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Brasilia closes LatAm’s largest rubbish dump

Brasilia closes LatAm’s largest rubbish dump

One thing the designers of Brazil’s modernistic capital Brasilia forgot to map out in their intricate plans was where to put the rubbish.

Tens of thousands gather for anti-graft rally in Bucharest

Tens of thousands gather for anti-graft rally in Bucharest

An estimated 30,000 people gathered yesterday evening in Bucharest to demonstrate against Romania’s leftist-liberal government and its controversial justice reform.

Valletta is officially Europe’s Capital of Culture

Valletta is officially Europe’s Capital of Culture

Tiny Malta is once again prepared to punch above its weight, Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said yesterday, as Valletta was officially inaugurated as the European Capital of Culture.

Germany’s SPD leaders upbeat on coalition talks

Germany’s SPD leaders upbeat on coalition talks

Senior members of Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD) said yesterday that they are confident that the party would approve the start of formal coalition talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives at a special congress today.

Macedonians stuck between patriotism and pragmatism over nation’s name

Macedonians stuck between patriotism and pragmatism over nation’s name

When Macedonia declared independence in 1991, the new country chose a name that evoked the past glories of its most famous claimed son, Alexander the Great.

Paul Bocuse, the ‘Pope’ of French cuisine, dies at 91

Paul Bocuse, the ‘Pope’ of French cuisine, dies at 91

Paul Bocuse, one of the greatest French chefs of all time, died yesterday aged 91 after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Immunity won’t protect ex-Catalan leader: Spain

Immunity won’t protect ex-Catalan leader: Spain

Catalonia’s ex-leader Carles Puigdemont, currently exiled in Brussels after a failed independence bid, faces arrest if he returns home despite having parliamentary immunity, Spanish prosecutors said yesterday.

People with mental illnesses refused access to insurance cover

People with mental illnesses refused access to insurance cover

Insurers have been accused of depriving access to life insurance and other kinds of cover to people with depression and anxiety, even for physical conditions unrelated to their mental health.

U-turn over disability benefits payments

U-turn over disability benefits payments

Up to 160,000 people are in line for increased disability benefits after ministers gave in to a high court ruling that said government policy had been “blatantly discriminatory” against people with mental health conditions.

Voters ‘should be able to change minds’ on Brexit

Voters ‘should be able to change minds’ on Brexit

Speaker in the House of Commons John Bercow has warned that democracy is under threat and said those on the wrong side of a referendum result do not have to accept their case has been lost forever, ...

Hundreds of police block anti-junta march

Hundreds of police block anti-junta march

Hundreds of police in Thailand yesterday blocked protesters planning to march from Bangkok to Khon Kaen in the northeast of the country in a rare display of public discontent in the junta-ruled country.

Thai police arrest ‘kingpin’ in Asian wildlife trafficking

Thai police arrest ‘kingpin’ in Asian wildlife trafficking

Thai police have arrested an alleged kingpin in Asia’s illegal trade in endangered species, dealing a blow to a family-run syndicate that smuggles elephant ivory, rhino horn and tiger parts to Chinese and Vietnamese dealers.

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