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South Tyrol debates dual Italian-Austrian citizenship

Bolzano - The Austrian government has angered Italy with plans to offer dual citizenship to the majority German-speaking population of South Tyrol province.

Italy, Austria at odds over South Tyrol dual-citizenship

Bolzano - A diplomatic row threatens to disrupt Italy's Alpine province of South Tyrol: over the question of national identity and whether some of its inhabitants should have the right to Austrian citizenship.

Moscow-backed land swap opens old wounds in volatile Caucasus

Russia - Looking at the lush green hills around his native village in Russia's Ingushetia region, 59-year-old Ruslan says that even if this does not seem like much, it should still belong to his people, not their neighbours in Chechnya.

Kazakhstan denies asylum to China 're-education camp' whistleblower

Moscow - Ex-Soviet Kazakhstan has refused asylum to an escaped Chinese national whose court testimony helped expose a secretive network of re-education camps in China's restive Xinjiang region, her lawyer said Friday.

In ethnically split Bosnia, 'others' are on the outside

Sarajevo - In a country where political power is formally shared by three ethnic groups, Bosnians who identify as "ostali" -- or "others" -- are second-class citizens.

Aung San Suu Kyi becomes first person stripped of honorary Canadian citizenship

Ottawa - Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi became the first person to be stripped of honorary Canadian citizenship on Tuesday over her refusal to call out atrocities by her nation's military against the Rohingya Muslim minority.

Three Saudi 'terrorists' killed in Shiite region: state media

Apo - Three Saudi wanted "terrorists" were killed in a shootout with security officials in the Shiite-majority eastern region of Qatif, state media said Thursday.

Canada strips Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

Ottawa - Canada's parliament voted unanimously on Thursday to effectively strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary Canadian citizenship over the Rohingya crisis.

Finnish indigenous Sami seek to end 'exploitative tourism'

Apo - Representatives of Finland's indigenous Sami said Tuesday they would urge holidaymakers to stop visiting igloos and riding husky sleds in Lapland, claiming non-Sami traditions are being passed off as authentic thereby exploiting their culture.

Canada calls out China for treatment of Uighur minorities

New York - Canada has called out China for its human right abuses, notably of the Muslim Uighurs, officials said Tuesday.

Thousands attend funeral for Iran attack dead

Ahvaz - Thousands of people gathered Monday morning in the south-western Iranian city of Ahvaz for the funeral of those killed during an attack on a military parade.

Iran points finger at US allies over deadly attack

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday pointed blame at Arab separatists for a deadly attack on a military parade and accused an unnamed US-backed Gulf state of supporting them.

Iran points finger at Arab separatists for deadly attack

Tehran - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Sunday appeared to blame Arab separatists for an attack on a military parade the previous day that left 29 people dead.

Toll from Ethiopia bloodshed at least 58: rights group, source

Addis Ababa - At least 58 people were killed during ethnic violence at the weekend on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital, an Amnesty International researcher told AFP on Wednesday.

Germany's Kurds criticise 'ban' on Erdogan protest

Berlin - Germany's large Kurdish community said Monday it had been "banned" by Berlin authorities from holding a rally at the Brandenburg Gate during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan this month.

Kurds, Christians split over Syria school curriculum

Kamishli - Kurdish authorities in Syria's diverse northeast are facing swelling anger from the area's Syriac Christians after shutting down more than a dozen schools run by the ancient minority.

China disputes UN report on Uighur discrimination

Bejing - China on Friday took issue with a UN report that called on Beijing to release ethnic Uighurs detained "under the pretext" of counterterrorism, saying its findings had "no factual basis".

Ethnic clashes challenge Ethiopia PM's reforms

- Bedaso Bora danced alongside his neighbours in the streets of Ethiopia's lush coffee-growing south after Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed came to power in April promising better days.

Syria Kurds face tough talks to preserve autonomy

Kamishli - Syria's Kurdish minority, hailed as an indispensable Western ally during the war against the Islamic State group, faces hard bargaining with Damascus to save its hard-won autonomy.

Five questions on Israel's controversial Jewish nation law

Jerusalem - Israel's parliament held a special session on Wednesday to debate a controversial law passed last month declaring the country the nation state of the Jewish people. Here are five questions and answers related to the law:Why is the law controversial?

Israeli Druze hold mass rally to protest Jewish nation law

Apo - Tens of thousands of Israeli Druze and their supporters rallied in central Tel Aviv Saturday to protest a new law they say makes them second-class citizens.

Israel MPs to debate divisive Jewish nation law next week

Jerusalem - Israeli MPs are to return from summer recess next week to discuss mounting criticism of a new law proclaiming the country the nation state of the Jewish people, parliament said Tuesday.

US-backed Kurd-led alliance in first talks with Damascus

Damascus - A US-backed Kurdish-led alliance is holding talks in Damascus for the first time on the future of the swathe of northern Syria under its control, an alliance official said on Friday.

US-backed Kurd-led alliance hails first visit to Damascus

Kamishli - A US-backed Kurdish-led alliance is holding talks in Damascus for the first time on the future of the swathe of northern Syria under its control, an alliance official said on Friday.

Israel's Netanyahu holds talks with Druze on Jewish nation state law

Jerusalem - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with lawmakers from the minority Druze community on Thursday after a court challenge over a deeply controversial law declaring Israel the nation state of the Jewish people.

Ukraine's Roma under attack in wave of hate crimes

Lviv - Blood-stained clothes, shoes and kids' toys lie scattered in several old tents where a Roma man was murdered in an attack on a forest camp in western Ukraine last week.

Two Ukraine minors in custody over deadly Roma attack

Lviv - A Ukrainian court has ordered that two minors suspected in a deadly attack on a Roma camp be held in custody for 60 days, officials said Tuesday, as concern grows over a wave of hate crimes.

In Latvia, school language reform irks Russian minority

Riga - Riga's plans to impose Latvian as the main teaching language in minority schools has created tension among some of its ethnic Russian population, resurrecting a long-running dispute with Latvia's former Soviet masters.

Jailed Kurdish leader makes first TV appeal ahead of Turkey vote

Istanbul - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas on Sunday appeared on state television from his prison cell to denounce the government's "repressive regime", ahead of the presidential election next weekend.

Jailed Kurdish presidential candidate appears on TV from jail

Istanbul - Turkey's leading Kurdish politician Selahattin Demirtas on Sunday appeared on state television from his prison cell to denounce the government's "repressive regime", ahead of the presidential election next weekend.
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