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Belgian courts end legal proceedings against Puigdemont

The Belgian justice system ended on Thursday extradition proceedings against ousted Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont and four former members of his government, after Spain had dropped a European arrest warrant against them. Puigdemont said last week they would return if they won elections in Catalonia on 21 December. Some 45,000 Catalan independence supporters rallied in Brussels last week to back Puigdemont, urging the EU to stop siding with Spain.

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How the World Cup exposed Russian chauvinism

The suggestion that Russians themselves play a role in the condition of their state today is often dismissed as "xenophobic" or "Russophobic". But if not addressed, the evils of nationalism, chauvinism, and imperialism will continue even after Putin is gone.

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