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Putin files re-election bid as Kremlin critic calls for protests

(CNN)Russian President Vladimir Putin officially launched his bid for a fourth term as Russia's president on Wednesday, as his main opponent called for a day of protests against the elections.The former KGB leader, who has dominated Russian politics for two decades, is likely to score a comfortable win --

Queen pays tribute to terror and fire victims in Christmas speech

London (CNN)Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute to the victims of the Manchester terror attack and the Grenfell Tower fire in London during her annual Christmas Day message Monday.Queen reflects on 'somber national mood'London marks six months since Grenfell Tower fireShe said that events of the past year made her "grateful

Separatist parties in Spain’s Catalonia win majority in election

(CNN)Voters in the Spanish region of Catalonia have delivered a blow to Madrid by backing pro-independence parties in regional elections.Puigdemont was pushed from power after holding an illegal independence referendum and declaring the region's unilateral independence from Spain.Rise of the center-right Citizens partyDespite the clear support for the pro-independence

EU governments complicit in Libya migrant abuse, Amnesty says

(CNN)Amnesty International has accused European governments of being complicit in the torture and abuse of migrants and refugees in Libya.CNN has exposed the conditions faced by mainly sub-Saharan Africans in Libya, secretly filming a slave auction there.Dalhuisen called on European governments to rethink their policies and help people reach

EU warns tech firms: remove extremist content faster or be regulated

European commission tells Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter and others that legislation is being considered if self-regulation continues to failThe European Commission has warned Facebook, Google, YouTube, Twitter and other internet technology companies that they must do more to stem the spread of extremist content or face legislation. Growing pressure from

A Band Without a No. 1 Hit Is Outselling Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran

An old New Wave rock band that’s never released a No. 1 song in the U.S. is selling more concert tickets than the biggest pop stars in the world.Depeche Mode, the British synth-pop group formed in 1980, is having one of the most remarkable tours in modern music and its most-successful

Navalny’s army: the Russians risking all to oppose Vladimir Putin

Opposition politicians campaign gathers steam ahead of 2018 election, but his supporters face threats and intimidationIt has been a rough couple of months for Ksenia Pakhomova, a bright-eyed, garrulous 23-year-old from the Siberian mining town of Kemerovo. Her boyfriend was kicked out of university, her mother was fired from her

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