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Africa’s rising star attracts world powers

  • Mike Pompeo on Saturday began his first trip to Africa as US secretary of state with stop-offs in Senegal, Angola, and Ethiopia.  Yet, while his focus on the continent has been welcomed by allies, it comes after more than three years of US diplomatic neglect of the increasingly important r...
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UK faces a rocky road ahead after Brexit

  • The UK has begun what it asserts will be the country’s most sweeping defense and security review since the end of the Cold War.  But while Prime Minister Boris Johnson is eager to explore the potential opportunities of the post-Brexit landscape, the challenges are mounting too. Two of th...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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