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Ilkay Gundogan looks to banish Champions League blues with glory in Portugal

  • There is a moment of reflection as Ilkay Gundogan casts his mind back to when the Champions League forever forged a place in his heart. To Zinedine Zidane’s stunning volley that sealed Real Madrid’s triumph against Bayer Leverkusen in 2002. And three years earlier to Manchester United’s drama...
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Biden’s assertiveness on China, Russia adds to superpower rivalry

  • For nearly two months following his inauguration, things were progressing according to plan for new American President Joe Biden. After a shaky transition period, Biden’s early days in the White House were mostly concerned with repairing the damage caused by his predecessor as he embarked on a ...
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The Line fulfills humankind’s need to change

  • Saudi Arabia’s newly unveiled The Line project has been three years in the making, from design and concept to announcement. It will serve multiple purposes, but the most important is in terms of its role in the Kingdom’s future hopes and vision. The Line, construction of which is to begin by ...
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The real cost of lockdown

  • The IMF has estimated the cost to the global economy of the pandemic to have been $28 trillion this year, while successive lockdowns are thought to have reduced economic activity in concerned economies by up to 33 percent. The effects of the pandemic on business and trade, though unprecedente...
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Are the wheels coming off  the Brexit train?

  • With the UK Parliament heading into another big week of Brexit votes, fears are growing in Brussels about the slow pace of exit negotiations with London;  so much so that there is growing speculation within the EU 27 about whether the UK’s formal leaving date may be postponed from Mar...
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Assad is underestimating the obstacles to victory

  • It is indisputable that the Syrian war has turned decidedly in President Bashar Assad’s favor. Nonetheless, his claim last week that the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) is “the only problem left” in terms of his repeated vow to retake the whole country is overly optimistic. There are three major...
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Partnership between Masayoshi Son and Saudi Arabia not just about the money

  • When the mighty Economist devotes a four-page special briefing and its top opinion leader to one subject, you have to sit up and take notice. The movers and shakers who read the influential magazine demand the best analysis. Last week, it focused on the current situation at SoftBank, the Japan...
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What Turkey’s snap elections will mean for foreign policy

  • The question of whether there was going to be early elections, and when they might take place, has been occupying the minds of many Turks for some time. Now they, and those who follow events in the country, have an answer. On April 18, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that there...
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The listing that frustrates Pakistan’s lobby for NSG

  • Pakistan is lobbying for obtaining full membership of the Nuclear Supplier Group (NSG). It is persuading the international community that it qualifies for the Group membership. However, a few members of the NSG, including the United States, are frustrating Islamabad’s struggle to secure the...
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Indecisive elections mean Europe is not out of the woods

  • On Sunday morning, the German Social Democratic Party (SPD) announced the result of its members’ vote on whether or not it should enter into another grand coalition with Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its sister party the Christian Social Union (CSU). On the same day,...
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