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# need to know
Why you should care about the outcome of the German election today
Spoiler: Because the outcome is so unpredictable, that’s why.
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Pics: Thousands rally in Brazil – but it’s not the first time a sporting event sparks protests
The protests in Brazil this week against the huge costs of hosting the 2014 World Cup follows a tradition of major protests against the World Cup and Olympic Games.
# Aid
9 striking photos from some of the worst crises of the past 40 years
From famine in North Korea to the genocide in Rwanda, these photographs offer an insight into global crises – and how the world has dealt with them.
# Protests
Timeline: How the flags drama unfolded in Northern Ireland
It began with a vote and ended with burnt-out offices, dozens of injuries and arrests, and a sense that a fragile peace had been disrupted.
# Conflict
Explainer: What is happening in Mali?
It is almost three weeks since French and Malian troops began a battle to wrest back the north of the country from Islamist rebels.
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Explainer: Here’s what you need to know about Mali
As tensions surge between France and its former colony Mali, this factfile gives the facts about the country and how the current situation arose.