Bougainville May Succeed

1960 January 1: Cameroon Independence Day
1993 January 1: Velvet Divorce of Czechia 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
1918 January 8: Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Points on free trade, democracy and self-determination
1991 January 13: Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania
1999 January 15: Račak massacre, Kosovo
1990 January 19: Azerbaijan: Black January
1991 January 20: The Barricades in Latvia
3d Monday of January: Martin Luther King Day

Morocco to extend maritime borders over Western Sahara territorial water
Sahrawi political prisoners subjected to deportation, mistreatment
Somaliland: Government Sets Up Anti-FGM Committee
60 or so secessionist movements around the world want independence in 2020. Bougainville might succeed.
Palm oil, fire pushing protected areas in Honduras to the ‘point of no return’
Land Diving in Vanuatu: Would You Take the Leap of Faith?
Australia intervenes in East Timor drama
China’s Jinghong Dam Runs ‘Tests’ Dropping Water Levels in Downstream Laos
Guyana and Suriname sign tourism accord
Dominica, Galway, Jamaica: 20 places to visit in 2020
Colorado soldiers say goodbye to families ahead of Kosovo deployment
Currents of change in the Pacific dwarfed by rising tides
Trinidad and Tobago continues to face HIV stigma and lack of sex education
Floating Wind Farm Starts Generating Power Off Portugal’s Coast
Hundreds of dead fish wash up in French Polynesia
Golden Globes 2020: Don’t Blame ‘Fiji Water Girl’ For Our New Water Sponsor
Even unionists are beginning to think again about Scottish independence
SNP accuses BBC of ‘systematically’ ignoring Scotland in election
Saturday’s All Under One Banner Scottish independence march may be biggest Scots protest ever
Solomon Islands: A Pacific Linchpin Is Pulled
BNFA joins Linyungandambo, BNYL in rejecting proposed dialogue on ‘restoring’ the defunct Barotseland Agreement 1964
Open your eyes to the future of Māori architecture
How Russia is slowly encircling Europe
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s Wig: What is a Papakha & Why does he Wear it?
It’s been 20 years since Putin rose to power in Russia
Eyewitnesses reported that the Khanty-Mansi OMON beat guests of the corporate party
Topless Vladimir Putin rides DOLPHINS in bizarre unseen footage to celebrate 20 years in power
Muscovites Show Solidarity Only With Highest Profile Political Prisoners
Why Is Russia in Syria?
Israel pledges $58 million for Druze, Circassian communities
Austrian Girl Gets Unexpected Gift After Christmas Balloon Lands in Karachay-Cherkess Village
Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Deadly Attack In Ingushetia
Along the Trenches — a thought-provoking travelogue on eastern Europe
Police Search Home Of Activist In Tatarstan After Internet Show Mocking Putin et al
Chechnya lures tourists with army package trips
The Battle Of Grozny And The First Chechen War
Journey Into Hell: A Reporter Remembers Moscow’s Assault On Grozny In 1995
Putin’s Big Lie
Russia is once again rewriting history
Russia’s regions are in revolt
Putin still peddles Stalin’s version of history
Palau National Marine Sanctuary Goes Into Effect
Anti-influx forum calls for indigenous people protection
New Ainu museum to open in Hokkaido on April 24
Tea tribe students press for ST status
A town torn apart: Mexico’s indigenous communities fight for autonomy
Native Voices Convene for Food Tank Summit on Indigenous Foods
Indigenous Runners Rosalie Fish And Jordan Marie Daniel Run For Their People
International Open Call for Native American and Indigenous actors
Inuit singer Kelly Fraser committed suicide after PTSD battle
Why Native Americans in Seattle Disproportionately Live on the Streets
“Ancestors Are Saying Something”: Aboriginal Flag Appears In Skies Above Burning Australia
The Navajo, circled by coal, see jobs vanish as CO2 falls
Azerbaijan To Allow Fifth Freedom Flights
Russia Ratifies Agreement With Tajikistan on Labor Migrants
Burundi prosecutor seeks 15-year prison term for Iwacu journalists
The Lesson of an Albanian Earthquake: The Balkans Aren’t Ready for the Big One
Factbox: Russia’s oil and gas disputes with Belarus
Lukashenko: NATO will not allow Russia to violate Belarus’s sovereignty
Russia’s close ally Belarus explores working closer with NATO
Russia Resumes Oil Supplies to Belarus Amid Talks on Strengthening Economic Ties
Antigua and Barbuda Sets a New Tourism Record
Cameroon: Biya pledges to crush separatist activities in Anglophone regions
Belize appeals court upholds decision overturning law criminalizing gay sex
Bhutan: Development threatens takin habitats
Ethnic Oromo parties to form coalition ahead of general election
Ortuzar: “The Basque team in a World Cup or Eurocup? It would be our maximum aspiration”
Arizona’s Basque connection
Brunei-China Year of Tourism 2020 on the anvil
West Papua’s struggle for liberation
Montenegro and Serbia feud over flag-burning protest
Moldovan Whistle-Blower Feared Abducted By Transdniester Separatists
More than 100 Uyghur graveyards demolished by Chinese authorities
Police Collect Children’s Blood Without Parents’ Consent
Canada can rally world’s democracies to end China’s hostage diplomacy
The Netherlands’ New Year greeting did not go down well in China
Boy with Tricolour found dead in Bihar
Austria swears in first female-majority Cabinet
While Hong Kong protests for more independence, China smiles on Macau
Chinese tourists busted for mooning Taiwan independence supporter
Taiwan leader rejects China’s offer to unify under Hong Kong model
Key facts on Taiwan-China relations ahead of Taiwan elections
11 astounding facts about Liechtenstein, the tiny European country that’s 8 times smaller than Los Angeles and has the 2nd-highest per capita GDP in the world
Top Stories from the Vatican in 2019 (and what’s next in 2020)
Pak allows pro-Khalistan Gopal Chawla to mingle with Indian pilgrims at Kartarpur Sahib
India and Pakistan are both unsafe for Sikhs, says Akal Takht Jathedar
NZ’s Pacific community recognised in New Year’s honours
Oman 2020 budget increases spending to $34.4 bln, sees deficit at 8% of GDP
How 2019 changed the Kashmir dispute forever
What’s the link between palm oil and the Kashmir dispute?
Alcohol, gambling and cash increase risk of sexual abuse of Greenland’s children
Denmark sources record 47% of power from wind in 2019
Faroe Islands saw double-digit tourism growth in 2019
Syria Kurds Urge Moscow to Return Damascus to Constitutional Committee
Will Kurds find a ray of hope in 2020?
Don’t turn Iraq into a battleground: KRG president appeals to foreign powers
Iran and US tensions put Kurdistan region in difficult position
Kurdish parties extend condolences to Iran on death of Soleimani
Trial begins for imprisoned Kurdish leader Selahattin Demirtas
Fear, uncertainty persists in legendary city of Kobani that resisted ISIS
This Stock Exchange Only Trades on Mondays
Malta Journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia tops ‘10 Most Urgent’ list of press freedom cases
Local solutions increase agricultural resilience in Federated States of Micronesia
Last chance for justice for Holocaust victims from Monaco
Turkey Seeks Extradition of 2 Gulen School Employees From Kyrgyzstan
Chad Troops Leave Nigeria With Boko Haram Mission Over
Czech mosque vandalised with death threats
Co-creator defends suspected United Arab Emirates spying app called ToTok
Greece, Israel, Cyprus Sign Deal for EastMed Gas Pipeline
Grenada introduces mandatory prayer hour in new school term
Archbishop accuses Togo government of ‘specializing in fraud’ ahead of vote
Evo Morales Coddled Bolivia’s Coca Growers, but Now He’s Gone
Russia begins TurkStream gas flows to Greece, North Macedonia
North Macedonia Prime Minister Resigns over EU Tensions
Croatia Will Work To Restart EU Talks With North Macedonia, Albania
Netanyahu, in apparent stumble, calls Israel ‘nuclear power’
UN envoy commends successful conclusion of Guinea-Bissau presidential election
Haiti Marks Independence Anniversary Day Amid Deepening Crisis
BOE Looks to Jamaica Central Bank Reggae for Communication Ideas
How Much Is The Russian Military Helping Turkmenistan?
State-run Kuwait News Agency deletes sympathetic report about Qassem Soleimani
Libya conflict: Turkey sends troops to shore up UN-backed government
Libya: Haftar’s forces capture strategic Sirte
Ending Hezbollah’s Stranglehold Over Lebanon
Prominent South Sudan economist, 30 others pardoned by President Kiir
For endangered languages to survive, people have to converse in them
10 common English words you may not know came from Welsh
What Are Language Isolates, And Does India Have Any?
Ukrainian, Crimean-Tatar Language Learning Being Squeezed In Crimea
Speaking the national language at home is less common in some European countries
Pokagon band aiming to revive the Potawatomi language
Alaska Native language workshop aims to boost 2020 census participation
Cornell University offers inaugural class on Cayuga Nation’s language and culture
Failings of bilingual education policy in Tibet
Rojava’s Revolution Begins in the Classroom
Indigenous song keepers reveal traditional ecological knowledge in music
Duolingo sparks Gaelic boom as young Scots shrug off ‘cringe’ factor
Irish language battle resurfaces as power-sharing talks resume in Northern Ireland
How the Irish language is being kept alive in New York
Rwanda Makes Own Morphine to Serve Poor Patients
Central African Republic: UN steps in for peace efforts
Qatar’s World Cup is coming together. It just might not be fun
U.S. Men’s Soccer Team Cancels Plan to Train in Qatar Amid Mideast Tensions
Latvia, Estonia, Finland launch joint gas market
Baltic region’s main security challenges associated with strengthening of Russia’s military capabilities
Lithuania reports positive migration for first year in three decades
Few tears in Estonia as Sputnik closes Tallinn bureau
Estonia starts its membership of the UN Security Council
ECHR accepts Lithuania’s right to expel Russian propagandists as threat to national security
Lithuania supplies Finland with gas, helping end Russian monopoly
Catalonia 2019: A year in pictures
Radio hams sign petition to add Catalonia to DXCC
The Future of Protest? Catalans Outwit Spanish Authorities With Phone App
1,500 people call for independence referendum for the Balearics
Brussels court suspends extradition of ex-Catalan leader Puigdemont
The Catalan derby: A history of controversial moments
Catalan France
Electoral board ousts Catalan president Torra over yellow ribbon row
Electoral board vetoes jailed leader Junqueras from taking up MEP seat despite EU court ruling
Catalan parliament ratifies Torra as president despite electoral board calls to oust him
European Parliament recognizes Junqueras, Puigdemont and Comín as MEPs
Pedro Sánchez confirmed in congress as Spain’s president
Singapore Posts Slowest Annual Growth of the Decade
Tibetan Buddhist Centers Linked to Larung Gar Shut Down Under Suspected Chinese Pressure
More than 30 Tibetans imprisoned after protests in Sershul
Tesla Delivers First Model 3 Electric Cars Made in Chinese Gigafactory
Google pursued profits over free speech in China
Ricky Gervais slams Apple over Chinese factories
Four decades of growth, but Equatorial Guinea’s people still mired in poverty
Why United Ireland vote must be the focus in 2020
Panama Canal marks 20 years of US handover amid water crisis
E-car sales in Norway reach new record high
China eyes increased ties with Kiribati, site of space tracking station
Coming up in 2020 in Luxembourg