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Greens and NUS to mount electoral assault on Lib Dems

The Liberal Democrats are facing twin electoral assaults from the Green Party and the National Union of Students in the wake of the party's U-turn on tuition fees

Greens and ex-Red fail to gel in France's newest political party

France will gain a new political party this weekend which could, it believes, instantly become an important player in the country's future.

Greens angered over C4 claims they 'caused starvation'

A Channel 4 documentary accusing the green movement of causing mass starvation in Africa by getting it wrong on genetically-modified food has been attacked as "malicious" and "ridiculous" by farm groups on the continent.

Labour outcast Lutfur Rahman wins mayoral election

A candidate for a mayoral election who was dumped by Labour then stood as an independent won the contest with more than half the vote early today.

Brazilian Greens 'neutral' in presidential vote

Brazil's Green Party opted yesterday to remain neutral in the country's 31 October presidential runoff, saying the move could help members gain leverage and participate in the nation's political debate more actively.

Leading article: Green and growing

It looks extremely promising that the Green Party did so well in the Brazilian presidential elections. The Greens had been expected to get around 14 per cent of the vote but got 19 per cent, denying the favourite an outright victory. Brazil is the guardian of the Amazon which is vital to a world haunted by global warming. But the rainforest continues to shrink at the hands of a powerful agribusiness community. The economic future of Brazil, which is predicted to grow by 7 per cent next year, must not be bought at the cost of the environment.

Far-right gains throw Swedish government into turmoil

Sweden faced political turmoil last night following shock general election gains by the country's main far-right party which appeared to have denied the governing centre-right coalition an overall majority.

Britain must adapt to 'inevitable' climate change, warns minister

As experts call for action now, the coalition withholds green funding and appeals to private enterprise

Green Party calls for job-sharing MPs

MP's should be allowed to "job share", the Green Party's leader, Caroline Lucas, said yesterday.

MPs should 'job share' says Green Party MP

MPs should be allowed to "job share", Green Party leader Caroline Lucas said today.

Greens stoke backlash against Merkel's nuclear power extension

Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet met to agree plans to extend the life of Germany's atomic power plants yesterday amid angry protests from anti-nuclear activists and the country's two main opposition parties.

Caroline Lucas: Give the voters real choice

AV may have some advantages over first past the post, but it is unlikely to shake up politics

Leading article: A mixed result for the environment

On the face of it, the failure of the Labor Party, under the leadership of Julia Gillard, to secure victory in the Australian elections is a setback for those who argue that democratic political systems are capable of meeting the immense challenge of climate change.

Now Australia gets a taste of hung parliaments

Australia faces an almost unprecedented period of political uncertainty, after the tightest election in decades failed to produce a clear winner and left the two main parties courting a handful of independent and Green MPs.

Australia PM looks to independents

The leaders of Australia's two major political parties began negotiating power deals with independent lawmakers today after the nation's closest election in decades failed to deliver a clear mandate to govern.

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These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

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Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
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