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UK voters biased against minority candidates: Study

British voters tend to avoid voting for candidates with foreign-sounding or ethnic minority names, an academic survey has found. Data from UK elections over the past four decades shows that the trend could play a role in swinging around 200 council seats every year, according to a study published in ...

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Clashes erupt in Australian refugee facility in PNG

Violence has flared at an Australian asylum-seeker detention center in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and shots were fired when local people tried to break into the center after an argument got out of hand, media and a rights group reported on Saturday. There were no reports of serious injuries at ...

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F-35 on first operational deployment to Europe: Pentagon

The US Air Force is about to deploy its F-35 fighter jets to Europe on their first operational mission, where they would partake in joint exercises with NATO forces. The Pentagon made the announcement on Friday, noting that a “small number” of F-35A stealth aircraft from an airbase in Utah ...

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Russia ‘skeptical’ of OPCW probe in Syria

A Russian deputy foreign minister has said Moscow is “skeptical” of the work being carried out by an international organization to probe an alleged chemical attack in Syria, saying Iran, Brazil, and India should be included in any investigation of the purported attack. A fact-finding mission has been set up ...

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Poland officially welcomes NATO battalion

Poland has officially welcomed a NATO battalion deployed to the Eastern European country to join a multinational force aimed at countering alleged future aggression from Russia. “I am very pleased to be with you on this historic day for my country,” a clearly fascinated Polish President Andrzej Duda said at ...

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US agreed not to repeat Syria strike: Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has slammed the recent US missile attack against a Syrian airbase as an act of “provocation” and said that Washington has agreed not to repeat such strikes in the future. “I would like to stress that the US missile attack on the Shayrat airbase was actually ...

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Turkey dismissals violating people’s basic rights: UN

A panel of UN human rights experts has blasted Turkey for violating people’s rights to work and education through dismissals made possible under a state of emergency declared following last year’s failed military coup. The experts condemned the Turkish government’s dismissal of up to 134,000 public servants, including teachers, on suspicion ...

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Mogherini to make first trip to Russia

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini will make her first official visit to Russia this month, with relations strained to breaking point by the Ukraine conflict and the war in Syria. She will also visit China and India next week, her office said in a statement on Wednesday. Most attention ...

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