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German industry hopes to lift Bolivia’s lithium treasure

Bolivia boasts one of the biggest lithium reserves in the world. After Luis Arce was elected the country’s new president, exploration hopes are mounting, especially among German investors. The glory days of the mines in Bolivia’s Cerro Rico (Rich Mountain)…

Nagorno-Karabakh reports civilian casualties amid shelling

Authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh have said Azerbaijan attacked residential areas in two of their largest cities with rockets and artillery shells. Azerbaijan has denied targeting civilian areas. At least three civilians in Nagorno-Karabakh’s largest city were killed during overnight shelling by Azeri forces as…

Super Typhoon Goni batters Philippines

A super typhoon — the world’s strongest this year— has made landfall in the eastern Philippines. Over a million people in the typhoon’s path have been evacuated, with authorities describing “catastrophic” conditions. Super Typhoon Goni slammed into the eastern Philippines…

German-Iranian women’s rights activist detained in Tehran

German-Iranian Nahid Taghavi’s arrest has come to light exactly a week after she was seized at her Tehran apartment. Her daughter says she’s been accused of endangering security. German-Iranian women’s rights activist Nahid Taghavi has been arrested in Iran, the…

Reports: Germany issues warrants for Panama Papers lawyers

The Panama Papers leak exposed how some of the world’s richest people hide their money. German prosecutors are looking for those behind the law firm at the center of the tax haven scandal. Prosecutors in Germany have issued international arrest…

Thailand cracks down on protests with emergency powers

The emergency decree restricts transport, publication of “sensitive news” and gives police and soldiers authority to resolve the “emergency situation.” The move follows anti-government protests in Bangkok. Thailand’s prime minister, Prayuth Chan-ocha, signed an emergency decree on Thursday, forbidding public…

Protests, jeers greet Spanish King Felipe VI in Barcelona

Felip VI, king of Spain, and Pedro Sanchez, the country’s prime minister, visited Barcelona on Friday only to be met with loud protests and a boycott from high-ranking Catalan politicians. The king and prime minister were in the capital city…

Kyrgyzstan: 1 dead, hundreds wounded after protesters storm seat of government

Thousands have gathered to protest the results of a recent parliamentary election marred by allegations of vote-buying. Police moved to break up the demonstrations using water cannons, stun grenades and tear gas. Protesters demonstrating against the results of parliamentary election have…

Belarus: Scores of women arrested in anti-Lukashenko protest

Police in Belarus have rounded up dozens of women at a protest against embattled President Alexander Lukashenko. The authoritarian leader riled his opponents further this week by holding a secret swearing-in ceremony. Hundreds of women joined a protest in the…

Pro-independence Catalans rally on annual holiday, despite pandemic

Catalans wore masks and gathered in small, well-spaced rallies, to demand independence from Spain. Grassroots organizers said some 60,000 people participated in the demonstrations across the region. Thousands gathered in Spain’s Catalonia on Friday, to commemorate “La Diada,” the region’s…

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