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Why 2020 underlines UN’s enduring relevance 

  • The United Nations building in New York, U.S., September 24, 2018. (Reuters) The UN is making final preparations for the forthcoming September celebrations of its 75th birthday. While the international body is much criticized, this landmark anniversary shows that it continue...
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Why EU’s historic breakthrough is a major milestone

  • European Union leaders take part in the first face-to-face EU summit since the COVID-19 outbreak, in Brussels, Belgium, July 17, 2020. (Reuters) European presidents and prime ministers on Tuesday secured a breakthrough agreement on an approximately €1 trillion ($1.15 trillio...
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Afghanistan peace hopes remain in the balance

  • Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani speaks during a consultative grand assembly, known as Loya Jirga, in Kabul, Afghanistan, April 29, 2019. (Reuters) Afghan President Ashraf Ghani is this week briefing foreign governments on the preparations for peace talks with the Taliban. Wh...
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Boris’s bluster undermined by inconvenient truths

  • The UK’s multibillion-pound hospitality industry is springing back to life after a four-month coronavirus shutdown, but the country could yet be heading this autumn for a “perfect storm” of coronavirus case spikes and a hard, disorderly Brexit.  With the economy already in its worst down...
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EU likely to focus on positives in China summit

  • Top EU and Chinese leaders are convening virtually on Monday for their only bilateral summit this year. Before coronavirus struck, 2020 had been intended as a historic year to deepen ties, but the pandemic has instead led to a significant spike in tensions. The new chill in the air has aris...
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EU leaders under pressure as bloc approaches crossroads

  • Ursula von der Leyen after being elected European Commission President at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, July 16, 2019. (Reuters) Presidents and prime ministers from the EU-27 countries will convene virtually on Friday to discuss the proposed European recovery fun...
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Johnson doubles down as Brexit deadline approaches

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson delivers an address, May 10, 2020, on lifting the United Kingdom’s lockdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo) British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is preparing for what could be a make-or-break Brexit meeting with EU leaders as soon as next we...
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War unlikely but not unthinkable 75 years on from VE Day

  • Crowds celebrate VE Day in Trafalgar Square, London, 8 May, 1945. (AFP) Friday marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day — a momentous moment in the Second World War, which remains the largest armed conflict in human history. Three-quarters of a century o...
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Why Europe has made boosting Africa ties an urgent priority 

  • Ursula von der Leyen and Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. (Courtesy European Commision) The new European Commission is this week marking its first 100 days in office with key achievements, including a new industrial strat...
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Challenges aplenty as UK and EU ‘get Brexit started’

  • Boris Johnson and the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. (AFP) This week’s first round of EU-UK negotiations on a new trade and wider partnership concludes on Thursday. With the final form of the UK’s departure from the EU still far from clear, this under...
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