Nationalists win Corsica election in problem for France

Nationalists win Corsica election in problem for France

A nationalist alliance has won a majority in regional elections on the French island of Corsica, giving extra muscle to demands for more autonomy. The governing For Corsica coalition (Pè a Corsica) won 56.5% of votes in the second round of polling on Sunday. The nationalists say they want more autonomy, not full independence. For decades militants waged a violent “national liberation” campaign on the island, which has 330,000 inhabitants, […]

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Brexit deal is a ‘gentleman’s settlement’ says EU

Brexit deal is a ‘gentleman’s settlement’ says EU

The agreement to move Brexit talks on to the next phase is not strictly legally binding but the two sides have “shaken hands” on it, the EU has said. The European Commission said the UK had endorsed the “gentleman’s agreement” between David Davis and Michel Barnier. On Sunday the Brexit Secretary said guarantees on the Northern Ireland border were not legally binding unless the two sides reached a final deal. […]

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Second EU referendum e-petition debated

Second EU referendum e-petition debated

A petition calling for a second EU referendum will be debated by MPs later. The has attracted more than 130,000 signatures since September. The petition calls for voters to be given a “final say” on the Brexit deal before the 2019 exit date. The government said Brexit had “the largest democratic mandate in UK political history” and there would be no second referendum. The petition, which will be considered in […]

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Irish DNA map reveals historical past’s imprint

Irish DNA map reveals historical past’s imprint

Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events. In their sample of the Irish population, the researchers identified 10 genetic groupings – clusters – that roughly mirror ancient boundaries. The results also suggest the Vikings had a greater impact on the Irish gene pool than previously supposed. The findings are published . A team of Irish, British and American researchers […]

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Catalonia independence: Spain removes artwork work from Lleida

Catalonia independence: Spain removes artwork work from Lleida

Police in Spain’s Catalonia region have begun transferring medieval artefacts on Madrid’s orders in an ownership battle with neighbouring Aragon. The operation, which started before dawn on Monday, involves 44 items stored in the Catalan Museum of Lleida but originally from Sijena monastery. Aragon claims they were sold illegally by the monastery’s nuns. The seizure comes as tension continues between Madrid and Catalonia over the region’s independence push. There were […]

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