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Sarah Papenheim: US student stabbed to death in Rotterdam

Sarah Papenheim: US student stabbed to death in Rotterdam

Image copyright Sarah Papenheim Facebook page Image caption Tributes have been posted to Ms Papenheim’s Facebook page A young woman from the US who moved to the Netherlands to study after a family tragedy has been stabbed to death in her student complex in Rotterdam. Sarah Papenheim, 21, was found dying in her lodgings in […]

Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka's disputed PM resigns amid crisis

Rajapaksa: Sri Lanka's disputed PM resigns amid crisis

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mahinda Rajapaksa attended a religious ceremony after resigning on Saturday Mahinda Rajapaksa has resigned as Sri Lanka’s prime minister, seven weeks after he was appointed in a surprise move that sparked a political crisis. Mr Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka’s former president, signed his resignation letter in a ceremony at his house. […]

UN climate talks extended due to sticking points in Poland

UN climate talks extended due to sticking points in Poland

Image copyright Getty Images Climate talks in Poland have continued through the night as negotiators try to agree the next steps forward for the Paris climate agreement. Thousands of delegates worked well past the official deadline for reaching a deal but key sticking points remain. Rows continue over the issue of paying poorer countries for […]

Nigerian military lifts Unicef ban after 'spy' row

Nigerian military lifts Unicef ban after 'spy' row

Image copyright AFP/Getty Images Image caption The Nigerian military has been battling Islamists in the country’s north-east Nigeria’s military has revoked its earlier decision to suspend activities of the UN children’s agency Unicef in the north-east of the country. The military said this came after “extensive deliberations” during emergency talks with Unicef officials. Earlier on […]

Court rules Obamacare is unconstitutional

Court rules Obamacare is unconstitutional

Image copyright AFP A federal judge in the US state of Texas has ruled that a key part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), better known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional. A coalition of 20 states argued the entire law had been invalidated by a change in tax rules last year which eliminated a penalty for […]

Ukraine Orthodox priests to establish independent church

Ukraine Orthodox priests to establish independent church

Image copyright EPA Image caption Many Ukrainians welcomed Constantinople’s ruling earlier this year, holding a prayer in Kiev Ukrainian Orthodox priests are due to hold a historic council in Kiev to create a new national church – a move condemned as schism by Russian clergy. This comes after the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, the spiritual […]

How Putin's Russia turned humour into a weapon

How Putin's Russia turned humour into a weapon

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption When Vladimir Putin became president, he did not see the funny side of a TV satire show In the dying days of the Soviet Union, Russians used humour to escape the bleak reality of economic stagnation, food shortages and long queues. Political satire flourished on TV in the form […]

Yemen war: Can ceasefire deal finally bring peace?

Yemen war: Can ceasefire deal finally bring peace?

Image copyright EPA Image caption The war has pushed millions to the brink of starvation A ”forgotten war” is now in the eyes of the world. Beyond all expectations, a week of talks, brokered by the UN at a postcard-perfect Swedish castle, took Yemen a step closer to its elusive peace. ”Our collective achievements this […]

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Australia recognises West Jerusalem as Israeli capital

Image copyright Reuters Image caption The status of Jerusalem has long been a highly contested issue Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed that his government will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. However, he said Australia’s embassy would not move from Tel Aviv, until a peace settlement was achieved. He added Australia […]

DR Congo elections: Why do voters mistrust electronic voting?

DR Congo elections: Why do voters mistrust electronic voting?

Image copyright Getty/JOHN WESSELS Image caption A fire broke out at one of the main electoral commission warehouses in Kinshasa. The Democratic Republic of Congo is heading to the polls on 23 December to elect a new president for the first time since 2001. Current President Joseph Kabila is stepping down and, as polling day […]

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