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Rival marches bring Warsaw to a halt

Two rival protest marches have brought tens of thousands of people onto the snowy streets of the Polish capital as the country marks Independence Day.

Two rival protest marches have brought tens of thousands of people onto the snowy streets of the Polish capital as the country marks Independence Day.

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Spain: National Day celebrations - and push-ups too!

The Royal family turned out on Wednesday – and so did the rain – as Spaniards celebrated their National Day with a traditional military parade through Madrid.

The Royal family turned out on Wednesday – and so did the rain – as Spaniards celebrated their National Day with a traditional military parade through Madrid.

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Fireworks in Hong Kong for China National Day

A massive fireworks display took place on Saturday evening over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour to celebrate China’s National Day.

A massive fireworks display took place on Saturday evening over Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour to celebrate China’s National Day.

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Ukraine tension rises as Independence Day nears

A ceasefire is supposed to be in place, but as Ukraine's Independence Day nears, fighting against pro-Russian separatists in the east has intensified.

A ceasefire is supposed to be in place, but as Ukraine's Independence Day nears, fighting against pro-Russian separatists in the east has intensified.

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France closes diplomatic missions in Turkey over security concerns

France has closed its diplomatic missions until further notice in Turkey’s two main cities – Ankara and Istanbul – due to security concerns.

France has closed its diplomatic missions until further notice in Turkey’s two main cities – Ankara and Istanbul – due to security concerns.

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Heirs of the Great Steppe: 550 years of the Kazakh khanate

Kazakhstan is celebrating its ancient roots with around 100 events across the country marking the @550th anniversary of the Kazakh

Kazakhstan is celebrating its ancient roots with around 100 events across the country marking the @550th anniversary of the Kazakh

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Ukraine marks 24 years of independence from Soviet rule

Ukraine is marking 24 years of independence from Soviet rule. There have been ceremonies in the centre of Kiev, including a show of military might

Ukraine is marking 24 years of independence from Soviet rule. There have been ceremonies in the centre of Kiev, including a show of military might

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Who gets the most public holidays in the EU?

France is today putting its feet up to mark Pentecost today – one of a dozen public holidays the country will enjoy in 2015. But how does France –

France is today putting its feet up to mark Pentecost today – one of a dozen public holidays the country will enjoy in 2015. But how does France –

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Seven things to know about England on St George’s Day

Here are seven things to know about England to coincide with the country’s annual celebration, St George’s Day. Great Britain, United Kingdom and

Here are seven things to know about England to coincide with the country’s annual celebration, St George’s Day. Great Britain, United Kingdom and

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Obama first US president to attend India National Day parade

Barack Obama is the first US president to be guest of honour at India's annual Republic Day parade, a flamboyant display of the South Asian nation's military might and cultural diversity.

Barack Obama is the first US president to be guest of honour at India's annual Republic Day parade, a flamboyant display of the South Asian nation's military might and cultural diversity.

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Monaco's National Day gets news of Rainier Twins

It may be a micro-state but Monaco held a big party for its National Day, and Prince Albert had some good news for the crowds as well. He and

It may be a micro-state but Monaco held a big party for its National Day, and Prince Albert had some good news for the crowds as well. He and

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National Flag Day in Azerbaijan & Baku 2015 Games

Azerbaijan celebrates its 5th National Flag Day and the upcoming Baku 2015 European Games – billed as “the first ever major multi-sport event for the

Azerbaijan celebrates its 5th National Flag Day and the upcoming Baku 2015 European Games – billed as “the first ever major multi-sport event for the

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Russia's show of strength on Unity Day

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Moscow to mark Unity Day. This year the parade had a distinct flavour of defiance against the West. Flags

Tens of thousands took to the streets of Moscow to mark Unity Day. This year the parade had a distinct flavour of defiance against the West. Flags

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Turkish president Erdogan unveils his new palace of a thousand rooms

“Let them tear it down if they can. They ordered its suspension, yet they can’t stop this building. I’ll be opening it; I’ll be moving in and using

“Let them tear it down if they can. They ordered its suspension, yet they can’t stop this building. I’ll be opening it; I’ll be moving in and using

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Thousands rally in support of Catalan independence campaign

An estimated half a million people packed the streets of Barcelona on Thursday to call for Catalonia to be separated from Spain. The demonstration

An estimated half a million people packed the streets of Barcelona on Thursday to call for Catalonia to be separated from Spain. The demonstration

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Thousands of Catalans call for choice on split from Spain

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans have taken to the streets of Barcelona to demand the right to vote on separation from Spain. Many are

Hundreds of thousands of Catalans have taken to the streets of Barcelona to demand the right to vote on separation from Spain. Many are

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Catalonia seeks Scottish inspiration

As Scotland’s referendum on independence approaches, separatist politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia hope it could add momentum to their

As Scotland’s referendum on independence approaches, separatist politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia hope it could add momentum to their

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Referendum battle flavours Catalonia's 'Diada' celebrations

September 11 is Catelonia’s “Diada”, its national day. This year as always dignitaries mark the fallen in past disputes. But today’s battle is with

September 11 is Catelonia’s “Diada”, its national day. This year as always dignitaries mark the fallen in past disputes. But today’s battle is with

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Ukraine Independence Day

Ukraine celebrated its independence from the Soviet Union on Sunday. During a ceremony marking Independence Day, President Petro Poroshenko vowed to

Ukraine celebrated its independence from the Soviet Union on Sunday. During a ceremony marking Independence Day, President Petro Poroshenko vowed to

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Big show of support for Orban as Hungary marks uprising anniversary

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Budapest marking Hungary’s National Day and the failed anti-Soviet uprising of 1956. With

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Budapest marking Hungary’s National Day and the failed anti-Soviet uprising of 1956. With

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King Juan Carlos misses Spain's National Parade

Crown Prince Felipe has replaced his ailing father at Spain’s National Day parade – inspecting troops in an austerity-hit show of military

Crown Prince Felipe has replaced his ailing father at Spain’s National Day parade – inspecting troops in an austerity-hit show of military

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Belgium prepares to crown new king

Final preparations are underway in Belgium for Sunday’s abdication of King Albert II. After 20 years on the throne, he is handing over the royal

Final preparations are underway in Belgium for Sunday’s abdication of King Albert II. After 20 years on the throne, he is handing over the royal

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Mali troops march with French military at Bastille Day parade

The annual Bastille Day parade in Paris has been celebrated in hot sunshine – with troops from Mali and 12 other African countries marching along

The annual Bastille Day parade in Paris has been celebrated in hot sunshine – with troops from Mali and 12 other African countries marching along

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Cyprus: Anastasiades takes a bet on casinos

April 1 is Cyprus National Day, an anniversary to commemorate the start of the campaign against British colonial rule. But this year, an economic

April 1 is Cyprus National Day, an anniversary to commemorate the start of the campaign against British colonial rule. But this year, an economic

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Cyprus overshadows Greek Independence Day

There was a sombre atmosphere at Greece’s annual Independence Day parade on March 25 due to worries about the consequences of the banking crisis in

There was a sombre atmosphere at Greece’s annual Independence Day parade on March 25 due to worries about the consequences of the banking crisis in

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Greeks look nervously at Cyprus

Today is normally a day of joyful celebration in Greece, remembering the push for independence from Turkey in 1821, with military parades and a

Today is normally a day of joyful celebration in Greece, remembering the push for independence from Turkey in 1821, with military parades and a