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Belarus After Lukashenko: The Next Ukraine?

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Anything is possible when Belarus’ long-serving president steps aside, including a repeat of the Ukraine crisis.

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FLASH: European Commission Expected to Reject Italy Budget

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European Commission head Guenther Oettinger has signaled an intention to reject the Italian budget, triggering an inevitable showdown between Rome and Brussels.

Bolsonaro’s Lead Widens in Brazil Run-off Polls

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If recent polls are to be believed, Brazilians will elect an anti-establishment firebrand as president on October 28.

Africa’s Budding Democracies Are Taking Shape, But Not without Challenges

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At a time when democracy appears to be declining globally, positive developments in Ethiopia and Zimbabwe merit a closer look.

Ratings Agency Sounds Alarm on China Debt

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S&P Global has recently warned that hidden, local-level debt in China could be as high as $6 trillion.

DRC Ebola Cases Spike amid Rebel Attacks

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Infections have more than doubled since aid operations were disrupted by a wave of rebel attacks.

FLASH: October Brexit Summit

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Signals abound that the EU and UK are headed toward a hard Brexit.

Iran Nuclear Deal Breakdown: What Does It Mean for European Business?

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Iran nuclear deal stakeholders are scrambling to evade or circumvent looming US sanctions, but there’s one major hurdle they must clear: the US financial system.

Morocco: Saudi Arabia’s Indispensable Anchor in North Africa

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With its relative stability and longtime animus toward Iran, Morocco might just be Saudi Arabia’s trump card in North Africa.

IPCC Report: Demise of the ‘Here-Us-Now’ Civilization

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A new world of consensus and collaboration is not a better place. It is the only way for the human race to survive.

Backgrounder: Ukraine Politics

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A backgrounder on the internal politics of Ukraine, a country caught in an East-West geopolitical crossfire.

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