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Viewpoint: Spain rape case highlights enduring machismo

There has been widespread anger in Spain at a court’s decision to convict five men accused of rape on a lesser charge of sexual abuse. The case – over an attack against an 18-year-old woman during the Pamplona bull-running festival two years ago – caused a national outcry. Barcelona-based Spanish …

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Tibet group thanks Sweden in ‘Chinese spy’ case

A Tibetan leader says she hopes other countries will follow Sweden’s example by prosecuting alleged spies who give China information on exiled Tibetans. On Wednesday, Sweden charged a Tibetan man, Dorjee Gyantsan, with espionage. China allegedly paid him for personal information about fellow Tibetans. Tibetan community leader Jamyang Choedon said …

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Russia Kemerovo fire: Shopping centre exits ‘were blocked’

Russian investigators and witnesses say there was no alarm and exits were blocked when a fire engulfed a shopping and entertainment mall in Siberia, killing at least 64 people. Many of the victims in the coal-mining city of Kemerovo were children. Russia’s Investigative Committee spoke of blocked exits and “serious …

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‘Orange snow’ baffles eastern Europeans

People in eastern Europe have been wondering at the appearance of orange-tinted snow. Pictures of the snow have been posted on social media from Russia, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Romania and Moldova. Meteorologists say the phenomenon is caused by sand from Sahara desert storms mixing with snow and rain. It occurs roughly …

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