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What’s been happening around the world and why it matters

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What’s been happening around the world and why it matters




No laughing matter: the truce on trade

China and the US said they would delay hiking tariffs. But a second trade war is in play. And a high-profile arrest is complicating matters. Also in this edition: the US gives Russia 60 days to resume complying with a key nuclear treaty; Cuba increases internet access for mobile phones; more bloody noses for the British government over Brexit; President Macron's first big U-turn; and why we aren't paying enough attention to religious persecution in the Middle East. (Picture: Presidents Xi...


Russia seizes Ukraine navy vessels

Moscow took the vessels and their crew in waters off the coast of occupied Crimea. Neither Russia nor Ukraine is showing any sign of backing down. Also in this edition: the leaderless protestors challenging President Macron of France; new warnings on climate change; Theresa May tries to sell her Brexit deal to Britain; why African art is heading home; and should tourists visit tribal areas? (Picture: Two of the seized Ukrainian navy vessels being held in the port of Kerch. Credit: AFP/Getty)


China and US: not building bridges

Their contest for power and influence attained a new intensity this week. The US is trying to limit China's reach in the Asia-Pacific region. Also in this edition: Trump chooses Saudi Arabia over Turkey; the fight against malaria hits a wall; how Russia's people are paying the price for the government's foreign adventures; and an unexpected possible upside to Brexit. (Picture: a building worker looks at a China-funded bridge in the Maldives. Credit: Reuters)


May says: We have a deal

The UK prime minister said she had reached a draft agreement with the EU on Brexit. The announcement provoked fury - from Brexiteers and remainers alike. Also in this edition: why a peace deal in Gaza led to the Israeli defence minister resigning; the Ethiopian prime minister purges the military old guard; Tanzania buys up all the cashews; and Trump's bad weekend in Paris. Is the bromance over? Image: Theresa May makes a statement outside 10 Downing Street, London, confirming that Cabinet...


US Now Eyes 2020

For him or against him, Donald Trump dominates the politics of the US midterm elections, and enhances his chances for re-election in 2020; the future of the investigation into links between the Trump administration and Russia in the last presidential race comes into doubt after the president sacks his attorney general; Iran says it will defy American sanctions targeting its oil industry, but are sanctions as an effective tool as they used to be? And how commemorations to mark the end of...