1. Ireland, Norway and Spain to recognize Palestinian state
- Ireland, Norway and Spain will recognise a Palestinian state.
- Spain and Ireland said the decision was in support of peace.
- Israel reacted angrily, warning against more instability in the region and recalling its ambassadors.

2. Baltic concerns over Russian plan to move sea borders
- There have been calls for calm in Finland and the Baltic states after a draft Russian decree proposed revising its borders in the Baltic Sea.
- Latvia was trying to clarify the situation, but Lithuania warned that the Kremlin was aiming to target a provocation.
- Political leaders were watching the situation closely.

3. South Africa in eight charts ahead of crucial vote
- South Africa goes to the polls amid concerns about unemployment, high crime rates and power cuts.
- The African National Congress has been the dominant political force since it successfully led the struggle against the white-minority government and apartheid.
- If the opinion polls are correct then this could be a new phase in the country's politics.
1. Ireland, Norway and Spain to recognize Palestinian state
- Ireland, Norway and Spain have announced they will formally recognise a Palestinian state from 28 May.
- Spain and Ireland said the decision was not against Israel nor in favour of Hamas, but rather in support of peace.
- Israel reacted angrily, warning the move would mean more instability in the region and recalling its ambassadors to all three countries.

2. Baltic concerns over Russian plan to move sea borders
- There have been calls for calm in Finland and the Baltic states after a draft Russian decree proposed revising its borders in the Baltic Sea.
- Latvia said it was trying to clarify the situation, but Lithuania warned that the Kremlin was aiming to intimidate its neighbours with a targeted provocation.
- The Finnish President said political leaders were watching the situation closely.

3. South Africa in eight charts ahead of crucial vote
- South Africa goes to the polls amid concerns about unemployment, high crime rates and power cuts.
- The African National Congress has been the dominant political force since it successfully led the struggle against the white-minority government and the racist legal system known as apartheid.
- If the opinion polls are correct then this could be a new phase in the country's politics.

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