Britain evicted about 2,000 people from the Chagos Islands in the 1960s and 1970s [File: Andrew Winning/Reuters]

The UN’s highest court has called on Britain to quickly cede control over a chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, the largest of which houses a strategically important United States military base, to Mauritius.

In a non-binding opinion issued on Monday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said the United Kingdom had illegally split the

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