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Russia brings up to 1 mln Russian citizens to occupied Crimea



1951 December 24: Libya Independence Day

1990 December 26: Slovenia Independence and Unity Day

1911 December 29: Mongolia Independence Day

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

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 Day

1948 January 4: Myanmar Independence Day

1968 January 5: Prague Spring

1991 January 13: Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania

Why one tiny island is still a domain name giant

Finland is trying to compete with China and the US in the race for 5G

Former Bank of Finland governor tipped as next ECB president

Russia warns Ukraine against new warship crossings via Kerch Strait

Donetsk Pastor speaks out about Ukrainian Donbas’ struggle against Russian aggression

Blogger who wrote of MH17 and Russia’s undeclared war against Ukraine held prisoner in occupied Donetsk

Ukrainian lawyer who went to Russia to get medicine for his child sentenced to 8 years for ‘spying’

Russia brings up to 1 mln Russian citizens to occupied Crimea

How countries voted on the recent UN resolution to condemn the militarisation of the Azov Sea and Crimea

Why it’s OK to protest at BBC bias … unless you back Scottish independence

Cardigan Town Council cheque rejected by bank ‘for being written in Welsh’

Taiwan band Chthonic live streams to HK after visa rejection

Chinese reconnaissance plane flies over South Korea, Japan as geopolitical tensions grow

Israel Vows to Block Palestinian Bid to Become Full UN Member

UN Envoy for Western Sahara to brief Security Council in January

Balochistan Liberation Army chief killed in suicide bombing

Indonesia Accused of Using White Phosphorous Against Civilians in West Papua

Pro-Biafra, Igbo groups meet over 2019 polls

UN Expert Calls for Action Against Racism, Promoting Amazigh in Morocco

Jadu city boycotts Libya’s constitution referendum because of marginalization

Amazigh New Year : 130 MPs ask El Othmani to make January 13th a national holiday

Top five concerns among Māori in 2018

‘We’ll continue to win’: How Indigenous leaders reached new heights in 2018

Adivasi manch moves NHRC over ‘illegal’ use of sedition law

This Village in India Has an Unexpected Edible Source of Income

‘I feel invisible’: Native students languish in public schools

Report on funding for Native Americans also urges federal recognition of Native Hawaiians

Aboriginal Tribes Have Right To Development; Their Right In The Property Is Inalienable: Chhattisgarh HC

NSW council fined for destroying culturally significant Aboriginal scar tree

School helps students keep Indigenous language alive

Doric Film Competition launches details of inaugural event in 2019

Gaelic language plan launched by Scottish Fire and Rescue Service

Shaikh Ayaz: The greatest Sindhi poet, writer of 20th century

Poet Michael Longley urges unionists to embrace Irish Language

To Save Their Endangered Language, 2 Cherokee Brothers Learn As They Teach

This poet put the Yazidi women’s suffering and strength into words

Venezuela’s indigenous migrants face Colombia discrimination

Rohingya End Hard Year Still in Limbo

Dagestan Cancels K-Pop Supergroup BTS’ ‘Gay’ Movie

Kalmyks In Russia Mark 75th Anniversary Of Deadly Stalin-Era Deportation

PUTIN THREAT: Chechnya declares Russian leader ‘ENEMY’ – he only brings ‘EVIL’

Tunisia’s Tumultuous Year Ends in Protest After a Journalist Set Himself on Fire

Is Haiti Awakening to Change?

Fearing for their lives, 60,000 people have fled Nicaragua

Ahead of 2019, Bulgaria Rejects Severe Church Restrictions

Hungary removes statue of anti-Soviet hero Imre Nagy

Will Russia be able to swallow Belarus

Spanish supreme court to hear bulk of Catalan prisoners’ trials – 6 transferred to High Court in Catalonia

Catalonia 2018: a year in pictures

Lawyers of jailed Catalan independence leaders renew appeal bids

Court investigates Catalan public media directors over referendum

Trump threatens to cut aid to Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador

Dengue epidemic declared in New Caledonia

Mongolia: Thousands protest corruption in Ulaanbaatar

‘Winning only misery’: Albania to quit gambling in the new year

After 60 years of revolution in Cuba, cracks in leadership emerge

Cuba around the world: 60 years of weapons and white coats

Can Cuba Baseball Still Be Great When Many of Its Stars Have Left?

A Window to the World: How the radio led Iceland into nationhood

Greenland’s Rapid Ice Melt Persists Even in Winter

Suriname Politician Showers Money From Helicopter

Isolated Turkmenistan launches first messaging app

Lebanon protests grow over economic crisis and political impasse

“Is Narva next?” – events in Ukraine make Estonia actively engage in minority integration

80 years since 10,000 Estonians killed in Soviet Great Purge

NATO jets intercept three Russian aircraft over Baltic Sea

Lithuanian politicians, energy officials named as possible bribe recipients in Alstom case

BAROTSELAND: A merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year 2019!

Ireland central bank chief says bad loans a ‘national systemic risk’

We should have had ten children; some of them might have remained in Ireland

Top ‘Abroad’ stories this year mostly negative about Ireland

Dozens of Bitter Winter Reporters Arrested

Mapping a Human Rights Horror: Calculating the Detentions in Xinjiang

World Uyghur Congress Appeals to Muslim World to Break Silence and Stand Up for Uyghurs

2019 forecast: China and the ‘Uyghur problem’

Marshall Islands: A nation that fears it’s on the brink of extinction

Google erases Kurdistan from maps in compliance with Turkish gov

Man says Turkish police tortured him for saying ‘Kurdistan’

Syria troops take control of Manbij in the face of Turkish threats

German ISIS woman let ‘slave’ girl, 5, die of thirst: prosecutors

Roboski massacre an “embarrassment” for Turkey: HDP

Mayor declares Shingal part of Kurdistan Region

Unknown assassins kill leader of Kurdish-backed council in Syria

Tibetan Passport Restrictions Limit Attendance at Dalai Lama Prayer Gathering

No Buddhist Nations Except Japan Grant Entry to Dalai Lama Due to Chinese Pressure

Americans rank Dalai Lama among most admired men in the world, showing continued US support for both him and Tibet

Dharamsala World Tourist Destination Due to Dalai Lama: CM at Modi Rally

Pro-Europeans Take on Moldova’s ‘Old Guard’ in Election

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1878 December 18: Qatar National Day

1961 December 19: Operation Trikora, New Guinea

1951 December 24: Libya Independence Day

1990 December 26: Slovenia Independence and Unity Day

1911 December 29: Mongolia Independence Day

2019 International Year of Indigenous Languages

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 Day

1948 January 4: Myanmar Independence Day

1968 January 5: Prague Spring

‘From One Grave To Another’: Afghan Hazara Fleeing Taliban Find Little Solace In Escape

Erasing The Rohingya: Point of No Return

Nadia Murad calls on Turkey to end its bombing of Shingal

Netherlands will continue support for a ‘stronger’ Kurdistan Region

Syrian Kurds shocked, scared by news of U.S. troop withdrawal

Kurds in Syria have already suffered ‘too much,’ says Barzani

Kurdish official calls on US to stop Turkish offensive

Turkey sends more troops to Syrian Kurdish area as US pulls out — monitor

‘An ally must be reliable’: Macron responds to Trump’s Syria pullout

Trump discussed ‘slow & highly coordinated’ exit from Syria with Erdogan

Syrian Kurds look to Damascus, Moscow to stop Turkish attack

Iraqi forces use live rounds for second week to disperse Basra protesters

‘Turkish Cyber Army’ hacks Twitter account of Kurd who served in Iraqi gov’t

Father shot dead, son wounded for saying ‘we are Kurds’ in Turkey

Monitor: Kurdish-led SDF forces arrive in Moscow to discuss future of east Euphrates

Syrian government supporters protest Turkish threats in Kurdish-dominated city

French troops seen patrolling near Syria’s Manbij

The 1984 Anti-Sikh riots – history and aftermath

Canadian Sikh Diaspora Unites to Seek Removal of Unfounded Remarks Maligning Image of Sikhs and Khalistan

US Sikh group’s call for referendum on Khalistan

World War 3: China starts BOMBER DRILLS as it BOASTS military strength in threat to Taiwan

Nuqanchik: Peruvian news and the politics of language

Moroccan Journalist Asks King Mohammed VI to Recognize Amazigh New Year as Public Holiday

Storytelling troupe revives Kurdish culture

Brittany: French Regional Officials Refuse Referendum on Uniting Bretagne Despite Mass Popular Initiative

Indigenous peoples denounce ongoing land rights violations in Ecuador

Trump Administration Takes Next Step Toward Oil Lease Sales In Arctic Refuge

Llamas help Andes peoples survive, but youths are leaving

Native American Adoption Law Challenged As Racially Biased

Adivasi scholars to bring their culture to limelight

Disproportionately high population of Dalits, Adivasis lodged in jails

Ancient Oregon Languages Being Nudged Awake

Award-winning Cornish language programme for schools in Penwith

Doric grows in popularity as language classes set to expand at Aberdeen University

Romanian Language Takes Root in Moldova’s Gagauzia

Women in Latin America Are Being Murdered at Record Rates

Prohibited From Speaking Quechua as Child, Peruvian Woman Now Professor of Quechua at Stanford

New Mexico tribe celebrates return of pueblo cultural items

US fails in funding obligation to Native Americans

Fighting for land in Guatemala

And again, experts proclaim the importance of indigenous rights

Cameroon Frees English Speakers Accused of Separatist Activity

Freed Cameroonians Ask for Release of Separatist Leaders

Yemen won’t see peace without addressing southern demands: Separatist leader

Activists, Journalists Detained As Kazakhstan Marks Anniversary Of Independence

1989 December 16–27: Romania’s Revolution, Then And Now

Bishops from New Zealand and Polynesia issue joint protest on West Papua abuses

Indonesian infrastructure isn’t quelling desire for independence in Papua

PNG’s Parkop pushes for referendum for West Papuans

Trial of Polish man accused of Papua arms deal is delayed

Peaceful resolution to Papua’s war for liberation

Talking Indonesia: roads, development and violence in Papua

Indonesia attack shines a light on controversial road project

Over 500 arrested on 57th anniversary of Indonesia’s invasion of West Papua

Papua Governor calls for military to withdraw from Nduga

Exclusive: Chemical weapons dropped on Papua

This Christmas, let the world remember the suffering people of West Papua

Forced labour being used in China’s ‘re-education’ camps

Popular Uyghur Singer And Parents Held in Xinjiang Political Re-education Camp

US sportswear traced to factory in China’s internment camps in Xinjiang

Bishkek Protesters Rally Outside Chinese Embassy Against ‘Reeducation Camps’

How silent nations can engage China on Xinjiang

Xinjiang Authorities Arrest Uyghur Court Official Who Denounced Political Re-education Camps

China’s Information War Against the Uyghurs

Muslim Pakistan says outcry over China detention camps ‘sensationalised’

Calls Mount for Indonesia to Speak Out on China’s Treatment of Uyghurs

Indonesian Muslims protest China’s detention of Uighurs

China Applies Xinjiang’s Policing Lessons to Other Muslim Areas

Waste no more: Benin confronts long history of chemical waste mismanagement

Israel urges international condemnation after finding fourth Hezbollah tunnel from Lebanon

Baloch parties, rights bodies hold protests to mark Human Rights Day

Balochistan: Pakistani forces abduct women and children from Dera Bugti: BRP

‘A Strike Against Democracy.’ No One Hurt After a Bomb Exploded Outside a Greek TV Station

The pregnant migrants risking life and limb to give birth on a French island colony

Russia’s Lingering North Caucasus Problem

OSCE Cites Torture, Executions Among ‘Grave’ Rights Violations In Chechnya

LGBTQ Chechens struggle to find their footing after fleeing to Canada

No Denying Chechnya Tortured Gay Men and Russia Allowed It

Legendary Kabardian Horses Galloping To Comeback

University divided after police detained Ingush students

‘Friend of the Crimean Tatar people’ banned from Russia for 55 years

Finno-Ugric movement activist banned from entering Russia for 55 years

Don’t Look Back: De-Germanification Campaign Gains Steam In Russia’s Kaliningrad

How many Father Frosts are there in Russia?

Hungary’s prime minister stole the country’s democracy. Now Hungarians are rising up.

U.S. Airstrikes Kill 62 Al Shabaab Militants In Somalia

MEP Speaks About Somaliland Quest for Independence

Albania expels 2 Iranian diplomats for security reasons

Belarus-Russia energy dispute snowballs

Montenegro unveils monument of ex-Yugoslav communist leader Tito

U.S. backs NATO membership for Bosnia, dismisses Serb opposition

Skopje, Sofia Not Speaking Same Language When It Comes To Macedonian

Kosovo and Serbia trade accusations over Kosovo’s new army

Catalan poll: 80% want a mutually agreed independence referendum with Spain

Spain’s former president: ‘Pro-independence leaders didn’t attempt a coup d’état’

Catalan pro-independence groups: “Now is the time for action”

Catalan political crisis ‘should speak to all democrats’

Turkey uses Spain as an example to justify detention of politicians, says Kurdish dissident

Ai Weiwei visits Catalan activist in prison

Spanish court to rule on whether it’s competent to judge case against Catalan leaders

I visited my opposite number in Catalunya. She’s in jail because of what she believes

MEPs ask Pope Francis to mediate in Catalan crisis

Madrid denies govt meeting in Barcelona is provocation

Catalan independence leaders claim political rights violations

‘I’m in jail for fulfilling the mandate expressed by Catalan society’

Jailed Catalan leaders end hunger strike

Puigdemont takes case to UN: ‘Catalan voters suffer arbitrary decision of judge’

Spanish Court refuses Kurdish precedent to release Catalan leader

Barcelona calls for Francisco Franco Foundation to be banned

Foreign investment in Catalonia up 56% in third quarter

Court of Auditors investigates former Catalan cabinet for referendum funding

Torra and Sánchez meet in Barcelona

Huge crowds turn out in Barcelona for pro-independence march

Catalonia unimpressed with ‘aesthetic measures’ approved by Spain

Catalan exports up 6.5% in October to reach all-time best

Catalonia pro-indy activists attacked by police before cabinet meeting

Jailed former vice president Oriol Junqueras hopeful “new era of dialogue” starts

Jailed Catalan leader heralds ‘new era’ of Spain relationship

Catalan government proposes independent mediation committee to Spain

Armenia Named The Economist’s ‘Country Of The Year’

Dominica going storm resilient

Female genital mutilation blamed for death of 10-year-old girl in Sierra Leone

Lesotho on road to redemption

Singapore court allows gay man to adopt son in landmark ruling

Indian troops enforce lockdown to foil Kashmir protest march

Comoros opposition leaders sentenced to life with hard labour

India’s Modi gives $1.4 billion aid to Maldives amid worry over its China debt

Fighting asbestos contamination in The Gambia

French jihadist linked to Charlie Hebdo killers arrested in Djibouti

Cuba Scraps Words Establishing Same-Sex Marriage From Drafted Constitution

El Salvador’s top cop pursues politicians; El Salvador’s politicians deny attorney general second term

El Salvador frees woman charged with murder over premature birth

Nicaragua police beat journalists in crackdown on free press

Nicaragua expels outside experts probing protest deaths

Trump signs bill to sanction Nicaraguan government

Before Night Falls in Nicaragua

Ruinous project in East Timor could open door to China

Tunisia busts cell planning attacks on security forces

How Greenland could become China’s Arctic base

How the dreadful Tignon Laws turned into a women’s only language in Suriname

Vanuatu baby treated in world’s first commercial drone-delivered vaccine

Mauritania—Will Islamist Crackdown Make It a Terrorist Target?

New Caledonia independence: adversaries meet in Paris

Five more jailed over post-referendum violence in New Caledonia

Latvia gives Soviet-time KGB card files to public

New Latvian Archives Show Ex-PM, Top Judge Had Ties To KGB

Kremlin targets Lithuania’s energy policy

The ghost of hostile foreign intelligence and spies shadow Lithuania’s Christmas

To Empower Women in Kyrgyzstan, Address Masculinity

Togo president’s party wins majority in parliament

For thousands of people across dozens of remote islands in the Pacific, Santa drives a US military C-130J Super Hercules

Botswana minister to challenge president, dropped from cabinet

Resorts in Jamaica covered up sexual assaults and paid victims, report says

National Assembly wants more Welsh radio news

More than half want more powers for Wales, poll shows

Marshall Islands: A third of the nation has left for the U.S.

Brazil’s Violent Drug Trade Overruns Paraguay: ‘Scenes You Only See in Movies’

Tibet Reciprocal Access bill becomes law, marking new era in US-China relationship and US support for Tibetans

Donald Trump signs bill on Tibet into law despite China protest

China detains Tibetan anti-corruption activist on politicised charge of ‘provoking trouble’

Standing up for Human Rights in Tibet: 70 years of Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Tibetan Activists Stage Massive Show Against Chinese Foreign Minister in Delhi

China vents spleen on Dalai Lama over US reciprocal access to Tibet Act

Speaker of Tibetan Parliament Expresses Gratitude to the President of the United States

Irish on mayor’s Christmas card ‘misuse of power’, say unionists

Irish government publishes no-deal Brexit contingency plan

Sacrificing peace in Northern Ireland is not acceptable price for Brexit

Alexei Bayer: Ukraine is the Ireland of the Russian Empire

Ukraine Moves To Form A Unified Orthodox Church Independent From Russia

Ukraine Navy vessels to try to pass through Kerch Strait with OSCE officials on board

‘Expert’ who helped jail Crimean Tatar lawyer for Facebook post called for “rabid Ukrainians to be killed”

Four Crimean Tatar political prisoners get horrifically long sentences for not ‘confessing’ to fake terrorism charges

Gravely ill Crimean Tatar activist jailed for a crime he physically couldn’t have committed

When the League of Nations expelled the USSR for bombing Finland

The Cozy Icelandic Christmas Tradition You’ll Want to Steal

Practices From the Inside Out: Christmas Book Flood

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How to Write a Letter to Santa Claus

1963 December 12: Jamhuri, Kenya Republic Day

1974 December 13: Malta Republic Day

1971 December 16: Bahrain National Day

1991 December 16: Kazakhstan Independence Day

1878 December 18: Qatar National Day

1961 December 19: Operation Trikora, New Guinea

1951 December 24: Libya Independence Day

1990 December 26: Slovenia Independence and Unity Day

1911 December 29: Mongolia Independence Day

More than 90 percent of Finnish residents know at least one foreign language

As finances improve, Greece scraps pension cuts

UNPO Calls for the Immediate Release of Dr. C. K. Raut

Teenage American Indians and their babies: Another addition to the Wall of the Forgotten Natives

Poor health in Aboriginal children after European colonisation revealed in their skeletal remains

Family ‘horrified’ as Aboriginal man faces deportation to NZ

Māori Santa from Nelson parade coming to Wellington

How 10 Orphans From eSwatini Helped Write A Prize-Winning Movie

Guiana Space Centre to get new rocket tower in the jungle

Suriname community uses new open-source app to preserve storytelling traditions

Paris talks raise New Caledonia independence referendum aftermath

Great Escapes: The Technicolor Beauty of French Polynesia

China diplomats seek Tahiti gag for settling account

Georgian Court Upholds First Sexual Harassment Ruling

Tibetan youth sets himself on fire in eastern Tibet to protest China’s rule

Tibetans celebrate 29th year of Nobel peace prize conferment

Palden Gyatso: Tortured Tibetan Buddhist monk spoke out against Chinese occupation

Tibet gets a warmer reception as world wakes to Beijing’s methods

US moves to ban Chinese officials unless Tibet opens

Tibet visa legislation to help restore measure of reciprocity to US’ ties with China: Lawmakers

Moldovan Constitutional Court Suspends President For 5th Time

‘Why now?’ Anger grows over mention of Sikh extremism in Canadian terror threat report

European Jews feel under threat, think of emigrating: EU survey

Language organisations call to remain in EU over “potentially disastrous” effects of Brexit on the Celtic languages

Give the gift of Welsh to children this Christmas is language organisation’s plea

Yes Is More: Charlotte Church, Gruff Rhys, Gwenno and more set to perform at Welsh independence concert

‘Devolve broadcasting’ call as bilingual radio replaced by English-only station in Welsh-speaking area

‘Moribund monkey language’ author slammed for fresh attack on the Welsh language

Almost 60% of Scots think independence better than no-deal Brexit – poll

Niue launches legal action in Sweden over internet domain

Portugal repays IMF bailout loans in full ahead of time

Free Balochistan Movement hold protests to mark ‘International Human Rights Day’

Suspected jihadists on motorcycles kill 42 in Mali’s nomadic Tuareg camps

Natij Benseddiq, an Amazigh journalist in the Netherlands

Basque national team to apply for FIFA and UEFA membership

World’s first zero-emission cement plant takes shape in Norway

Fayitu office of the West Papua National Committee [KNPB] was burned down by the Indonesian military and police

West Papuans’ human rights violated on Human Rights Day

West Papua: explosive conflict in Nduga Regency

Human rights watchdog calls for police probe into ‘unclear’ Papua killings

West Papua Liberation Army refuses to surrender

Indonesia rejects demands for West Papua independence or UN peacekeepers as troops hunt separatists

Normal people who want to be free: West Papuans calling for their legal right to self determination are NOT separatists or terrorists

West Papua liberation movement calls for UN support for independence referendum in 2019

My Turn: Councilwoman correct to question legality ruling in Hawaii

US demands immediate end to violence, talks in Cameroon

Cameroon separatist group creates cryptocurrency to wean off colonial CFA franc

Separatists urge UN Secretary-General to take steps to resolve Kashmir issue

Behind the Fire that Propelled Nicaragua’s Uprising

Nicaraguan police raid NGO offices, seize records

Dayaks to have permanent rep at UN

Greenland’s ice sheet is melting at its fastest rate in centuries

Why we may be able to save the Greenland ice sheet

As climate costs rocket, Vanuatu seeks allies to sue for damages

Fishing pressure and climate change challenge Tokelau’s food security

Palau, the tiny island nation that is standing up for itself

Indigenous groups call for attention to climate-forced migration

Kiribati President calls for completion of Paris Agreement

Anguilla Emerges From Irma; Back Stronger And Even Better

Cocaine Smugglers May Cash in on Guinea-Bissau Politics Feud

Papua New Guinea’s Solicitor General sacked

West MP told not to refer to Barotseland in Parliament

Deputy Speaker in Zambian Parliament forbids Parliamentarians from mentioning Barotseland!

South Africa will use its membership in the UN Security Council to defend the right of the Saharawi people to self-determination

A Saharawi political prisoner begins an open hunger strike

Bolton frustrated Western Sahara conflict has not been resolved

US bars entry of ousted Gambian dictator Jammeh

New US Africa strategy takes aim at China, Russia

DSS arraigns leader of Biafra Zionists Federation in court

Biafra: IPOB Members Protest In Jewish Clothes In Umuahia

Biafra: 51 of our members arrested during Jewish procession yet to be arraigned – IPOB

2018 for Ethiopia’s Oromos: Power, pain, protests [Review]

Bashkortostan Supreme Court Cancels Bashkir Activist’s Fine

Hundreds Rally In Kazan Against Government’s ‘Lawlessness’

Ice Harvest Still A Lifeline In Siberia

24 years ago, Moscow attacked Chechnya, triggering a war that changed everything

Chechnya: Alleged Former Separatist Militant Detained In Russia

LGBTI activists arrested for wearing rainbow police uniforms in Belarus

Lukashenka Says Belarus Will Never Be Part Of Russia

Human rights in Belarus: arrests decrease, fines increase

Spanish court sets Dec 18 for trial against Catalan leaders’ initial hearings

Former Slovenian president says linking Balkan country’s independence with violence shows ‘ignorance’

500 international MPs and ex-MPs support jailed former Catalan parliament speaker

Barricades, traffic jams, stoppages: protests called against Spanish government visit

Spain threatens to send national police to Catalonia after protests

Spanish president ‘has not a single positive idea’ for Catalonia, says Puigdemont

Spanish PM hardens Catalonia stance with eye on election

Jailed Catalan leader transferred to infirmary on day 14 of hunger strike

‘We won’t give up,’ say jailed Catalan leaders in joint letter

Commission to fine Bulgaria over gas market distortions

Togo’s government stands firm on election date

Slovenia appoints first-ever female police chief

France arrests Central Africa Republic war crimes suspect

No easy road out as South Sudan marks half a decade of war

Sierra Leone’s sick suffer untreated as doctors strike

Female Pedestrian Lights

The Estonian tricolour celebrates its 100th year as the national flag

Ligi: Fight for unified Estonian-language education system continues

Baltic farmers protest in Brussels, call for fairer deal

Hugo is here to help you translate Latvian

Assessment of NATO Forces in the Baltic States: Credible Deterrent or Paper Tiger?

Woman’s Screams For Help Ignored By Kyrgyz Traffic Cops

Nikol Pashinyan wins Armenia election by landslide in ‘revolutionary’ vote

Sweden moves to ban outdoor smoking

Raila a strong voice in Somaliland’s bid for independence

Lebanon says police thwarted bombing attacks by IS

Police fire tear gas at Jordanians protesting against tough austerity measures

Archbishop of Burundi leads march against gender-based violence in 16 Days of Activism

Malta Institutions Under Scrutiny After Journalist’s Murder

Hungary’s ‘slave law’ passes, sparking protests in parliament and on the streets

Solomon Islands passes dual citizenship legislation

‘Historic moment’ as abortion bill passes Irish parliament

How Ireland Outmaneuvered Britain on Brexit

Cyprus sees surge in migrants crossing from breakaway north

How Mauritania exports religion to Saudi Arabia—And not just the other way around

Tribunal orders Panama canal construction group to pay back US$848 million

Qatar rift overshadows Gulf Arab summit as emir stays away

Serbia, Montenegro Open More Negotiation Chapters With EU

Serbia warns of armed intervention after Kosovo approves new army

Pope removes two cardinals hit by sex scandals from group of close advisers

Australian court convicts once-powerful Vatican official on sex abuse-related charges

El Mozote, El Salvador, massacre waiting for justice nearly 40 years later

Human Rights Day: It’s time for global sanctions on China to end the Uyghur human rights crisis

Czech and Slovak Scholars, Public Figures Call on China to Close Political Re-education Camps in Xinjiang

Uighur lawyer Nury Turkel says Australia should sanction Chinese officials

Uyghur Scholar Arrested Over Politically Sensitive Book

Award-winning photojournalist ‘officially arrested’ in Xinjiang

Uyghur Journalist Reports on Own Family’s Disappearance, Fights for Release

Prisoners Tortured, Drugged, Killed by Injection in Xinjiang ‘Re-Education Camps,’ Ex-Inmate Reveals

Uighur families pay price for relatives’ U.S.-based reporting

Xinjiang Authorities ‘Preparing’ Re-education Camps Ahead of Expected International Monitors

2018 Review: Eritrea’s year of significant peace with neighbours

Violent riots on the streets of Bolivia

Tunisia’s road beyond revolution has been rocky but it might just weather this political storm

Western Diplomats Concerned Over ‘Periodic Blockage’ Of Websites In Tajikistan

Human Rights Day Shines Unwelcome Spotlight On Tajikistan

Slovakia seals its largest-ever arms deal

Russia Expels Slovak Diplomat In Spy Dispute

Rwanda Says Four Gunmen Killed in Battle With Congo-Based Rebels

Equatorial Guinea Primed for Huge Growth as Host of 2019 ‘Year of Energy’

In Mauritius, sugar cane means money, renewable energy

Through Nord Stream 2 Russia aims to sever Ukraine from Europe

Russia ramps up cyber warfare as it loses economic footing in Ukraine

Huge crowd greets released Crimean Tatar lawyer Emil Kurbedinov

Russia jails disabled Crimean Tatar activist on grotesquely absurd charges

Turkey court sentences ex-Kurdish MPs Baydemir, Birlik to 18 months

Top Turkish neurologist sentenced to 27 months for urging Kurdish peace

New wave of Turkish crackdown hits Kurdish party as police arrests 50

The Turkish state and Kurds — incompatible since 1923

US installs outposts overlooking Turkish border in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria

Erdogan says Turkey will start new military operation against US-backed Kurdish fighters in Syria within days

Christian leader says Turkish threats to invade Syria danger to Christians as well

US firmly warns Turkey against attack on Syrian Kurdistan

Can the US prevent a Turkish attack on Rojava?

US Demands Answers from Cuba on Imprisoned Dissidents

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How to Write a Letter to Santa Claus

1917 December 6: Finland Independence Day

1961 December 9: Tanzania Independence Day

1963 December 12: Jamhuri, Kenya Republic Day

1974 December 13: Malta Republic Day

1971 December 16: Bahrain National Day

1991 December 16: Kazakhstan Independence Day

1878 December 18: Qatar National Day

1961 December 19: Operation Trikora, New Guinea

China ‘Is the Only One in the Race’ to Make Electric Buses, Taxis and Trucks

Speech! Speech! Georgia’s Zurabishvili Puts The Accent On Victory

Over 105,000 Russians resettled to Russian-occupied Crimea

Prominent Crimean Lawyer Jailed For Five Days Over 2013 Social-Media Post

Crimean Solidarity rights activist added to Russia’s List of ‘terrorists & extremists’ for a Facebook repost

Fears mount: Putin’s Russia poised to seize more of Ukraine?

Russian threat highest since 2014: Ukraine military chief

U.S. Conducts ‘Extraordinary’ Observation Flight Over Ukraine

Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer Suggests Blockading Russian Ships From All EU And US Ports

How Trump and G-20 could stand up to Putin the bully

U.S. could disconnect Russia from SWIFT over aggression against Ukraine

US sends warship into Ukraine’s Black Sea crisis

Black Sea standoff reflects Russia’s disregard for global rules, top U.S. military officer says

At 2008 NATO-Russia Council, Putin called Ukraine “artificial formation” and “mistake in history” – Linkevicius

Russian opposition gathers in Vilnius, supports Ukraine

The Russian Federation will disintegrate but not ‘just like the Soviet Union did’

U.S. Gives Russia 60 Days To Comply With Nuclear Arms Pact

In Gesture To India, Pakistan To Open Cross-Border Pathway To Sikh Holy Site

Sikh shrines in India and Pakistan – why construction of visa-free Kartarpur corridor is so historic

Khalistan is Final Solution to Punjab Issues

Kashmir’s youngest pellet gun victim could lose complete sight

Balochistan: Pakistani forces have abducted nearly a dozen people in one week

Balochistan: Pakistani forces abduct a 70-year-old man from Kech

NATO Gives Bosnia Green Light To Move Toward Membership

Role of Social Networks in Shaping the Identity of Economic Boycott Movements in Morocco

Scottish parties unite to oppose May’s deal and no-deal options on Brexit

2018: The year of the surge for independence

Poll finds 53% think indy is better for Scotland than Brexit

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa honors Hawaiian Independence Day

Jail term upheld for killer of top official in New Caledonia

France retains control of Australia’s near neighbour following New Caledonia’s recent referendum

Mourning the loss of George H.W. Bush, first President to meet the Dalai Lama

China’s exploitation of Tibet’s natural resources

Tibetan Youth Wins 2 Year Fellowship to Become US Diplomat

Tibetan youth immolates in Ngaba

‘Tweet for Freedom’ campaign initiated for Barotseland!

MASSOB to FG: Stop killing of Biafra agitators

Western Sahara: a ‘peaceful solution’ to conflict is possible, says UN envoy

Sahrawi people reject all solution outside self-determination right

Xinjiang Authorities Holding Hundreds From Kyrgyz Village in ‘Political’ Re-education Camps

Central Asians Organize to Draw Attention to Xinjiang Camps

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Chinese internment camps are ‘torture centers worse than death,’ say survivors

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UN wants access to China’s Xinjiang ‘re-education camps’

China ‘rejects German human rights delegation’s request’ to visit Xinjiang

Chinese Arabic school to close as areas with Muslim populations are urged to study the Xinjiang way

Hong Kong’s anti-terrorism task force goes to Xinjiang to study local methods, as China rejects international calls to investigate mass internment centres

Hong Kong Bans Another Election Candidate Over ‘Implied Support’ For Independence

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Hong Kong fears Trump will end city’s special trading status

China’s Intensifying Crackdown on Uighurs Extends Overseas

New Zealand China Scholar ‘Targeted’ by Beijing

One man’s fight to get US Congress to care about China’s Uyghurs

Google is currently developing a censored search engine for China

Microsoft sounds an alarm over facial recognition technology

Beijing may be ‘testing Tokyo’s resolve’ with drilling missions in contested parts of East China Sea

US warship challenges Russia claims in Sea of Japan

Hungarians protest against ‘slave law’ overtime rules

Hungary and Poland: EU capitals of homophobia

US renews ‘permanent diplomatic presence’ in Somalia

EU and UNICEF Launch Urban Water Project in Somaliland

Guinea-Bissau Women Team Up to Boost Business Know-How, Sales

How Welsh prisoners feel afraid to speak their own language inside

Former Bangor students’ Welsh language song is first to hit one million plays on Spotify

47 things every Welsh person has done at least once

Welsh Assembly votes to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal

Catalan prisoners on hunger strike to protest ‘blockade of justice’

Catalonia used as electoral weapon in Andalusian election

Vox’s right-wing surge in Andalusia rings alarm bells in Catalonia

777 years in prison for Catalan leaders and suppression of self-rule: rise of far-right and what it means

40 MEPs support jailed leaders on hunger strike with manifesto

Belgian minister supports Catalan leaders on hunger strike – Spain to object

MEPs call for release of Catalan political prisoners on hunger strike

In Catalonia, it’s a not-so-happy anniversary for the Spanish constitution

‘Spanish constitution cage for our hopes and people,’ says Catalan president in Ljubljana

Exiled pro-independence activist interrupts speech by Spain’s foreign minister in Brussels

EU should allow Catalonia to be free

Police clash with pro-independence protesters during pro-Spanish unity rallies in Cataluña

Probe ordered after Catalan police charge at protesters

Council for the Republic working towards Catalan independence presented in Brussels

Barcelona chosen to head European sustainable mobility project

Catalan president begins 48-hour fast in solidarity with jailed officials and their hunger strike

Barça trounce Espanyol 4-0 in Catalan derby

Espanyol 0 Barcelona 4: Magical Messi dazzles in derby demolition

Pro-independence activists gear up for Spanish government visit

Self-determination Conference in The Hague Discussed the Political Possibilities of Catalan Independence

New Poll shows rising number of Basque Country residents want to remain in Spain

Burundi: Inside the secret killing house

Burundi Orders Closure of UN Human Rights Office

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Gambians embrace new freedoms with environment activism

Armenia’s Elections Test Its Democratic Credentials

Still Recovering: Armenia’s Catastrophic Earthquake, 30 Years Later

Hero In Ukraine, Hated In Belarus

Belarus officially labels 500,000 people ‘parasites’

Depardieu Gets New Residence In Siberia After Tax Scandal In Mordovia

St. Petersburg Plaques Commemorating Soviet Purge Victims Ruled ‘Illegal’

Russia’s Constitutional Court overrules Ingush high court and upholds controversial borderland deal with Chechnya

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Boy, 11, vows to cut off his enemies’ heads in chilling ISIS video before he and his brother, 17, are shot dead by police after ramming a car into cops in Chechnya

Chechnya Earmarks $750,000 to Service Leader’s ‘Palace’

Moscow official appointed as new Makhachkala mayor

Inmates In Russia’s Far East Launch Hunger Strike To Protest Prison Conditions

The Russian Federation will disintegrate but not ‘just like the Soviet Union did’

US sees Macedonia in NATO in mid-2020 after name change deal

Amid crisis, Nicaragua’s cardinal becomes a reluctant national leader

China Reneges on Its Deals. The Vatican Is Learning That the Hard Way.

Veteran Rights Defender Languishes in Kyrgyzstan Jail

Rwandan court acquits prominent opposition leader of forgery, incitement

Pope to visit United Arab Emirates in February

Tahiti opposition to circulate petition over nuke legacy

PM suggests Serbia could intervene if Kosovo sets up full army

Soccer player who fled Bahrain may be extradited after arrest in Thailand

Guatemalan father of slain North Carolina teen denied visa to attend her funeral

Bolivia’s Almost Impossible Lithium Dream

New scrutiny over Bolivian child labor after U.S. pledges aid cuts

Bolivia court allows President Morales to run for fourth term

European Union to open its third Gulf delegation in Kuwait amid mutual interests over Iraq, Qatar

Luxembourg to become first country to make all public transport free

Too Wild To Drill: journey to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in virtual reality

30 years broadcasting te reo Māori

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Indigenous comics push back against hackneyed stereotypes

Native Americans On Tribal Land Are ‘The Least Connected’ To High-Speed Internet

Amanda Swimmer, Potter and Keeper of Cherokee Traditions, Dies at 97

Adivasis march for an end to violence

The Kalash who Pakistani Taliban vowed to eliminate, along with their protectors, the Western agents, if they do not embrace Islam

Yezidi Nadia Murad bestowed Nobel Prize after raising genocide awareness

Over 90,000 Ezidis left Iraq, Kurdistan since 2014 Islamic State attack

Sámi-themed short film makes Sundance lineup

Finland’s flagship library Oodi opens to the public in Helsinki

Armagh representatives lobby Westminster parties on Irish Language Act

Sierra Leone disqualified from African Nations Cup

Latvian KGB files to be published online within next three weeks

All aboard: Tickets go on sale for Finland-Estonia train tunnel, yet to be built

Black Hat Europe: You Can be Lucky if You’re the First to Be Attacked

Why is the EU paying its richest farmers more at the expense of those who most need support?

Lithuania imposes national sanctions on Russian Federation over aggression in Ukraine

If Brunei Takes China’s Energy Deal, Neighbors May Follow

Togo opposition accuses govt of ‘brutal’ crackdown after two killed in protests

Cameroon separatist leader goes on trial for ‘terrorism’

Russia warns Cyprus against allowing U.S. military to deploy there

Slovakia has expelled Russian diplomat for espionage

‘Peace Is Everything’: Ethiopia And Eritrea Embrace Open Border After Long Conflict

Czech Republic blames Russia for multiple government network hacks

Turkey court upholds conviction of prominent jailed Kurdish leader

Deposed Kurdish mayor to run again in upcoming Turkish local elections

EU Parliament refuses entry of veteran Kurdish politician

Iran arrests Kurdish Imam for criticizing border guards killing couriers

Iranian Kurds bury actor, filmmaker brothers killed in arson car fire

Syrian Kurds call on Germany to abolish YPG flag ban

Senior Syrian Kurdish official calls on US to implement no-fly zone to protect Kurds from Turkey

Is a peace deal between Turkey and the Syrian Kurds possible?

YPG spokesperson says Turkey wants to destabilize Syria’s northeast

Belgian PM set for minority after biggest ally quits coalition

A Decade Later, Iceland Sets Sights on Final Post-Crisis Exit

Christmas Book Flood: Iceland’s Literature-Loving Holiday Tradition 2018

Iceland celebrates 100 years of sovereignty

Qatar is pulling out of OPEC to focus on gas