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Week in Review – Macedonia, Raccoon and World Cup

Macedonia After a 27 year discussion over the name of Greece’s northern neighbor which has called itself  Macedonia since the break-up of the former Yugoslavia, Greece has finally reached a deal. After decades of talks and protests, they have settled on the name Republic of North Macedonia, or Severna Makedonija in Macedonian. The name Macedonia belongs to the northern region of Greece where the city …

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Week in Review – Airport over Motorway and Drought in South Africa

Airport built over Motorway Everyone who has driven down the autobahn A14 in Germany might have seen it – an airplane driving across the motorway. The motorway does not navigate around the airport Halle/Leipzig but instead runs right through the middle of it. It is a regular sight for those who frequently use the motorway but for those not used to the route it makes …

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The Bookkeeper of Auschwitz

Oskar Groening filed a plea for clemency – he was convicted for his role as an accessory in the murders of 300.000 people in the Auschwitz death camp. In 2015 he was sentenced to four years in prison but so far he has not yet started his sentence due to his poor health. In December last year, however, Germany´s constitutional Court ruled that he has …

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Week in Review – Jerusalem, Travel Ban and Putin

Jerusalem There is a new development in the ongoing war over Jerusalem. Both, Israelis and Palestinians claim the city as their capital. On Tuesday earlier this week President Trump recognised Jerusalem as Israel´s capital and moved their embassy to the city. Until now, all embassies have been in Tel Aviv as a more neutral place. Other leaders had warned Trump about the consequences. French president …

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Week in Review – Royal Wedding, Volcano and North Korea

Prince Harry is off the market Prince Harry and the American actress Meghan Markle announced their engagement earlier this week. The royal wedding will take place in spring. The venue is not clear yet and more details will follow in due course. The couple met in July 2016 and had their first public appearance in September 2017 at the Invictus Games in Toronto. Prince Harry …

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Week in Review (28th Aug – 01st Sept)

North Korea fires missile over Japan North Korea fired a missile into Japan´s airspace on Tuesday, the prime minister of Japan called it an “unprecedented, serious threat”. It was not immediately clear what type of missile had been fired but by now it is confirmed that it was a ballistic missile. North Korea has never before used a ballistic missile, which is designed for military …

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Week in Review (21st – 25th August)

Barcelona: suspects face judge Four people suspected of belonging to the cell responsible for the terror attack in and around Barcelona were transferred to a jail in Madrid. There they will appear before the high court. Eight other members of the alleged cell are dead, two of them died in an explosion and the others were shot dead by the police. The last suspect was …

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Week in Review (31st July – 04th August)

Update: Charlie Gard has died The little boy, Charlie Gard, died aged 11 months. He was diagnosed with a rare inherited disease last year where he was unable to breathe on his own and needed constant life support. His parents fought a hard battle to give him experimental treatment as Charlie´s doctors believed it would only prolong his suffering while his parents set their hopes …

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Week in Review (24th – 28th July)

Metal detectors cause uproar in Jerusalem The metal detectors outside a holy site in East Jerusalem have been removed after an uproar from Palestinians. On Tuesday it was decided to remove and replace the detectors. There were deadly clashes after the metal detectors were introduced as Palestinians saw this as an Israeli attempt to gain control over the site. At least 8 people have been …

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Review of the Week (26th – 30th June)

US travel ban The Supreme Court has decided to reinstate much of the travel ban submitted by the Trump administration. The court will decide in October if the ruling will be upheld or struck down. Meanwhile the ban partly takes effect within 72 hours of the decision. The ban is surrounded by a lot of uncertainty regarding its impact because a lot depends on how …

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