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Economics Nobel Prize 2019: Why Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer won

Their work, and substantial amounts of research that followed it, established evidence on fighting poverty in many developing countries.

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Why Brexit talks have stalled over Boris Johnson’s plans for the Irish border

If returned to power, then Boris Johnson will be able to finally escape the constraints put on him, by parliament and by the EU, and make Brexit happen.

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Turkish attack on Syria endangers a remarkable democratic experiment by the Kurds

Turkey’s goal is to create a buffer zone separating Syria’s Kurds from the Turkish border.

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For Russia, talk of Donald Trump impeachment is the gift that keeps on giving

Even in defending Donald Trump, the Russian establishment casts him as far more vulnerable than their own leader.

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Donald Trump decision to withdraw troops from Syria opens way for dangerous Middle East power play

The situation along the Turkish-Syria border is, by any standards, an explosive mix.

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China is positioned to lead on climate change as the US rolls back its policies

China has positioned itself as a global leader on climate action through aggressive investments and a bold mix of climate, renewable energy, energy efficiency and economic policies

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In Brazil’s rainforests, the worst fires are likely still to come

Without a restoration of environmental policy in Brazil, the worst fires are yet to come.

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UK general election: when and how could it happen?

Boris Johnson and his allies would prefer the vote to happen before October 31 – the date the UK is currently due to leave the European Union

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UK general election? If so, here’s what the polls are telling us

The Brexit Party will not take seats in a snap election, but it could easily stymie the Conservatives’ chances of winning.

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Canada could slow the accelerating nuclear arms race

The destructiveness of nuclear weapons has been obvious since August 1945, when the US dropped nuclear bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

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How a century-old dispute between Japan and South Korea adds to global trade uncertainty

Both Japan and South Korea are integral to the world economy and disruptions will have spillovers that will go beyond the two antagonists.

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Why increasing Arab-Israeli closeness matter

The Saudi government has attempted to become the Arab world’s major power by using its economic clout

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How China benefits from the Hong Kong protests

If the conflict between the police and citizens resumes and the political system destabilizes, China can swoop in and try to remake Hong Kong in its own image.

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G7 Summit throws up plenty of debate, but little compromise

The 2019 G7 Summit was like an Agatha Christie play, full of shocks, tensions, surprise reveals and difficulties.

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Why are Amazon fires so damaging and how can we stop them

Addressing these challenges requires integrated national and global actions, collaboration between scientists and policymakers, and long-term funding

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