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'Reluctant republic': Cyprus turns 60 without much ado

Nicosia - Cyprus marks 60 years since independence from Britain without fanfare on Sunday, as the small island remains divided and home to foreign bases and a UN peacekeeping force.

Daughter of DR Congo hero demands Belgium return father's 'relics'

Apo - The daughter of Congolese independence hero Patrice Lumumba has called on Belgium to return her father's "relics", in an apparent reference to teeth taken from his body after his assassination in 1961.

Sixty years on, Africa still seeks right model for growth

Paris - As 1960 dawned, sub-Saharan Africa braced for historic change: that year, 17 of its countries were destined to gain independence from European colonial powers.But six decades on, the continent is mired in many problems.

Survivors tell of France's 'dirty war' in Cameroon independence

Ed - It was a "dirty war" waged by French colonial troops but it never made headlines and even today goes untold in school history books.

Hong Kong independence activists granted refugee status in Germany

Fpo - Two former Hong Kong independence activists have been granted refugee status in Germany in what is one of the first cases of dissenters from the semi-autonomous Chinese city receiving such protection.

Scottish independence vote by May 2021 'unlikely': experts

London - Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's renewed push for secession from the UK faces several hurdles if her nationalist party's dream of independence is to come true, analysts said Thursday.

Scottish leader calls for second independence vote by 2021

London - The Scottish government will introduce legislation "shortly" as a first step towards another independence referendum to be held by 2021, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced Wednesday.

Tens of thousands rally for Taiwan independence vote

Taipei - Tens of thousands of Taiwan independence campaigners took to the streets Saturday for a major rally that is a rebuke to Beijing and a challenge to the island's already embattled government.

Taiwan to hold independence rally in challenge to Beijing

Taipei - Taiwan independence campaigners will take to the streets Saturday for what they hope will be a major rally in a rebuke to Beijing and a challenge to the island's already embattled government.

20,000 rally for Scottish independence as Brexit looms

Edinburgh - Some 20,000 people marched through Edinburgh on Saturday calling for Scottish independence, officials said, less than six months before Britain's planned departure from the European Union.

UK seeks 'urgent explanation' as Hong Kong bans journalist

Fpo - Hong Kong's decision to effectively blacklist a senior Financial Times journalist required an "urgent explanation", the UK said Saturday, as foreign governments sounded the alarm over eroding freedoms in the former British colony.

Hong Kong denies FT journalist visa after independence talk

Fpo - Hong Kong has refused to renew the visa of a senior Financial Times journalist who hosted a talk by an activist advocating the city's independence from China, the newspaper said Friday.

US presses Hong Kong on freedoms after party ban

New York - The United States on Tuesday urged Hong Kong to allow freedom of expression as it voiced concern over a ban on the pro-independence party.

China defends ban on Hong Kong pro-independence party

Bejing - China Tuesday defended the Hong Kong government's decision to ban a political party that promotes independence and expressed "strong dissatisfaction" at countries which criticised the move.

Hong Kong bans pro-independence party over 'national security' fears

Fpo - Hong Kong on Monday banned a political party which promotes independence, calling it a threat to national security, as Beijing clamps down on challenges to its sovereignty.

Hong Kong independence activist attacks Beijing at press club talk

Fpo - Hong Kong independence activist Andy Chan attacked China as an empire trying to "annex" and "destroy" the city in a no-holds barred speech Tuesday at the city's press club which Beijing wanted cancelled.

Hong Kong press club pressured by Beijing to cancel talk

Fpo - Hong Kong's leader joined mainland China Sunday in urging the city's Foreign Correspondents' Club to cancel a planned speech by a Hong Kong independence advocate whose party is threatened with a ban.

Hong Kong police seek landmark ban on pro-independence party

Fpo - Police in Hong Kong sought to ban a political party which promotes independence for the city Tuesday, citing it as a potential national security threat as Beijing ups pressure on challenges to its territorial sovereignty.

Hong Kong police seek landmark ban on pro-independence party

Fpo - Police in Hong Kong sought to ban a political party which promotes independence for the city Tuesday, citing it as a potential national security threat as Beijing ups pressure on challenges to its territorial sovereignty.

Hong Kong independence duo given jail term for parliament chaos

Fpo - Two Hong Kong independence activists who were stripped of their status as lawmakers in 2016 were sentenced to four weeks in prison Monday for their role in a fracas that disrupted proceedings in the city's parliament.

Out for the count? Hong Kong's battered independence movement

Fpo - It was only two years ago that thousands gathered near government headquarters in the heart of Hong Kong for an energetic rally in support of independence from China.

Estonia marks 100th anniversary of independence declaration

Tallinn - Estonia on Saturday celebrated 100 years since declaring independence with a military parade and other festivities in the Baltic state, which is now firmly ensconced in the West, though tensions remain with neighbour Russia.

Albanian PM moots co-presidency with Kosovo

Pristina - Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said Sunday his country and Kosovo could one day have a single president as a "symbol of national unity" between Tirana and Pristina.

'Towel' flag, judo and pop royalty: five things to know about Kosovo

Pristina - Kosovo, which holds early legislative elections on Sunday, is one of the world's youngest democracies.Here are five things to know about the former Serbian province which declared independence in 2008.

Kosovo celebrates 10 years since declaring independence

Pristina - Security forces will march Sunday through the capital of Kosovo as it celebrates a decade since declaring independence, a moment of pride for its ethnic Albanian majority although sovereignty remains fiercely contested by Serbia.

Ten-year rejection of Kosovo stalls Serbia's EU hopes

Belgrade - A decade after its southern province formally broke away, Serbia bluntly refuses to recognise Kosovo's independence, but President Aleksandar Vucic has warned something must change for his country to join the European Union.

Kosovo's guerrilla 'heroes' fear war crimes court

Pristina - In Kosovo, the guerrillas who fought for independence from Serbia a decade ago are revered as heroes.

Fear stalks Kosovo's divided Mitrovica city

Kosovska Mitrovica - Ten years after independence, Albanians and Serbs from Kosovo's divided city of Mitrovica have one thing in common -- fear, heightened by the recent assassination of a moderate Serb politician.

Girl named Independence turns 10 with divided Kosovo

Pristina - On February 17, 2008, Kosovo's parliament unanimously endorsed a declaration of independence from Serbia. The same day a baby girl was born: Her family named her Pavaresia, the Albanian word for "independence".

Kosovo celebrates 10 years of sovereignty-in-progress

Pristina - Kosovo on Saturday celebrates 10 years since its unilateral declaration of independence -- a sovereignty still under construction and stubbornly rejected by its Serb minority and Belgrade.
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