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What's behind the coup in Mali?

On March 22, soldiers of the Republic of Mali in West Africa, led by junior officers, carried out a coup d'état against the elected president, Amadou Toumani Touré.

Europe and Africa: a genocidal history

During the "scramble for Africa" at the end of the 19th century, Germany had entered the game partly for economic and partly for geopolitical reasons.

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All hail the (German) chief

It's hard to decide: which article on Germany's new president, East Germany's (the former German Democratic Republic's) pastor Joachim Gauck, was more misleading.

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Woman who slapped chancellor nominated for German presidency

The "Nazi Hunter" Klarsfeld will be the only candidate opposing "Stasi Hunter" Joachim Gauck.

Hungary's government lurches further to the right

Hungarian right-wing nationalism has its roots in the period between the two world wars.

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It's ugly: Germany arms Saudi Arabia

Media reports left two aspects unmentioned. The tank manufacturers profiting most from the deal, Krauss-Maffei-Wegmann and Rheinmetall, have always been generous in political donations. The other aspect is historical.

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Thomas Jefferson: On the breeding of kings

What did America's founders have to say about royalty?

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Argentina: Prosecution for child-thefts during dictatorship begins

Two former Argentinian dictators and some of their henchmen are on trial for charges charges of concocting a scheme to kidnap the babies of political opponents they murdered.

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State election may determine future of Mexican left

On July 3, voters in the central State of Mexico, in Mexico, will elect a new governor. More is at stake than one governorship out of 31 in this country of 108 million people. The future of the main left-center electoral party, the PRD (Revolutionary Democratic Party) also hangs in the balance.

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Basil Davidson, path-breaking historian of Africa, dies at 95

Basil Davidson, the great radical journalist whose books introduced a mass audience to Africa's history, died on July 9 at the age of 95.

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