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Archive for January 2016

Spanish princess on trial, a first

January 11, 2016 - SPAIN

Princess Cristina de Borbon, the sister of King Felipe VI and the first Spanish royal to face prosecution since the monarchy was restored in 1975, stands trial for tax fraud in Palma de Mallorca.

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Charlie Hebdo anniversary sees controversial magazine under fire

January 7, 2016 - FRANCE

Two masked gunmen armed with assault rifles, furious about a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad published by Charlie Hebdo, burst into the satirical magazine offices in Paris on Jan 7, 2015, and opened fire. Twelve staff members died and the attack unleashed a global debate on whether publishing an item certain to offend represented cultural intolerance, or freedom of speech.

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Right-leaning opposition takes supermajority control of Venezuela legislature

January 5, 2016 - VENEZUELA

The new term of the National Assembly opens with the Democratic Unity Table coalition (MUD) holding a supermajority after defeating the ruling United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) in Dec 6 elections. The challenges for right-leaning MUD include finding internal agreement on issues such as regime change and the dismantling of Chavismo, the leftist style of government of late president Hugo Chávez.

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Sudan turns 60 somewhat smaller

January 1, 2016 - SUDAN

President Omar al-Bashir will be presiding at Sudan’s 60th independence anniversary celebrations with some one-third of his country gone, firmly in control of the remainder and as the only sitting head of state accused of war crimes.

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European Union and Ukraine launch major free trade pact

January 1, 2016 - UKRAINE

The Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between Ukraine and the European Union, a deal hastened by tensions with Russia over Crimea and the separatist movement in the east of the country, goes into effect at the start of the year. It is aimed at strengthening the Ukrainian economy while finalizing the former Soviet state’s divorce from the Russia-led Commonwealth of Independent States.

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