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Did the UK steal the Chagos Islands?

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British Prime Minister Theresa May is defying a United Nation’s ruling that said Britain's occupation of the Chagos Islands is illegal and that it should hand over the Indian Ocean archipelago to Mauritius. May’s government calls the ruling an “advisory opinion” because it is a non-binding resolution. During the 1960s, while decolonising Mauritius, Britain split the Chagos Islands off and held on to it. About 2,000 Chagosians were then deported from their homes on the island of Diego Garcia in the early 1970s so that the United States could build a military base. The islanders have never been allowed to...
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