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African history European history

Mers el-kebir or how to sink an ally’s fleet

In World War II, the British didn’t hesitate long before sinking the French Navy to prevent it from falling into German hands.

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African history Colonial history European history

60 years ago, a former personal possession gained independence

The story of the Belgian Congo after independence is marked by many problems typical for Africa.

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African history Sports affairs

Post-Apartheid South Africa wins Rugby World Cup

South Africa’s unexpected win of the 1995 Rugby World Cup raised hopes that have not been fulfilled.

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African history African politics

Groote Schuur Minute: De Klerk and Nelson Mandela write history

The negotiations which began in May 1990 between J.W. De Klerk and Nelson Mandela were the beginning of the end of apartheid in South Africa.

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African history European history

The death of Mussolini and the end of fascism in Europe

Benito Mussolini, a former Socialist and the father of Fascism, founded an ideology which is often misinterpreted by his political opponents.

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African history Asian history

20 years ago: Jiang Zemin the first Chinese leader to visit South Africa

The long-lasting triangle relationship between South Africa, China and Taiwan ended when Peking and Pretoria established diplomatic relations in 1998.