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Liberal MP Mauril Belanger (C) receives a standing ovation after voting on his private member’s bill to change the national anthem in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on June 15th, 2016. Photograph: Chris Wattie/Reuters

Canadian lawmakers voted on Wednesday to alter the country’s national anthem to make the lyrics gender neutral, a move that comes as the new Liberal (...)

Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull: criticised by  Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia for appropriating military terms to score political points. Photograph: Lukas Coch/EPA

When prime minister Malcolm Turnbull announced an eight-week election campaign it was technically spring in Australia, but it was really part of a see(...)

The highest proportion of Dutch smokers of any age is among twentysomethings. Almost 40 per cent of them smoke.

The Dutch are good with their teenagers. Surveys show the youngsters are the happiest in Europe, with plenty of friends, relatively little bullying at(...)

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull (L) and opposition Labor Party leader Bill Shorten: Mr Turnbull  stuck mainly to economic matters in launching  campaign  while Mr Shorten also spoke about education, health and climate change. Photograph: William West/AFP/Getty Images

After a phony campaign that began in March, Australia’s election proper started on Sunday when prime minister Malcolm Turnbull confirmed the country w(...)

EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker.  While technically the union can trundle on and is not obliged to respond to the vagaries of general elections, the anti-establishment vote is, in part, an expression of frustration at EU as well as national elites.   AFP PHOTO / JOHN THYSJOHN THYS/AFP/Getty Images

In October last year, Enda Kenny took to the stage at the European People’s Party congress in Madrid and told the tale of Ireland’s return to economi(...)

Protesters in Melbourne   urge the Australian government not to send 267 people – including 37 babies born in Australia – back to immigration detention in Nauru, 3,000km away. Photograph: Chris Hopkins/Getty Images

Australia’s ambivalence over asylum seekers is dominating headlines again, with churches, writers and thousands of ordinary citizens calling on the go(...)

“The takeaway message from its negative poster this week might be that it has ceded control of the narrative to Fine Gael.”  Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

In the week running up to the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis in Citywest there has been no shortage of reminders of the party’s past. The Oireachtas banking inq(...)

Geert Wilders, leader of the Freedom Party: it would “not be long” before the Netherlands faced Cologne-style “group attacks” on women. Photograph: Jasper Juinen/Bloomberg

Two dead pigs have been removed by police from the site of a proposed centre for 500 refugees in the south of the Netherlands – the second time that p(...)

Tima Kurdi lifts up her 5-month-old nephew Sherwan Kurdi after her brother Mohamed Kurdi and his family arrived in Vancouver. Photograph: Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via AP

The uncle of drowned Syrian toddler Alan Kurdi, whose body pictured on a Turkish beach three months ago prompted a global outcry, arrived in Canada wi(...)

 Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte:  The  “mini Schengen” plan of cutting back the borderless zone to just five countries – the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Luxemburg and Austria – was being discussed before the Paris attacks. Photograph: Martijn Beekman/EPA

It’s a sign of how fractious the European debate over the future of Schengen has become that the only coherent proposal this weekend is one f(...)

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