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Theresa May survives confidence vote, but Brussels is in charge now

What happens next is crucial not only for the prime minister and the country but also the public’s faith in the nation’s democracy.

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Why the Indian Ocean region might soon play a lead role in world affairs

Countries in the region need to collaborate to build economic strength and address geopolitical risks, and there is a logical leadership role for India, being the largest player in the region.

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Andy Murray: Breaking away from sport’s ‘no pain, no gain’ culture

Sport sociologists have identified that what is known as a culture of risk dominates the professional sport.

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US-Mexico wall: If Trump declares a national emergency, could Congress or the courts reverse it?

If the president moves ahead with a plan to declare a national emergency as a way to free up money for construction of a border wall, all eyes should be on Congress.

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Why Brexit is causing turmoil for the pound and other markets

Investors are moving their assets from UK stocks to safer assets, such as gold, government bonds and to other currencies that may actually benefit from the ongoing uncertainty in the UK.

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Brexit row: What does the latest parliamentary upset mean for Theresa May?

It is clear evidence of opposition to a no-deal Brexit and a growing consensus around the need for a clear decision to be expressed by parliament on a suitable alternative to the deal currently on…

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Why Donald Trump will likely lose the government shutdown

When the government is closed, history shows the president will be held accountable.

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What latest defection tells us about hopes for peace on Korean peninsula

While North Korea tends to highlight its will to halt rather than dismantle its nuclear capability, the US wants more before it invests economically.

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Need to solve a border dispute? Look to Ethiopia and Uzbekistan

The impasses created by the Irish border question in the Brexit negotiations and Trump’s border wall have created a political crisis, poisoned politics, and fanned xenophobia.

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Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has got the environmentalists worried

Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet do seem to view environmental concerns as an obstacle to development.

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China lands on the far side of moon – here is the science behind the mission

This is the first time ever that anyone has landed a probe on the far side of the moon. The far side of the moon differs from the near side in having far less area covered by dark lava flows

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What James Mattis's resignation means for Syria, Afghanistan and NATO

The catalyst for James Mattis’s departure was Trump’s abrupt decision to withdraw all 2,000 US troops from Syria. But the list of his concerns about Trump is far

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Is there a way back for Jose Mourinho?

Though Mourinho’s record in numerous countries certainly entitles him to a sense of satisfaction, his self-aggrandisement appears to know no limits.

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Pakistan’s privatisation dilemma as it seeks IMF bailout

Seeking an IMF bailout for its balance-of-payments crisis, Imran Khan’s government in Pakistan has already devalued its currency, hiked utility rates and imposed new taxes

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Shockwaves from French ‘yellow vest’ protests felt across Europe

His government lost the middle class after passing tax policies perceived to favour the wealthy. More broadly, Macron’s governing style seems ill-suited to his bold vision of re-inventing politics…

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