac Katari

American Indians in Dakotas Sue Pharma Companies for Their Role in Opioid Epidemic

Leech Lake Tribal College receives $100,000 American Indian College Fund grant

Rivers in the sky

Cherokee Can’t Sue Opioid Distributors in Tribal Court, Judge Rules

Cherokees Plan to Move Opioid Lawsuit to State Court

If you respect Native American culture then help actual Native Americans trying to cross our border

Navajo Nation to open first tribal police academy

Kunumi MC, the indigenous rapper protecting his people’s land

Peek inside Boise, Idaho’s vibrant Basque community

Thousands of people are taking part in the demonstration against dispersal in Bilbao

Usurbil will present the final farewell to poet Joxan Artze

Murders in Puerto Rico Surge as Hurricane Maria Recovery Continues

Puerto Rico’s most ambitious push to become a US state, explained

Citizenship tests could become available in Cornish but not Gaelic or Welsh

To tackle sexual violence in Lesotho, programme targets men and boys

The mixed legacy of Liberia’s Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

U.N. Security Council lauds Liberia over peaceful runoff polls

From first lady to vice president of Liberia: meet Jewel Howard Taylor

U.S. accuses Beijing of ‘provocative militarization’ in South China Sea

Philippine fury with China over reneging on military promise in South China Sea

China slams Vietnam for inviting India to invest in South China Sea

4 China Coast Guard Vessels Enter Japan-Administered Waters Near Disputed East China Sea Islands

Indonesia seeks effective South China Sea code of conduct

Japanese names given to 34 undersea features in disputed waters, Chinese proposals snubbed

Are we also a ‘shithole’? Botswana asks US

Turkmenistan’s president just banned women from driving

How North America will be celebrating the official year of the Irish language

2017 – the year of no government in Northern Ireland

Some way to go yet to break Belgium’s record for a democracy going without an elected government

New Northern Ireland Secretary “absolutely determined” to restore powersharing

Flying high: Peregrine falcons return to Irish skies

New Gaelscoil a boost to the city’s bilingual status

Irish-language content on radio is negligible, says report

Dominica Carnival launched under theme ‘Celebrating our Traditions’

Dominica’s PM thanks St. Kitts and Nevis post-Maria recovery assistance

Emergency grants offered to small businesses in Dominica

South Sudan declares former army chief a rebel, accuses him of attacks

‘Hunger is killing me’: starvation as a weapon of war in South Sudan

Trinidad and Tobago elects its first female president: Paula-Mae Weekes

Taiwanese TV star has show canceled in China for ‘supporting Taiwan Independence’?

Referendum about Taiwan Independence or unification should be allowed: poll

Taiwan calls China’s new aviation routes in Taiwan Strait irresponsible

China angered by US House for passing Taiwan Travel Act

Taiwan isn’t China, and Taiwanese aren’t Chinese

Venezuela government, opposition resume talks in Dominican Republic

Ethiopia Is Falling Apart

Vatican takes over scandal-hit Sodalitium movement amid abuse allegations

Nicaragua: Exit of Electoral Council Chief Demanded

A Year in Review: For North Caucasus in 2017, Old Problems Remain While New Ones Arise

Chief Of Rights Group Memorial’s Chechnya Office Detained On Drug Charge

Ingush Opposition Activist Magomed Khazbiyev Detained On Illegal Weapons Possession Charge

Previously arrested in absentia Ingush human rights defender Magomed Khazbiev turns himself in to police

Vice Prime Minister of Dagestan Bilal Omarov suspended from work pro tem

Nephew of former Head of Dagestan suspected of public funds’ embezzlement

Meet Aina Gamzatova, The Muslim Woman Challenging Vladimir Putin

Georgia Not To Purchase Gas from Russia in 2018

Georgia has all the mechanisms needed for NATO membership

Can Europe Help Defend Georgia?

South Ossetia, Republika Srpska Sign Agreements

Defying Court Ban, Republika Srpska Goes Ahead With ‘Statehood Day’

Russian-trained mercenaries back Bosnia’s Serb separatists

Bosnia’s last female miners

Flow of Migrants Drains Bosnia of its Youth

Tajikistan: Brain Drain Rush Causes Annual Riot

Barb-Tossing Bard: Mysterious Poet Roils Sleepy Tajik Village

US Planned Big Boost in Military Aid to Tajikistan

Homophobic Violence Still A Major Problem In Iceland

Top 5 trends in Iceland this winter

Anticorruption protest in Panama draws thousands

Cook Islands mourn ‘a people’s Queen’

U.N. endorses elections for Libya by end of 2018

What does 2018 hold for Libya?

Curaçao and Aruba: “No way to treat a neighboring country” – Venezuela closes border

Inter-American Court in Costa Rica endorses same-sex marriage

Central African refugees, exiled across the river, long for home

Bolivia welcomes Dakar Rally drivers with wreaths of coca leaves

Samoa promotes Chinese investors

Hope for Mauritanian desert economy as tourists return

N88bn compensation: FG yet to pay us — Biafra war victims

Biafra: Focus on achieving Igbo nation through referendum – Ohanaeze to agitators

Biafra: Tell DSS to stop harassing us – Nnamdi Kanu’s family cries out

Indigenous People of Biafra berates military, police over killing of youths in Port Harcourt

‘Handshake Across the Niger’: How IPOB members caused stir in Enugu summit

Soyinka to Buhari – Herdsmen Killings Worse Than Kanu’s Biafra

Nigeria’s DSS ‘arrests Cameroon separatist leader’ Sisiku Ayuk Tabe

Release Cameroonian separatists now, says human rights lawyer Femi Falana

African Bar exhorts Nigeria to release Cameroon’s separatist leaders

Arrests will not deter Cameroon’s separatism: Experts

Bahrain to host first Baby Games

Power rationing introduced on Niue

Kuwait will host Iraq reconstruction conference in February

Kuwait emir warns over prolonged Qatar-GCC crisis

Why is Qatar being blockaded and isolated?

Qatar complains to UNSC after UAE violates airspace

Here for the long haul: How Qatar is overcoming the aviation blockade

Denmark, Greenland sign deal to clean up U.S. military waste

GEM project makes data on Greenland freely available to all

Only in Greenland: A beach for skiing and sledding

Survey found 4.1% of women have fallen victim to sexual offences in Sweden

Honduras post-election crisis leaves dozens dead

‘Scallop War’ erupts between Scotland and Isle of Man

LuxLeaks whistleblower Deltour acquitted

EU supercomputer may come to Lux

Somalia calls for accelerated debt relief to fight terrorism

25 years since Aussies deployed to Somalia

Somalia Launches Digital Counter-extremism Center

Benin photographer captures voodoo via the lens

Greece is limiting the power of sharia law

Islam’s gradual resurgence in post-Soviet Azerbaijan

Azerbaijani court sentences investigative journalist Afgan Mukhtarli to six years in prison

Museum of Romani Culture to take over Lety in March

Over tenth of Czech Roma at schools for kids with mental disorder

Sheffield Roma community ‘in shock’ after death of primary school girl

US refuses visa for Serbia’s army chief of staff

Estonia is hosting a massive party to celebrate turning 100 this year

Former Estonian president Hendrik Ilves calls for global cyber-alliance of democracies

Armenia among Safest Countries for American Travel in New State Department Ranking

Kosovo Prime Minister Haradinaj Cancels U.S. Visit After ‘Failing To Get Visa’

Kosovo War Rape Survivors See Hope in Reparations, but Justice Remains Elusive

Kosovo’s long, slow recovery

Why relations between Slovenia and Croatia are all at sea

Slovenia’s Top Opposition Party Leads Poll Before Spring Ballot

Rising Stars Topline French Debut Feature About Female Kurdish Warriors

UK ‘inadvertently helped neuter’ Middle East ally the Iraqi Kurds

Iraq bans Kurdish firm Kar Group from operating Kirkuk oilfields

PUK, KDP push for a united Kurdish list in Iraqi elections

Systemic Crisis in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Islamic party boycotting Iraqi election because of Kurdish disunity

Despite losses, Kurds have ‘promising future’ if united: Masrour Barzani

New EU strategy on support to Iraq while Kurdish independence put on hold

Syrian war will drag into next decade: senior Kurdish leader

Turkey ‘summons top US diplomat’ over Syria Kurd forces

Kurdish politician’s Selahattin Demirtas first appearance in Turkish court 14 months after arrest

Turkish parliament strips pro-Kurdish lawmaker Leyla Zana of her status again

Pro-Kurdish footballer Deniz Naki shot at on German motorway

Turkey’s Response to Iran Protests Tells Us All We Need to Know of Ankara

Iran promises ‘harsh’ response for Kurdish groups after deadly border clashes

Viktor Orbán: Hungary doesn’t want ‘Muslim invaders’

Hungary fines main opposition party Jobbik over billboards funded by Orban foe

Is the EU subsidising autocracies? Hungary and the rise of the ‘illiberal’ model

Hungary summons Romanian ambassador over PM’s remarks threatening ethnic Hungarians

Romania’s prime minister threatens Transylvanian Hungarian politicians with hanging

No More Dissidents on Apple: Apple’s China iCloud data migration sweeps up international user accounts

Marriott in more trouble after ‘liking’ Twitter post by Tibetan independence group

China Blocks Marriott Hotels For Listing Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau as Separate Countries

Delta flies into China trouble over Tibet and Taiwan

Liverpool’s Tibet Water sponsorship set to be subject of protests ahead of Manchester City clash

Savor Tibetan Dumplings and Hot Pot When Dorjee Momo Bubbles Up on Capitol Hill

Tibetan spiritual leader cancels international travel for 2018

Richard Gere Arrives in Bodh Gaya To Attend Dalai Lama Teachings

Chinese Authorities Blow Up Christian Church by Dynamite

1.1 Million Chinese Tourists to be Sent from Shanghai to Tibet

How China Used a Times Documentary as Evidence Against Its Subject Tashi Wangchuk

China Forces Sri Lanka to Stop Dalai Lama’s Autobiography Publication

Denmark Breaks Own Record for Electricity Generated via Wind Power

Danish companies warming up for a strong 2018: analysis

How happiness impacts forestry (and vice versa) in Bhutan

Australian Indigenous objects become ‘cultural ambassadors’ in Rome in new book

‘Quite pretty for an Aboriginal’ woman fired TWO DAYS after filing complaint about racial discrimination

France faces separatist demands as it ponders relationship with Corsica

Former Catalan president Artur Mas quits as pro-independence PdeCat chief

Pro-independence parties agree to reinstate Puigdemont as president

Pro-independence N-VA invites Puigdemont to speak in Flemish Parliament

Survivors of Spanish Civil War remembered in documentary

Outcry over Spanish defense ministry economic support of Francoist association

Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras asks to be transferred to a Catalan prison

Deposed Catalan leader Puigdemont floats idea of being sworn in from Belgium

Spain to oppose ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont being re-elected from Belgium

European parliament should promote “more debate and political dialogue” on Catalonia, Lithuanian MEP Petras Austrevicius

Javier Pérez Royo: ‘Either the Catalan issue is resolved or Spain won’t have a democratic government’

Spain’s democratic jurists rise up

Barcelona airport closes 2017 with historic total of 47 million passengers

Catalan Parliament speaker Carme Forcadell opts against reprise

Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras will be behind bars for Catalan parliament’s first session

Catalan administration workers demand leaders’ release

Catalonia won’t be silenced

Imprisonment of Catalan leaders ‘unique situation in Europe,’ Renate Weber, a Romanian MEP and ECHR judge

Yellow ribbons and October 1 ballot box placed outside European Commission in symbolic protest


Intense January in Catalan politics ahead

Corsica Nationalists Gear Up for Tussle with Macron – Fresh CAR violence drives thousands to Chad – Russian strategic bombers in Indonesian occupied West Papua – Russian methods of repression in Crimea – Which Will Be Europe’s Poorest Country? – Independent Scotland perfectly feasible – Overcrowded Uyghur Re-Education Camps – What Happened When Jewish Settler Slapped Israeli Soldier – Tuareg rebel amnesty – Perfect families living abroad – Guinea massacre suspects to go before criminal tribunal – Eco-colonialism at the Ballot Box – Anywhere but here – Women shaping Botswana’s new economy – Somalia Charges 5 for Attack That Killed over 500 – Barotseland will only engage on disengagement – Mass protests against planned execution in Bahrain – Ethnic Minority Marginalized in Factory Towns – Kurdistan’s biggest stories – Amazigh genie out of the bottle – Mufti of Dagestan’s wife to contest Putin – Spanish army ready to act in Catalonia – Intense January in Catalan politics ahead – 15 years in jail for Tibetan language – A special place for Luxembourgish

1960 January 1: Independence Day in Cameroon

1993 January 1: Velvet Divorce: Czech Republic and Slovakia

1804 January 1: Haitian Declaration of Independence

1962 January 1: Samoan Independence Day

1956 January 1: Sudan Independence

1948 January 4: Myanmar Independence Day

1991 January 13: Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania

1991 January 13: Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania

1991 January 20: The Barricades in Latvia

Palau has introduced a ‘passport pledge’ visitors must sign in order to enter

Mauritanians eye dollars, euros in currency revamp

Corsica Nationalists Gear Up for Tussle with Macron

Equatorial Guinea says attempted ‘coup’ thwarted

Chad denies role in alleged Equatorial Guinea coup attempt

Chad will finally hold legislative elections this year

Fresh CAR violence drives thousands to Chad

Russian strategic bombers in Indonesian occupied West Papua

Indonesia plans to turn the largest lowland rainforest in the Pacific and West Papua into a giant Palm oil plantation

Indonesian officials detain West Papuan self determination activist Filep Karma at Jakarta airport and call him a Monkey

Alex Sambom was a 19 year old West Papuan activist, murdered on 15th October 2017

Where Is West Papua’s Struggle for Independence From Indonesia Headed?

Ebola survivors sue government of Sierra Leone over missing millions

Dominica welcomes first cruise ship since Hurricane Maria

Why UN, ICJ resolutions fail to change human rights situation in occupied Crimea, Refat Chubarov

Crimea. People of Сharacter

Stolen Heritage: How Russia is Destroying Crimean Archaeological Sites

How the “Crimean Solidarity” resists Russian repressions

Russian security forces raid Crimean Tatars’ two houses in Simferopol, seize religious literature

Over 60 Crimean Tatars deprived of liberty in Crimea – Chubarov

Crimean courts fined Crimean Tatars more than 5 million rubles in 2017

Crimean childhoods Russia ended in just a few brutal moments

Crimea and the depletion of Russia’s resources

New documentary: “A struggle for survival of the indigenous people of Crimea”

Mustafa Dzhemilev: Russian methods of repression in Crimea worse than Soviet times

Moscow-led church in Ukraine refuses to bury boy from Kiev branch

Ukraine: march for Bandera’s birthday

How can the West promote an East-Central European security alignment?

Top Moscow bank to stop servicing sanctioned Russian defense firms

Torture and humiliation: freed Ukrainians talk about Donbas captivity

Mass grave of Kozak Volyn Division of UNR Army found in Vinnytsia Oblast

A Russian Blackwater? Putin’s Secret Soldiers in Ukraine and Syria

Russia refuses to let family and doctors see abducted Ukrainian teenager

Which Will Be Europe’s Poorest Country? Ukraine or Moldova

Suriname: A thousand growers may export to Europe in 2018

Richard Leonard admits an independent Scotland is ‘perfectly feasible’

March for Scottish independence to take place in Glasgow in May

Scotland Office is just the UK’s propaganda outfit

What is the point of a Britain that has simply lost its way?

Scotland in Union face questions as we reveal foreign billionaire’s donation

Scottish independence ‘must be an option’ amid Brexit horror show, says Sturgeon

The Plot Behind China’s Suppression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Georgia to rely more on gas from Azerbaijan, refusing purchase of Russian gas

Politicians, merchants and the unemployed on 2017 in South Ossetia

Uyghur Inmates in Xinjiang’s Korla City Endure Overcrowded Re-Education Camps

World Uyghur Congress calls on French President Macron to raise human rights concerns with his counterparts in Beijing

New Year in Uruguay begins with a raft of goods and services price increases

Irish Prime Minister says he aspires to a ‘united Ireland’

Fianna Fáil suggests Irish passport office along border with north

2018 is officially the year of the Irish language

Racism row online in Austria over Muslim New Year’s baby

North Korea Nuclear Missile Threat Wrecks Guam’s Hope for 2018 Tourism Boom

Who Loses When a Country Puts Citizenship Up for Sale?

Costa Rica Murder Rate Hits Record in 2017

Why getting rid of Costa Rica’s army 70 years ago has been such a success

Companies In Iceland Now Required To Demonstrate They Pay Men, Women Fairly

Belize Ends Oil Operations in Its Ocean Waters

Israel passes law to prevent ceding control of Jerusalem

Israel Indicts Palestinian Girl Who Slapped Soldiers

What Happened When a Jewish Settler Slapped an Israeli Soldier

Israel Enters a Fifth Year of Drought

Palestinian teen first to be killed by Israel in 2018

Lorde labelled a ‘bigot’ in full-page newspaper advertisement after cancelling Israeli concert

2018 European Capitals of Culture: Valletta’s ‘festa’ and Leeuwarden’s ‘open community’

United Arab Emirates’ Nuclear Power Gambit

Norway suspends arms sales to UAE over Yemen war

For the first time, electric and hybrid new car sales overtook gas and diesel in Norway

Norway Labour Party’s deputy leader suspended over harassment allegations

Mali president eyes Tuareg rebel amnesty under ‘national consensus’ law

Latvia, a disappearing nation

Things of Latvia: Perfect families living abroad

São Tomé and Príncipe and Cabo Verde lead economic growth in Portuguese-speaking Africa in 2018

Guinea massacre suspects to go before criminal tribunal

St. Paul lawyer sworn in as Minnesota’s first Hmong-American judge

An Unfinished Revolution: A Hostage Crisis, Adivasi Resistance and the Naxal Movement review: From ground zero

Adivasis-Lambadas rift: A story of inequalities

Qatar merger creates state-owned gas giant

Qatar allows full ownership for foreign investors

As the U.S. Retreats, Europe Moves to Strengthen Ties With Cuba

Cuba’s Santeria Priests Wax Positive as Transition from Castros Begins

Half of Puerto Rico still doesn’t have power—104 days after Hurricane Maria

Informal Dwellers of Puerto Rico

Greenland Reconciliation Commission finds colonization did ‘a lot of damage’

How mobsters turned Albania into a cannabis-producing state

Albania’s judicial reforms all but go up in smoke

2 Albanian lawmakers fired for criminal records in Italy

‘Eco-colonialism’: Rift grows between Indigenous leaders and green activists

How an artifact from Standing Rock protest made its way to American Indian museum

American Indian tribes commission problem-gambling study

The case for guaranteed Indigenous representation in Ottawa

Indigenous scholar Val Napoleon embraces disruption

American Indians in Minnesota reclaiming traditional tobacco

‘Anywhere but here’

14 Watershed Moments for Indigenous Rights in 2017

Indigenous Self-Determination and Land Rights: Confronting Trudeau’s Fake Reconciliation Promises

Legendary but ailing Inuit singer pleads for help to keep heat, lights on

Will #MeToo Movement Lead to Protections for American Indian Women?

For Native Americans, a ‘Historic Moment’ on the Path to Power at the Ballot Box

From shadows to town hall: Nicaragua female mayor to put women first

Memory of Cornish coast dwellers kidnapped for slavery ‘culturally erased’

Lesotho, the first African country to license medical cannabis

Africa, The Next Cannabis Powerhouse: Lesotho Medical License Paves the Way for Green Rush

Hong Kong legal chief steps down early amid judicial turbulence

Women shaping Botswana’s new economy

Balochistan: Previously abducted Baloch teacher’s dead body found

Baloch, Sindhi activists hail US President Trump’s statement on Pakistan

The Lasting Legacy Of Central Asia’s Writers: The Founding Fathers (Part 1)

The Lasting Legacy Of Central Asia’s Writers: The Soviet Era (Part 2)

Turkmenistan’s president banned black cars, reportedly because he “prefers white”

This Is the 1 Country Where North Koreans Can Vacation as Long as They Want

Kyrgyz Opposition Politician Jailed For Corruption

Clashes break out near South Sudan capital in truce violation

Bratislava in the spotlight: Slovakian city celebrates 25 years as capital

EU to Fund New Poland-Slovakia Gas Pipeline

We have to see Slovakia as a success story: PM Fico on the 25th anniversary

Slovakia President awards 25 personages, marking 25 years of independence

China-Taiwan Relations: What to Expect in 2018

Stakeholders Celebrate Success of Biometric Election in Somaliland

Somaliland is a beacon of democracy in an unstable region

First Impressions of Nicaragua From a Recent Expat

Ethiopia to free jailed politicians to ‘foster national reconciliation’

Growing Popular Opposition Continues to Put Pressure on Ethiopia’s Ruling Party

Ethiopia – A deadly 2017 saddled with security headache, simmering protests

Somalia Charges 5 for Attack That Killed over 500

Somalia PM fires top ministers in reshuffle

Panama cancelling registration of two vessels linked to North Korea trading

As Chaos and Despair Grow in Libya, Qaddafi Son Plans Comeback

Moldova court suspends president over Russian media bill

Court Allows Moldova’s Government To Enact Law Against Russian ‘Media Propaganda’

Moldova President Defiant After Fresh Court Suspension

Gagauz Resist Moldova’s Embrace of West

Vanuatu bans non-biodegradable plastic to protect ocean life

Barotseland will only engage Zambian govt on disengagement from Zambia, says Sinyinda

Barotse must have more self-belief in 2018; UN, EU, AU, SADC which prefer firefighting won’t help much – BTG

Barotse National Freedom Alliance 2018 New Year message

Opposition leader says Saint Lucia in constitutional crisis

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) launches Hausa Radio Service

Biafra news app, for all the latest news and information on Biafra receives good ratings on Google Play

Samoa and Kiribati are first to welcome the new year

Tauto Sansbury: Aboriginals have little to feel positive about

Indigenous communities in Australia press for a national voice despite setbacks

Honduras murder rate fell by more than 25 percent in 2017

Honduras opposition calls for month of protests against president

Putin’s investment in the Czech Republic puts his dwindling influence on display

The Trump of Europe who rules in Prague

North Korea’s Military Partners in the Horn of Africa: Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Somalia

A Somber New Years’s Eve In Eritrea

World’s Worst Violators of Religious Freedom

Embattled Togo leader breaks silence in New Year address

“When Diana left, the eyes of the world left too”: Inside Bosnia’s landmine fields where a million killing machines sleep in the dirt

Bosnia-Herzegovina’s Catholic exodus

Greece says it wants to settle Macedonia name dispute this year

Slovenia, Croatia in diplomatic spat over border dispute

Croatia sees first budget surplus in 2017

Why Russia Is Hunting For A Balkans Bargain

24 hour hunger strike to move control over broadcasting from London to Cardiff

Wales’ New Year resolution must be to take control of its own destiny

People Who Shaped Malta In 2017

In 2018 the anti-ISIS coalition should focus on helping Yazidi victims

Benin magistrates to strike over ban on strikes

Mass protests against planned execution of activists continue in Bahrain

2017 Worst Year for Human Rights in Bahrain: Activist

Bahrain urges citizens against travel to Iran

Will We Ever See the End of Information Control in Azerbaijan?

Why are Gypsy children often expelled from UK schools?

Yet another country – Lithuania – forced to ask: Is this stupidity or is it treason?

City Lights: Are Yi Ethnic Minority Youth Marginalized in Factory Towns?

Women, ethnic minorities more likely to find mentorship programs helpful

Ethnic minority people forced to seek work in cities

Kuwait to join UN Security Council as Arab member

How Augmented Reality Is Helping Raise Awareness About One of Armenia’s Most Endangered Species

Liberia’s big school experiment

The calm over South China Sea dispute may be short-lived

Is Mekong River set to become the new South China Sea for regional disputes?

Series of Satellite Launches Will Bolster Chinese Control of Disputed Sea

Ankara ready for peace, if PKK lays down arms: FM

Turkey jails pro-Kurdish HDP party lawmaker Idris Baluken for more than 16 years

Turkey’s jailed pro-Kurdish HDP party co-leader Selahattin Demirtas to step down

Iran’s Kurdish opposition parties back protesters, call for international support

Iran re-opens border crossings with Iraqi Kurdistan region, but not for porters

Recap 2017: Kurdistan’s biggest stories

Leaders in Kurdistan send messages of hope for 2018

Sahrawi Lawyers Union denounces plunder of Western Sahara resources

Gabon leader pledges ‘radical change’ in New Year message

Reporters face obstacle run in corruption-hit Bulgaria

Bulgaria’s president vetoes anti-corruption law

Murders fall in El Salvador, but citizens still fearful

El Salvador, last country with embassy in J’lm, won’t move again

An endless cycle of carnage in El Salvador

U.S. deportations of alleged El Salvador gang members surge

Former El Salvador official convicted in corruption case

Laos film festival nurtures big screen dreams

Tiger farms still booming in Laos

Presidency Council forces try to grab Ras Jedir border post from Amazigh

Amazigh Rabea Jayash accused of espionage for speaking Berber language and kidnapped

Morocco Wants to Declare Amazigh New Year as National Holiday

Is the ethnic genie out of the bottle? Berbers and the ‘North African Spring’ five years on

Amazigh New Year Yennayer in Algeria

Religion, migration and the dreams of Dagestani youth

Mufti of Dagestan’s wife Aina Gamzatova to contest 2018 election against Putin

Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont urges Madrid to accept results, negotiate

Czechoslovakia split could be “example” for Catalonia, says Czech PM

Catalonia: Carles Puigdemont demands Spain restore his government

Euro hits four-month high despite Catalan uncertainty

Barcelona to open infamous Model prison to public in 2018

The IndieBeat: Las Tractoradas shows how Catalonia is trying to escape the reins of Spain

Spanish government cuts Catalan budget by €780m

Catalonia flag will fly over Dublin City Hall for one month in solidarity with Catalan people & Catalan political prisoners

Catalan leader Oriol Junqueras ordered to stay in jail as court rejects ‘political prisoner’ claims

Catalonia’s Separatists: In Exile. In Jail. In Power?

Catalan independence: Jailed minister’s nativity decoration smashed

Spanish army was ready to act in Catalonia, says defense minister

Mixed reaction to idea of investing Catalan president at a distance

Intense January in Catalan politics ahead

Stewart Arnold: Catalonia shows way ahead for Yorkshire

Will neglect drive Yorkshire to a Catalan-style revolt?

Bailed out, yet again – Mongolia stares at a brighter future

Red Cross recognition of Marshall Islands gives it greater global voice

Marshall Islands de-registers company linked to North Korea

Beirut lifts security cordon in boost for battered business quarter

Stray dog poisoning video sparks outcry in Lebanon

Singapore bans film focused on indicted Palestinian teen activist

new central business district of singapore, jurong lake district, will be one giant garden

The end of the road for Bhutan’s refugees

Nature’s Heroes Award for Bhutan’s Godfather of conservation

Trump threatens stop to Palestinian aid over Jerusalem row

Tibetan language campaigner Tashi Wangchuk faces up to 15 years in jail for ‘inciting separatism’

Genesis of Tibetan Self-Immolations is China’s Repressive Policies in Tibet

Only 60 Tibetans Escaped Into Exile During 2017

Tibet: Rampant Miscarriages of Justice Take Place Under the Chinese Legal System

China Forces Sri Lanka to Stop Dalai Lama’s Autobiography Publication

A special place for Luxembourgish’: Grand Duchy’s native language enjoys renaissance