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Three of the most active banks in financing oil exports from Ecuadorian amazon- an environmentally destructive industry with a long track record of trampling on indigenous people’s rights- have agreed to cease important parts of their financial supports after pressure from NGOs and a devastating oil spill in 2020.

Economic upheavals in modern global history have often been succeeded by promising periods of reinvention and revival.

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22 Nov: Lybia – The Sand Throne

The situation in Libya is at the centre of the world politics in the last few years, when the civil war started. Despite financial aid, international actions and political solutions, Libya remains strongly unstable.

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15 Oct: U.S. Foreign Policy – where does America stand today?

Until now, the U.S. foreign policy has been characterized by tension. But given the anxiety about President Donald Trump and what his administration might do – pull out of NATO, start a war with Iran or North Korea – it was something to be grateful for.

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09 Oct: Vladimir Putin – the modern Tsar of Russia

Vladimir Putin – the modern Tsar of Russia– is serving as President of Russia since 2012, previously holding the position from 2000 until 2008. In between his presidential terms, he was also the Prime Minister of Russia under his close associate Dmitry Medvedev (Putin was barred from a third consecutive term by the Constitution). However, Vladimir Putin gained 76% of the March 2018 presidential vote and was re-elected for a six-year term that will end in 2024.

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Tunisia extends curfew as COVID-19 cases spike

Tunisia is extending its virus curfew and banning demonstrations as the country is trying to stem a rapid rise in infections and calm tensions after a week of protests and rioting over economic troubles. New clashes between protesters and police broke out Saturday hours after the new virus restrictions were announced.

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Nicaragua: The Land of Lakes and Volcanoes

Nicaragua is still one of Latin America’s least developed countries, where access to basic services is a daily challenge. The COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic plus the violence that has prevailed in the last years, job losses, a fall in consumer and business confidence, and a decline in labour-intensive sectors

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It seems that Qatar is also in negotiations to normalise its relations with Israel, following the recent normalisation of ties between the Jewish state, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain (August 2020).

February 22, 2021
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When the whole world was celebrating the day of love, Valentine’s Day on 14th of February 2019, the brave soldiers of India were attacked by terrorists in Jammu, leaving the country in shock. This attack killed 40 CRPF soldiers. February 14th is thus also considered a black day in Indian history.

February 19, 2021
National Security Guard soldiers inspect the site of a blast near the Israeli Embassy in New Delhi, India, Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021. A “very low intensity” device exploded Friday near the Israeli Embassy in the Indian capital, but there were no injuries and little damage, police said. (AP Photo/Dinesh Joshi)

The low-intensity bomb that went off near the Israel embassy on Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Road in New Delhi on Friday evening, may have been put together by an amateur, possibly guided by a cyber handler abroad, counter-terror officials said.

February 5, 2021
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For the first time since India first celebrated Republic Day on January 26, 1950, there will be two parades in India’s capital Delhi next week.

January 27, 2021
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After the 10-month dark tunnel that upended millions of lives in 2020, a shed of light has given hope to people in 2021. India is all set to kick off what is touted to be the world’s largest vaccination drive against Covid-19 on January 16.

January 26, 2021
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During the late 1990s, Taiwan was often touted as a best-case scenario of democratization. Despite internal national identity divisions, its authoritarian past, and the military threat from China, Taiwan went through a remarkably smooth and peaceful democratic transition.

January 26, 2021
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Effect of climate change on the Great Barrier Reef

The health of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem, is in a critical state and deteriorating as climate change warms the waters around it, an international conservation group said, warning that more than a third of the world’s heritage sites are similarly threatened.

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