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In Europe as America, parties that don’t adapt face death by irrelevance

Political parties generally go unappreciated, even among those ­inclined to celebrate representative democracy. The Founding ­Fathers famously didn’t like them yet found themselves forming them, not long after the First Congress assembled. This suggests something I have come to believe: The quality of electoral democracy depends heavily on the performance, the steadiness and the adaptability […]


Roger Bannister dies, the 'lone wolf miler'

Bannister was the first sub-four-minute miler in history. Roger Bannister has died, aged 88, but will live forever in the annals of athletics history as the first man to run a mile in under four minutes. A statement from his family on Sunday said: “Sir Roger Bannister died peacefully in Oxford on 3 March, aged […]

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Greek Cypriot president welcomes EU support over gas issue

Anastasiades welcomes EU’s ‘unprecedented’ condemnation of Turkey’s actions off Cyprus, a statement slammed by Ankara. Greek Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has hailed as “unprecedented” the European Union’s condemnation of Turkey for blocking his government’s search for offshore oil and gas of the divided island. Anastasiades spoke in reaction to a statement made by EU leaders […]

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Davide Astori found dead, Fiorentina 'shocked'

Italy international footballer Davide Astori has died after suffering a sudden ‘cardiac circulatory collapse’. Italy international defender Davide Astori has died in his hotel room during the night of Saturday, his club Fiorentina said on Sunday. “Fiorentina are profoundly shocked to have to announce the death of captain Davide Astori after a sudden illness,” the […]

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South Ossetia releases two Georgian 'genocide' suspects

Authorities in the breakaway region free two Georgians after 18-day detention but keep the body of a third who died. Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia region released two Georgians who were detained for “genocide” while holding on to the body of a third after weeks of international criticism. Levan Kutashvili and Ioseb Pavliashvili – residents of […]

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Russia elections: Vote expected to usher in Putin's fourth term

Putin is expected to win his fourth term, but many eyes are on voter turnout in the face of an opposition boycott. Moscow – Russians voted in a presidential election that is expected to usher in President Vladimir Putin’s fourth term. Seven other candidates are also running in Sunday’s vote, with the incumbent leading in […]

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Poland: Rallies against proposed change in abortion law

The new law would ban all abortions in cases of foetal abnormality. More than 50,000 demonstrators in Poland have rallied against plans to restrict abortions. The country already has some of the harshest abortion laws in Europe. The current law allows women to have an abortion if there’s a risk to their life or their […]