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Russia looks ahead to life without Putin

  • With the Russian presidential campaign entering the final straight, Vladimir Putin will give his 2018 state-of-the-union address on Thursday. The set-piece speech to parliament, timed days before his certain re-election on March 18, comes as national political attention is increasingly shifting...
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Last act in the Brexit pantomime? Oh no it isn’t…

  • Protesters hold banners as they participate in anti-Brexit demonstration march in central London, Britain January 12, 2019. (Reuters) In one of the most important UK political moments of the postwar era, the House of Commons will vote on Tuesday on the Brexit withdrawal deal. Thus begin...
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How the Brexit ‘backstop’ may scotch May’s withdrawal deal 

  • Theresa May during a visit to Belfast after MPs voted for an amendment on the backstop in her Brexit plan. (Reuters) Albert Einstein is sometimes credited with having said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results....
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Johnson hoping ‘Boris bounce’ lasts until election day

  • With the UK having one of the highest per capita death rates from the coronavirus pandemic and an economy hit harder than almost any G20 country, many had anticipated that Prime Minister Boris Johnson would be languishing in the polls. However, one of the current surprises of British politics i...
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COVID-19: No one is safe until all are safe

  • While financial markets and many people in wealthy industrialised countries appear to believe that the pandemic is over, it is in fact accelerating globally and the worst may be yet to come, as the tragedy in India underlines.   The worldwide death toll passed 3 million in April, an...
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World watching as ‘freedom day’ flops in England

  • As England casts aside almost all its remaining coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the world is watching the experiment to see whether it shows a pathway back to “normality” or a new warning that even heavily vaccinated countries are not out of the crisis. England’s Chief Medical Officer, C...
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COVID-19 demands a new global response

  • As temperatures fall in the West with another difficult autumn and winter pandemic season ahead, the debate is hotting up over global vaccines distribution with many developing countries still having low vaccination rates.   Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown turbocharged th...
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Boris living on borrowed time

  • The adage that a cat has nine lives may well apply to Boris Johnson, who has defied political gravity for much of his career as an MP, London mayor, and prime minister.  After what have been his worst weeks in 10 Downing Street, Johnson may have relinquished up to eight of those nine liv...
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Why cities still want to host the Olympic Games

  • Many governments still perceive that hosting major sporting events commands huge national prestige, but that assessment may be sorely tested in February with the mounting challenges facing the Winter Olympics in Beijing. This is the latest sporting contest to be plagued by political and wider...
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Two years of COVID-19 show we still need a better global response

  • Two years after the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 crisis to be a pandemic, it is clear that significant policy mistakes were made in 2020 and 2021 that might have significantly extended its duration. Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is one of the most vocal critics of pa...
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