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History: How African Muslims “Civilized Spain”

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  Today marks the anniversary of the end of nearly 700 years of African Muslim rule over Spain, Portugal and Southern France. Garikai Chengu Global Research Four hundred and eight years ago today King Phillip III of Spain signed an order, which was one of the earliest examples of ethnic cleansing. At the height… History: How African… Read More »

Russia sends warship to battlegroup off Syrian coast

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Naval move will overshadow US secretary of state Rex Tillerson’s visit to… Alec Luhn Moscow The Observer The Guardian A warship armed with cruise missiles has joined the Russian battlegroup off the coast of Syria as part of Moscow’s response to US cruise missile strikes on the Syrian airbase of… Russia’s angry declarations, a world away from hopes of a rapprochement voiced in Washington and… Russia sends warship… Read More »

Sweden truck attack tests ideas of inclusion and openness

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London: Stockholm has joined an awful, growing list Nice, Berlin, London. Nick Miller WAtoday The details change but the weapon, the screams, the terror are the… As always, it is important to remember there are limits to what we know, and that most are assuming much… At the time of writing it is strongly likely, though not certain, this was a,,, Sweden truck attack… Read More »

Eta disarms: French police secure weapons near Bayonne

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Police in France have begun to make safe eight caches of weapons handed over by Basque separatist group… BBC At a ceremony in Bayonne on Saturday, Eta passed details of the sites to the authorities in a move signalling the end of the last insurgency in… Eta killed more than 800 people in some 40 years of violence as it sought to carve out an independent country straddling Spain and… Eta disarms: French… Read More »

End the discrimination against English, pleads law student

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An English student seeking to settle in Scotland as a lawyer says she is suffering “discrimination” at the… Scott MacNab The Scotsman Rebecca Jeynes (inset) is now calling on MSPs in a Holyrood petition to back her call for a change in approach in… The 21-year-old is set to graduate in Scots law at… End the discrimination… Read More »

State’s brand of neutrality has become obsolete

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World View: Irish ‘neutrality’ is intensely ideological, a luxury and a bit of a… Patrick Smyth The Irish Times When EU leaders met in Rome last month to mark the union’s 60th birthday and respond to Brexit with an optimistic declaration on its… The “taking into account” is diplomatic code for “none of the above refers to, or imposes any obligations on… Since the Nice Treaty in… State’s brand of… Read More »

A healthy environment means healthy citizens and a more vibrant EU

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Europeans have some of the highest rates of anxiety, depression and other non-infectious diseases in the world. Today, on World Health Day, nature is an overlooked remedy, argues Magda Stoczkiewicz. Magda Stoczkiewicz Euractiv Every year, a quarter of Europeans suffer from depression or anxiety – accounting for half of all chronic sick leave. These, alongside other… A healthy environment… Read More »

The obscure religion that shaped the West

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It has influenced Star Wars and Game of Thrones – and characters as diverse as Voltaire, Nietzsche and… Joobin Bekhrad BBC So what is Zoroastrianism? Joobin Bekhrad finds out. Talk of ‘us’ and ‘them’ has long dominated Iran-related politics in the… At the same time, Christianity has frequently been used to define the identity and values of the US and Europe, as well as to contrast those values with those of a… Yet, a brief glance at an… The obscure ... Read More »

Rejoining EU could be ‘speedy’ for independent Scotland

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An independent Scotland could enjoy a “relatively speedy” process to join the European Union, a senior MEP has… Katrine Bussey The Scotsman German politician Elmar Brok said there would not be many obstacles to Scotland becoming an EU member because the country already meets the criteria for… His comments come just days after Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso… Rejoining EU could… Read More »

Why you shouldn’t take the kids out of school to go on holidays

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Irish schools unlikely to object too forcefully over kids missing week or… Mark Hilliard The Irish Times Bringing your children to a supermarket to add up prices, examine ingredients and understand the value of money has educational merit but you are unlikely to let them miss… Some parents argue that going on holiday during term time can be… Why you shouldn’t… Read More »

Germany investigating 20 Turks on suspicion of spying: Die Welt

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German authorities are investigating 20 Turkish citizens on suspicion of conducting espionage in Germany, a… Berlin, Reuters Hurriyet Die Welt said it received the information in an official government response to a question about the issue filed by Sevim Dağdelen, a German lawmaker with the… Tensions are running high between the two NATO allies ahead of the April 16… Germany investigating 20… Read More »

Britons expected to send 235m items of clothing to landfill this spring

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Study finds three-quarters of consumers throw away rather than recycle or donate unwanted… Rebecca Smithers Consumer affairs correspondent The Guardian A predicted 235m items of Britons’ unwanted clothing are expected to end up in landfill unnecessarily this spring, according to new… Three-quarters of consumers admit to binning their discarded garments, usually because they do not realise that worn-out or… Britons expected to… Read More »

For Serbia’s Vučić, road to EU runs through Balkans

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Newly-elected president tells POLITICO how he intends to balance relations with the West and… BY MATTHEW KARNITSCHNIG  Politico BELGRADE — Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić vowed to deepen trade ties within the western Balkans after he takes over as president in June, saying closer economic relations were the… Vučić, in his first interview since winning the presidency on… For Serbia’s Vučić… Read More »

NATO calls on Russia to stop violence in Ukraine

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NATO chief says Russia must end the violence as both sides move heavy artillery close to front… Al Jazeera NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on Russia to use its “considerable influence” to end fighting in eastern Ukraine after a renewed surge in violence… Moscow-backed rebels and government forces have traded blame for the… NATO calls on… Read More »

UN calls on major actors in Syria to work for truce

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The United Nations urged the United States, Russia, Turkey and Iran on April 6 to help establish a 72-hour cease-fire in Syria in order to deliver humanitarian aid, two days after a… Geneva Hurriyet “We [told] Russia, Turkey, Iran and the U.S. that we need green lights for the… Noting that only one-third of this request had been approved by the… UN calls on… Read More »

Chinese university to open in Oxford despite ideological crackdown at home

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Peking University buys stately home for nearly £9m and says it will house a campus designed for students from both Europe and… Tom Phillips in Beijing The Guardian One of China’s top universities is preparing to open a campus at the heart of British academic life, just months after President Xi Jinping called for Chinese universities to… Peking University, an… Chinese university to… Read More »