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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 (...)

WhatsApp had expected a heavier fine than it received from the DPC.

WhatsApp has issued legal proceedings aimed at setting aside the €225 million fine it was recently handed by the Data Protection Commission (DPC). C(...)

A three-month deal from March 2020 allowed access for public patients to 2,300 beds in private hospitals and cost €287 million. Photograph: iStock

The Health Service Executive (HSE) never used more than 45 per cent of the capacity of private hospitals that was taken over by the State during the e(...)

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