Globalisation was always about much more than increased trade. Its origins lie in the liberalisation of finance and the weakening of nation states. Photograph: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media via Getty

Is the era of globalisation coming to an end? Are we moving to an increasingly multipolar world? Will existing global institutions be replaced by new (...)

Trump and Xi: for all of the president’s Twitter criticisms of foreign competition, American GDP per head is still more than seven times China’s.  Photograph: Thomas Peter/Pool/Getty

If – and I use that word carefully – there is any substance to Donald Trump’s ideas about global trade it is to be found in the notion that China is s(...)

Deserving of a standing ovation? The cast of Hamilton – Michael Jibson, Terera Giles, Rachel John, Jason Pennycooke and Cleve September – attend the Olivier Awards nominations celebration in London earlier this month. Photograph: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Sitting in the waiting room of a magistrates court among a group of anxious defendants a few weeks ago, I was surprised to find on a plastic bench an (...)

A US marine corps recruit training at Parris Island in South Carolina. One study found marines who failed basic training could pass when supported by a buddy system. Photograph: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images

“Alexander Hamilton. My name is Alexander Hamilton. And there’s a million things I haven’t done. But just you wait, just you wait.” The smash hit m(...)

In this image made from a video provided by Hamilton LLC actor Brandon Victor Dixon who plays Arron Burr,  in “Hamilton” speaks from the stage to Mike Pence after the curtain call in New York on Friday. Photograph: Hamilton LLC via AP

US president-elect Donald Trump has called on the cast of the hip-hop musical Hamilton, currently being staged in New York, to apologise to the vice p(...)

Manuel Miranda, centre, with Daveed Diggs, in Hamilton. Photograph: Sara Krulwich/The New York Times

In May 2009 Lin-Manuel Miranda, the 29-year-old son of Puerto Rican immigrants, was invited to perform at the White House. Instead of singing from hi(...)

A US Library of Congress image of Harriet Tubman, shown between 1860 and 1875.

Move over, Andrew Jackson. Abolitionist and women’s rights crusader Harriet Tubman will replace the former US president on the front of the new $20 bi(...)

Post-shoot, Ferdia has returned to school. But readjusting to civilian life hasn’t been easy: “You’ve worked equally with other adults and suddenly you’re just a kid again. I don’t want to come across as a diva but it’s hard being stuck in a uniform in a room again.  h

If you don’t recognise the name Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, you best start memorising it. The 16-year-old star of Sing Street has recently wowed audiences at(...)

Two first World War medals, two next-of-kin memorial plaques, and a letter from Buckingham Palace

Poignant mementoes recalling the lives of two Dublin brothers – soldiers who died in the first World War – will go under the hammer at John Weldon Auc(...)

The US treasury department, with the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP), expects to unveil the new US$10 note in 2020, the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote. Photograph: Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images

For the first time in more than a century, US paper currency will feature the face of a woman. Treasury secretary Jack Lew said on Thursday a newly r(...)

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