Is Hungary’s Victor Orban popular or a populist?

The election campaign in Hungary has been dominated by one issue, immigration. Right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s hardline approach to migrants has grown stronger over the years. In 2015, more than 400,000 refugees – many fleeing the Syrian war – passed through the country. In response, Hungary built a fence along its border with Serbia…

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Douma chemical attack draws international outrage

A chemical attack in a Syrian rebel-held town has sparked widespread international outrage and revulsion. At least 85 people, including many women and children, were killed in Douma on Saturday, according to a statement by rescue workers and medical staff. Condemnation poured in on Sunday as US President Donald Trump warned there would be a…

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Hungary elections: High voter turnout as polls close

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban had declared victory after preliminary results show his anti-migrant party is projected to win a commanding majority in the country’s key parliamentary elections. With more than 80 percent of the votes in Sunday’s poll counted, Orban’s increasingly far-right Fidesz party was first with 49.29 percent, the National Election Office said. The result…

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Zimbabwe tobacco farms: Child labour, abuse rife, HRW says

Malpractice in Zimbabwe’s tobacco growing industry is rampant, an international human rights organisation has reported after an investigation. In a report launched in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare, on Thursday, Human Rights Watch said cases of child labour, worker exploitation and low pay are rife on the farms around the Southern African country. Farm workers, the…

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