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May’s quandary in dealing with Trump

  • Craven vassal or serious friend and ally? This question has often haunted visiting British prime ministers as they touch down in Washington to see a new president. With Barack Obama, the fears were that he was anti-British, bitter at British atrocities in Kenya, including against his grandfather...
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Settlements threaten Jerusalem far more than embassy move

  • The frenzied debate about whether President Donald Trump will fulfil his campaign promise to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem has been becalmed momentarily. The king of Jordan has pitched in with a grave warning, as have other Arab and Muslim leaders. In campaign mode Trump left no doubt that h...
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The illusion of safe zones in Syria

  • Safe zones, buffer zones, no-fly zones, no-bomb zones, green zone. Everyone seems to want zones in Syria. Given the apocalyptic humanitarian crisis, who cannot but want a successful, credible safe-zone plan if it means saving thousands of innocent human lives? US President Donald Trump favors t...
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A month of Trump

  • One month down, at least 47 to go. Love him or loathe him, the last 30 days have been an amazing rollercoaster ride with plenty of loop-the-loops, U-turns and reverses. Can the Donald Trump administration keep up this rant-a-day, pell-mell pace for another four years? Foreign leaders must appro...
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Foreign students face uncertain future in UK, US

  • The UK has educated a monarch, president or prime minister from a quarter of the world’s countries. It is 10 times more likely to educate a world leader than the US, producing one leader per 50,000 graduates. That must rank as considerable soft power, assuming that these leaders have enjoyed t...
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Experts matter — Russia proves it

  • Not since the height of the Cold War has Russia so dominated the airwaves. The charge list against Moscow includes the occupation of Crimea, war crimes in Syria and probable interference in Western elections, including in the US, France and Germany. President Vladimir Putin’s strident, assertiv...
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Will this anniversary of the war in Syria be the last?

  • For 72 hours in 2014, the names of 100,000 victims of the Syrian crisis were recited on the White House lawn. If repeated today, it would need well over 300 hours, and perhaps be done in front of the Kremlin as well. As Soviet leader Joseph Stalin was meant to have declared: “A single death is ...
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Two broken unions?

  • British Prime Minister Theresa May will invoke the infamous Article 50 on March 29, formally kicking off divorce negotiations with the other 27 EU member states. Britain will leave the EU, with or without a deal, in March 2019. But this is not the only union under threat, as Scottish First Mi...
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We must unite after the Westminster attack

  • Nowhere else is a more iconic symbol of democratic life than the Houses of Parliament in Westminster, the oldest Parliament anywhere in the world. On Wednesday, it endured a cheap and cowardly assault that led to the death of four innocent people plus the attacker, which brought the total toll ...
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Europe still has no plan to handle refugees

  • Approaching April and warmer temperatures herald yet another spike in those making that perilous lottery of a journey across the Mediterranean from North Africa. Between 2011 and 2016, some 630,000 irregular migrants and refugees reached Italy via the central Mediterranean. So far, 593 people...
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