China – The untold story of the world’s largest church

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch...
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Weaving a ‘new tapestry’: When May met Macron

Rarely have France and Britain prospered concurrently. From the Normans to Napoleon, France and Britain have traded global influence for centuries. Not much has changed aside from the scale of the power. The rhetoric was...
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Could March’s election see Italy leave the euro?

A 19 year old Italian would have been the same age as the euro when Sergio Mattarella, Italy’s president dissolved parliament to call an election on the 28 December. As the upcoming general election...
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Bolivia: Will Evo Morales cling to power thanks to a controversial Supreme Court ruling?

On 3 December, Bolivians took to the ballot boxes and the streets to express their discontent at a controversial Supreme Court (Tribunal Constitucional Plurinacional, TCP) ruling made last week. The court's decision allows incumbent...
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Chechen leader threatens to resign once again

Ramzan Kadyrov, Head of the Chechen Republic, surprised many in Russia on Monday by declaring that it was his “dream” to relinquish the responsibilities of power. Kadyrov told news channel Rossiya 24: "Once there was a...
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Kenya’s Autumn of electoral discontent

President Uhuru Kenyatta has, belatedly, been sworn in for a second term in office in Kenya. His victory was hard won, and not without controversy. The two recent polls that have taken place in Kenya...
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UK Budget: Hammond’s speech does little to allay gloom

The chancellor Philip Hammond released the first Budget of the new parliament on Wednesday, pledging to resolve the gaping issues in the UK’s housing market. The first budget of a parliament is often an opportunity...
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COP 23: Do the Paris climate agreements have a future?

Without any additional policy to regulate greenhouse gas emissions, it is probable that the world will face a temperature rise of 3°C or more in the coming decades - with catastrophic effects for the environment and...
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It’s the ideology, stupid: understanding US tax reform

Keenly overseen by unfettered commentary from the Presidential Twitter pulpit, the United States House of Representatives voted to pass a bill on Friday that will rearrange the corporate and private citizens’ federal tax structures...

Chilean elections explained: Piñera likely to secure second round victory

On 19 November, Chile will vote to elect a new president, as well as half of the Senate, 250 national deputies and 270 provincial legislators. The most likely scenario is that no candidate secures...

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The Benalla scandal that could undo President Macron

Just a month ago, French President Emmanuel Macron was enjoying his country’s World Cup triumph in Russia. A week later, French newspaper Le Monde...
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On 25 July 2018, Samuel Shali Nghihepa, a sergeant in the Namibian Police Special Reserve Force Division, murdered his ex-girlfriend, Alina Kahehongo, in full view...