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Latest update : 2012-05-30

Emergence of opposition tests Georgian democracy

Until recently, the former Soviet state of Georgia was without any credible opposition to President Mikheil Saakashvili's powerful ruling party. Then billionaire philanthropist Bidzina Ivanishvili entered the fray. The Georgian government accuses him of being pro-Russia, an accusation he denies. But the battle for power is a key test of Georgia's democratic development.

By Markus Meyer

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2016-02-08 Tunisia

Arab Spring's unfulfilled promises

In January, Tunisia saw a week of protests as people voiced their anger over unemployment and corruption. The country is often held up as an example of one which survived the...

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Transgender children: Embracing the transition process

A generation ago, only adults would go through the daunting, but often liberating, process of changing their gender. Today, a growing number of children and adolescents undergo...

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2016-02-04 Syria

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In the wake of the Paris terror attacks, the working-class district of Molenbeek, in the suburbs of the Belgian capital Brussels, was blamed. As the days passed, the...

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2016-02-02 poverty

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The Indian government announced plans to ban surrogacy services for foreign couples in October 2015, sending notices to fertility clinics around the country to stop accepting...

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