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Why doesn't the U.S. want to extradite Fethullah Gülen to Turkey?
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The U.S. has repeatedly stated that Turkey has not provided adequate evidence to link Fethullah Gülen with the crimes he is accused of, as required by the extradition treaty between the two countries. ...

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Why does the EU keep Turkey out?
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Turkey has a population of 75+ million and if the country entered the EU today, they would be the second largest member state behind Germany. This would mean an instant shift of power in almost every ...

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Why do US politicians commonly refer to the UK as "Great Britain"?
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Great Britain is used to formally refer to the UK (including Northern Ireland) in a number of international associations. For example: The Olympics (TeamGB), The UK's NATO country code is GBR, ISO ...

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Why don't British kings and queens veto laws?
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The monarch of the United Kingdom is, as are most contemporary monarchies, a historical artefact, with little (if any) political power, their role is largely ceremonial. Refusal of royal assent is ...

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Is the abortion debate as divisive outside the US as it is inside?
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In very general terms, abortion is not a "top of the mind" issue for voters in Europe. It's certainly a contentious social issue, as is everywhere, and different countries follow different ...

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Why has North Korea been assigned IP addresses?
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IANA isn't responsible for allocating IP address ranges to countries. Instead, it delegates allocations to one of the five regional Internet registries. In the case of North Korea, the RIR responsible ...

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What's the explanation behind Obama's joke about Bernie Sanders?
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The joke is referencing Sanders fundraising strategy. His campaign targeted small donors, and managed to raise an unprecedented amount from online contributions. 27$ is a reference to the average ...

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For what reasons does India claim a permanent seat in UNSC?
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India India is not only claiming a permanent seat in the Security Council, but also that there's need for a general reform of the Council. Asoke Kumar Mukerji, India's permanent representative at the ...

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How could it happen that Ukrainian soldiers did not try to defend against the invasion?
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When the Russian soldiers first deployed in the Crimea, Turchynov feared that any provocation would lead to a full scale war, a war he'd have very little chance of winning. He compared the situation ...

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What does European Union "freedom of movement" mean, and how much can individual countries restrict intra-EU immigration?
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The right of Union citizens (and their families) to move and reside freely within the Member States that originated with the Schengen Agreement in 1985 is regulated by Directive 2004/28/EC of the ...

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Why is North Korean Air Koryo banned from the European Union?
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As of 2010, the ban is partial and it excludes the two Tu-204's. Air Koryo can operate the two new aircraft (registration marks P-632 and P-633) normally into the European Union. For the rest of Air ...

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Did Hezbollah ever have a flag with a nuclear mushroom cloud on it?
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Hezbollah has used a variety of symbols, but there is no evidence that they have officially adopted any that relates to nuclear weapons. Christopher Hitchens does indeed use the words "party ...

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What form of government does StackExchange resemble?
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It's a mixed / hybrid goverment, integrating elements from almost every one of the basic forms of government. At the heart of Stack Exchange communities there is a token economy, the reputation ...

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What triggered the war in Iraq?
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No, there wasn't a specific event that triggered the 2003 invasion of Iraq and its legality is a matter of debate. According to (then) UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan the invasion was illegal: When ...

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What would be the steps necessary for a country to leave the E.U.?
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The withdrawal procedure from the EU is outlined in Article 50 of the Consolidated version of the Treaty on European Union: Article 50 Any Member State may decide to withdraw from the Union ...

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How high must a craft fly in order to not be in foreign airspace?
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Satellites, the (discontinued) shuttle project and ISS are governed by space law, national airspace laws don't necessarily apply, or are supplemented / amended by international / billateral agreements,...

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Is it possible to leave EU but remain in Eurozone, legally?
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The Eurozone isn't a separate entity from the European Union, but an umbrella term for the countries that have reached the third stage of the Economic and Monetary Union. Technically all member states ...

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What are the meanings of "Kangaroo", "Guillotine", and "Fox" in the UK House of Commons?
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The kangaroo is a practice which allows the Speaker to select which amendments to a Bill are to be debated1. The guillotine is a common name for allocation of time motions2. I'm afraid I have no ...

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Is there any difference between a dissident and a whistleblower?
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The terms are not synonymous: A dissident is someone who actively opposes the official policies. While it's true that the term was once used almost exclusively for vocal critics of Eastern bloc ...

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What are the reasons against plural voting?
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There is nothing wrong with plural voting, other than the fact that all historical occurrences of it on a national elections scale were designed to favour certain groups on questionable bases (white ...

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What are the most known examples of weighed voting that are practiced in democratic countries?
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Weighted voting is, simply put, a collective decision making process where votes are explicitly assigned unequal weights. It's actually a quite common approach in international bodies, notably ...

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Did the Greek economy contract more than Syria's in the past decade?
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Apparently, the most recent data for Syria exposed in IMF's World Economic Outlook Database is from 2010. For example, see this query on inflation, for all the countries you mention, from 2000 to 2020....

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Is there any significant political movement in England to get rid of Monarchy?
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The only political party with official representation in government that supports and even calls for the removal of monarchy is the Green Party of England and Wales. A summary of their positions on ...

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What special regulations make Freetown Christiania autonomous?
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Since March 2004, when a massive police raid took place in Christiania, the community has been under constant police surveillance, with regular patrols. The raid, and the blurry status of Christiania ...

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Why is Turkmenistan considered one of the most repressive regimes in the world?
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The Daily Mail article doesn't specify the exact source of the quotes it's using, but I'm pretty sure their source is the Human Rights Watch World Report 2013 on Turkmenistan: Following February 2012 ...

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Is there a post-Castro plan for Cuba?
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Raul Castro's current term ends in 2018, and he has announced it will be his last. His heir apparent is Miguel Díaz-Canel, Cuba's first vice president since February 2013. He was born in 1960, a year ...

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Where have non-consecutive term limits been used? What were the results?
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The President of the Russian Federation is limited by the Constitution to two successive terms, but there's no limit for total terms. The system is currently being exploited by incumbent Vladimir ...

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Why and how did Zambia stop accepting USD as internal currency?
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Zambia stopped accepting any foreign currency when The Bank of Zambia (Currency) Regulations (PDF) came into effect on May 18, 2012. The core requirement of these regulations is that all invoices must ...

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What is the difference between a constitutional law and a law
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A constitution defines the basic framework for a government, its form and the form and relationships of its branches, the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. Furthermore most constitutions ...

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Why are those serving in armed forces prevented from voting in Hong Kong?
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Hong Kong is a special administrative region of the People's Republic of China and does not have its own armed forces. Its military defence is currently the responsibility of a garrison of the PLA, ...

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