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Saturday, 11.1.2014

Re-centralization threats continue to haunt Italy's special autonomies six months later

Date: 31/10/2014

Minister for Constitutional Reform says special autonomy statutes should be abolished, later argues such a reform could not be implemented now · Sardinia and Trentino presidents criticise Minister's stance · Aosta Valley wants constitutional reform to be made under federal principles · Renzi's government proposal is to re-centralize some powers [+]

  • Sweden recognizes State of Palestine since it "meets the criteria"

    Date: 30/10/2014

    Swedish Foreign Affairs Minister argues Palestinian state has its own territory, population and government · Nordic country becomes first to recognize Palestine while being a EU member · Israeli goverment believes Sweden should have "studied the issue in depth" before taking any step · Abbas says decision is "brave, historic" [+]

  • South Yemen Supreme Council demands independence within months

    Date: 29/10/2014

    Groups brings together two different organizations that had been acting separately · New massive demonstration in Aden again asks secession · Yemen is immersed into deep destabilization, with much of the country's north in the hands of Zaidi Shi'a group Al-Houthi [+]

  • "Good living" or landowner power? Rousseff's indigenous challenge

    Date: 28/10/2014

    Tension between indigenous peoples and large landowners is set to affect the new presidential term · Rousseff promises dialogue to indigenous peoples, claims she will not accept a constitutional amendment that could harm them · Indigenous umbrella group blames Rousseff for having prioritized "alliances with agribusinesses" during her first term, announces fresh protests if government does not change policies [+]

  • Pro-western parties get majority of votes in Ukraine's parliamentary election

    Date: 27/10/2014

    Donbass not participating in vote, readies to hold separate elections in November 2nd · Main opposition party denounces "massive violations of the Electoral law", leads count in regions where Russian-speaking population is concentrated · Ukrainian President Poroshenko vows to form coalition government of pro-western parties · Definitive Parliament makeup also depends on results of single member constituencies [+]

  • Israelis and Palestinians are called to make further steps towards understanding despite obstacles

    Date: 24/10/2014

    United Nations, Washington, London call on Netanyahu's government to negotiate with Palestinians · Israeli goverment believes the UN are unfair, favour Palestinian side · Netanyahu's popularity drops, voting intention on the rise for rightist religious Zionist party [+]

  • International Olympic Committee grants Kosovo "provisional recognition"

    Date: 23/10/2014

    Body says partial international recogition enjoyed by the Balkan country is enough to consider it "a country" · Serbian committee condems move as "unacceptable" · Final decision to be taken in December · Kosovar teams to compete in 2016 Olympics qualifiers [+]

  • French Senate opens door not to merge Alsace with other regions

    Date: 22/10/2014

    Law Commission passes two amendments that could leave Alsace outside an Eastern macro-region made up of Champagne-Ardennes and Lorraine · Conditions on transferring departaments from one region to another one have been softened · Draft law should now be debated by full Senate, go back to National Assembly [+]

  • Did Putin offer to divide Ukraine with Poland? A battle of quotes and denials on NATO's eastern border

    Date: 21/10/2014

    Former Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs Radoslaw Sikorski tells 'Politico' Russian President proposed in 2008 to "sort" Ukraine "out together" with Donald Tusk · Sikorski says his words have been over-interpreted · Kremlin argues story is "red herring" · Partition of Ukraine is advocated by Russian Duma Vice Chair Vladimir Zhirinovsky [+]

  • Major shift in Kobanê as Turkey allows Peshmerga to cross into besieged town, US delivers weapons

    Date: 20/10/2014

    Arms, medical supplies delivered by South Kurdistan have been airdropped to Kurdish resistance · US army insists Syrian theatre is subordinatedto the goal of helping the Iraqi government to re-take control over territories lost to Islamic State [+]

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