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Ghosts of Occupy Haunt the Hong Kong Authorities

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In an echo of 2014, protesters marching en masse in Hong Kong. And this time they might actually achieve their goal.

Iran Ramps Up Uranium Enrichment

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Tehran has followed through on earlier threats to increase uranium enrichment, according to IAEA head Yukiya Amano.

April Data Points to 2Q Slump for UK Economy

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The economic climate leading up to the next big parliamentary battle over Brexit might be very different from the previous one.

Global Forecast (6-11-2019)


Japan releases a verdict on its F-35 crash, Trump backs down on Mexico tariffs, and the renminbi devaluation flirts with a symbolic threshold.

South Africa: Toward another Recession?

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Fresh off an election win, President Cyril Ramaphosa now must try to reverse one of the most severe economic downturns in recent memory.

Rome and Brussels Resume Collision Course

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Irresistible force, meet immovable object.

Mexico: A New Front in the Trump Trade Wars

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A new front has opened in President Trump’s worldwide trade war, and this one is much closer to home.

Sudan Military Clamps Down on Protestors

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Sudan’s military leaders have swapped words for bullets in their ongoing effort to remain at the apex of Sudanese politics.

EU Parliament Elections: Key Takeaways

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EU Parliament results provided no major upheavals, but that doesn’t mean they won’t resonate in national politics across the continent.

Who Will Be the Next EU Commission President?

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Now that the EU Parliament results are in, the real horse-trading for the EU’s top jobs begins.

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