Controversial football club from separatist Transnistria reaches Champions League
Fans of European giants Real Madrid and Inter Milan will see their teams face unusual competition this autumn: a club from a tiny separatist region in one of Europe's least known countries, Moldova. After a couple of failed attempts, Sheriff FC is making its debut in the group stage of Europe's top football competition this year, becoming the first team ever from the ex-Soviet country to reach the Champions League itself. Sheriff FC hails from Transnistria, a Russian-speaking region which broke away from Moldova after a brief civil war following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Nigeria: Biafra separatist leader faces trial after arrest
Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of a Biafran pro-independence group has been returned to Nigeria years after fleeing a trial. The spectre of full-scale civil war hangs over recent violence in the region.
Spain's Catalan region rocked by third day of violent unrest
Catalonians enraged over the imprisonment of separatist leaders are presenting Madrid with one of its biggest challenges in months. The latest violence came as protesters began a three-day march to the regional capital.
In Yaoundé, displaced English-speaking Cameroonians dream of peace
The separatist crisis in the English-speaking regions of northwest and southwest Cameroon has left 530,000 people displaced. A national dialogue to resolve the conflict began in the country's capital of Yaoundé on September 30. Displaced Cameroonian anglophones in Yaoundé share their thoughts on the national dialogue.