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The Death Penalty around the World

Malaysia will join the nearly three quarters of countries in the world which have abolished or ceased to use the death penalty, according to Amnesty International.

Capital punishment currently remains in place in 23 countries, with China still believed to be the "world's top executioner", according to the rights group's 2017 report.

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What's Holding Up Brexit Talks? The Irish Issue Explained

The main sticking point in Brexit negotiations is how to keep the land border between Britain and Ireland open after Britain leaves the European Union.

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Bolsonaro, Haddad Hold Different Visions of Brazil Future

Right-winger Jair Bolsonaro and leftist candidate Fernando Haddad, who will contest a second-round runoff to become Brazil's next president, hold diametrically opposed visions of Brazil's future.

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Ceaseless Persecution Marks the Yazidis' History

Over the past centuries, the Yazidi community, one of Iraq's oldest religious minorities, has repeatedly been subjected to brutal attacks leaving thousands of its members dead. One of their worst subjugations occurred four years ago with the rise of the extremist Islamic State group.

IS committed genocide and other crimes against the Yazidi minority in Iraq as their power in the country peaked in the summer of 2014.

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Why are Elections So Complicated in Bosnia?

Bosnians vote Sunday in an election as complex as the country itself, a nation fractured along ethnic lines and paralysed by competing power centres.

The 1995 Dayton Peace Accords put an end to the devastating war that claimed 100,000 lives and displaced millions.

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Africa's Longest-Serving Leaders

Cameroon President Paul Biya, 85, who is seeking a seventh consecutive term on Sunday, is the second longest-serving leader in Africa with nearly 36 years in office.

Only Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea is ahead, by three years.

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Why is Macedonia Voting to Change its Name?

On 30 September Macedonians will head to the polls to vote on whether to add "North" to their country's official name.

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Syria: Everyone Else's Battleground, in Both War and Peace

As world leaders talk peace at the U.N. this week, the people of Idlib cling to fragile hope that diplomacy will avert a blowout battle over Syria's last rebel stronghold.

Yet diplomacy hasn't served Syria well so far. Those same world powers trying to negotiate a peaceful outcome in Idlib have been using Syria as a proxy battleground for years.

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The Maldives, a Tourist Haven in Peril

The Indian Ocean island nation of the Maldives is famed as an upmarket tourist destination of white beaches and turquoise waters but is threatened by rising sea levels and endured stifling political control.

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Mandela: A Life of Soaring Symbolism, Now Harnessed by UN

Nelson Mandela's South African journey from anti-apartheid leader to prisoner to president to global statesman — the "Long Walk to Freedom" of his autobiography title — is one of the 20th century's great stories of struggle, sacrifice and reconciliation. Now the United Nations is seeking to harness its soaring symbolism.

The unveiling of a statue of Mandela, born 100 years ago, with arms outstretched at the U.N. building in New York on Monday opens a peace summit at the General Assembly, where world leaders will once again address the planet's pressing problems: war, poverty, disease, migration and climate change. They'll do so amid a massive security operation in a city where Mandela was welcomed by exultant crowds in 1990, a few months after he walked out of a South African jail, ending 27 years of imprisonment under the country's white minority government.

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