Africa

#BlueForSudan: How a social media trend is sparking a revolution

“Hollywood celebrities, businesses and governments around the world are urging people to pay attention to Sudan’s bloody people-led push for democracy.”

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Why Africa will choose Beijing in ongoing US-China trade war

Africa has been trying to stay neutral during US-China trade war. However, the continent is likely to side with China as it depends on the Chinese tech giant Huawei in terms of technology and communication. Read the article

How to Manage the Threat of an Expanding Islamic State in Africa

Eradicating ISIS in Iraq and Iran would have been a significant achievement if its ideology and brand hadn’t been irrigated in Sub-Saharan Africa. Steven Metz argues that “with a smart strategy, expanded international collaboration and a modest investment of strategic resources,” the threat posed by ISIS can be managed.

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North and Latin America

Brazil’s justice system called into question after damning revelations by The Intercept

Messages leaked by The Intercept have raised fairness questions in Brazil’s Car Wash investigation, which saw former President Lula da Silva convicted in 2017. The leaks suggest that judge Sergio Moro worked illegally with prosecutors to get Lula jailed, barring him from running for presidency last year.

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Reparations for slavery to get a hearing in US Congress next week

“The topic of reparations for slavery is headed to Capitol Hill for its first hearing in more than a decade with the writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover set to testify before a House of Representatives panel.”

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On Friday, millions took to streets to protest Jair Bolsonaro’s neoliberal pension reform

“Major national unions and social organisations strike (again) against President Jair Bolsonaro pension reforms, shutting down capitals and cities across Brazil.”

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Europe

The US-China trade war could become a world danger, warns Bruno Le Maire

Bruno Le Maire, French finance minister, argues that the US-China “trade war would mean an economic crisis all over the world, especially Europe.”

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Emmanuel Macron urges fellow EU leaders to give Britain a Brexit ultimatum on Theresa May’s deal

The French President Emmanuel Macron is going all out for a no-deal Brexit. The pro-Europe president is lobbying his fellow to present Britain with a Take-it-or-leave-it ultimatum over Theresa May’s deal.

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Britain is leaving the European Union, not Europe

Former UK defense secretary and foreign secretary, Malcom Rifking, explains how Britain will still play a big role in continent’s foreign policy after leaving the EU.

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Asia

Why are there protests in Hong Kong?

“Demonstrators in Hong Kong have again blocked key roads and government buildings, with police firing tear gas and rubber bullets in response.” BBC gives the context you need to know.

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The early life of Kim Jong Un

In a new book, the journalist Anna Fifield explains how Kim was able take over the country at the age of twenty-seven and govern with “ruthlessness” and “surprising adroitness.”

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Gulf of Oman tanker attacks: Iran calls US accusation ‘unfounded’

For the second time in a month, tankers have been damaged in the Gulf. And Iranian leaders have ‘categorically rejected’ US claims that Iran is responsible for the attacks.

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