In France, following protests against new labour laws, demonstrators have been gathering in squares in Paris and other major cities, occupying them for several nights. Many see this as the beginning a of a new and durable political movement.
Half of Italian voters backed populist parties Sunday and it's not the first EU member state to head in this direction. The results show a clear shift in the political landscape, says Bernd Riegert.
Two populist groups have emerged as the main forces in Italian politics following the March elections. The Five Star Movement has developed out of a protest group and the League has stepped up to head the center-right.
In a first verdict of its kind, a Pakistani court sentenced a man to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook. But rights groups say the government is using blasphemy as an excuse to muzzle free speech in the country.
Venezuela's Supreme Court has said it will begin preliminary proceedings against Ortega next week. One of the government's most high-profile critics, Ortega is accused of failing to respect the court's decisions.
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