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South Sudanese children gather in a refugee camp:  migration pacts may be among the big flashpoints in geopolitics to come. Photograph:  Ashraf Shazly/AFP via Getty Images

Most predictions about the future of technology age badly, but even the least prescient of them can tell us a great deal about the present. If a singl(...)

World greenhouse gas emissions are set to rise 16 per cent by 2030 compared with 2010, based on all the existing climate pledges that have been formally submitted by the 191 parties to the Paris accord. Photograph: iStock

The world’s climate pledges are far off track from meeting the goals of the Paris climate accord, according to a new UN report card that tallies up na(...)

Some 60.4 million Germans are called to elect a new government on September 26th and all polls suggest it will be a tight race. Chancellor Angela Mer(...)

A protest outside Evergrande’s headquarters  in Shenzhen, China

Nine years ago US hedge fund manager Andrew Left, of Citron Research, penned a report on Chinese real estate group Evergrande, claiming the business e(...)

US secretary of state Antony Blinken: “We place fundamental value on that relationship, on that partnership.” Photograph:   Andrew Harnik/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, said France remained a “vital partner” in the Indo-Pacific region in an attempt to calm the fury in Paris o(...)

British prime minister Boris Johnson: One of the myths about him  is that he has moved the Conservatives to the left by abandoning frugality and driving a tax and spend agenda. Photograph: Hannah McKay/PA

Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle has been received at Westminster as an act of untrammelled political sovereignty by a leader who is the master of hi(...)

 French president Emmanuel Macron and Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull on the deck of Australian Navy submarine HMAS Waller in May 2018. File photograph: Brendan Esposito/AFP via Getty Images

Smarting from Australia’s dumping of a deal with France, the European Union laid out its own plans on Thursday to beef up a presence in the Indo-Pacif(...)

Is it possible to have unlived experience? Surely not. Photograph: Getty Images

Of all the moronic tautologies now current, is there a worse one anywhere than “lived experience”? I’m fairly sure the thing it describes is what we u(...)

Wall Street indexes fell on Thursday as an unexpected rise in retail sales pointed to resilience in the economic recovery. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

European stocks rose on Thursday as travel names broke a four-day losing streak after Ryanair lifted its long-term traffic forecast, offsetting concer(...)

Taliban figure Abdul Ghani Baradar. Photograph: Sefa Karacan/Anadolu Agency via Getty

Time magazine’s top 100 global figures for 2021 includes several key individuals from the wider Middle East, including the Taliban’s veteran diplomat (...)

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