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Pakistan: A risky estrangement

The decision by the United States to suspend almost $1 billion in security aid to Pakistan may have been accompanied by President Donald Trump’s trade(...)

DAX board at the stock exchange in Frankfurt, January 10th, 2018. Photograph: Reuters

Global bond yields rose after Bloomberg reported that Chinese officials were said to be wary of American government debt, further roiling a bond marke(...)

The signing ceremony between the Malaysian government and Ocean Infinity Limited at the Transport Ministry building, in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Wednesday. Photograph: Fazry Ismail/EPA

Malaysia signed a deal on Wednesday to pay a US seabed exploration firm up to $50 million (€42m) if it finds the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft MH(...)

French president Emmanuel Macron and Chinese president Xi Jinping shake hands after a joint press briefing at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Photograph: Mark Schiefelbein/Getty Images

President Xi Jinping and Emmanuel Macron sealed a flurry of multimillion euro business deals during the French president’s first official visit to Chi(...)

Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korea’s unification minister (L) and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of North Korea’s Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, shake hands  during a meeting in the DMZ in Paju, South Korea. Photographer: KPPA/Bloomberg

North Korea has offered to send a taekwondo martial arts team, cheerleaders and high-ranking officials to the Winter Olympics in South Korea next mont(...)

Increases in air traffic to Ireland will bring more than 30 new routes to Dublin, Cork, Shannon, Kerry, Ireland West, Belfast City and Belfast In(...)

The United States and the United Kingdom, both in the grip of political chaos at home, are also in retreat on the world stage. In Germany, a reluctant(...)

People fish for trout on a frozen river during the Ice Festival in Hwacheon, south of the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters People fish for trout on a frozen river during the Ice Festival in Hwacheon, south of the demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the two Koreas. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

South and North Korea will hold talks on Tuesday at the truce village of Panmunjom by the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between the two rivals, as optimism(...)

People walk past the mascots of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Soohorang and Bandabi, in Seoul, South Korea. Photograph: Chung Sung-jun/Getty Images

North Korea’s representative at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has said the country expects to send a figure-skating pair to compete at the(...)

The chief foreign beneficiary of Donald Trump’s insularity was Vladimir Putin, who has used his new strength in the Middle East as a springboard to bring Russia back to the geopolitical top table.  Photograph: Mikhail Klimentyev/AFP/Getty Images
Demons unleashed

Across the western world in 2017, the defining ideological divide was not between left and right, but open versus closed. It was that cleavage – natio(...)

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