SPD narrowly wins German election against Merkel’s CDU but uncertainty remains over next leader
SPD narrowly wins German election against Merkel’s CDU but uncertainty remains over next leader   Germany’s left-leaning Social Democratic Party (SPD) will begin negotiations to form a ruling coalition after preliminary results showed the party narrowly winning the largest share of parliamentary seats following Sunday’s federal election. With all 299 of Germany’s electoral districts reporting, […]
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US-China policy: Biden is bringing together Japan Australia and India to stare down China
US-China policy: Biden is bringing together Japan Australia and India to stare down China     Forget France, AUKUS and nuclear-powered submarines — one of the most important moments for the future of US influence in Asia is due to take place on Friday in Washington. US President Joe Biden is holding the first in-person […]
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Biden holds first call with French President Macron since diplomatic crisis erupted
Biden holds first call with French President Macron since diplomatic crisis erupted     President Joe Biden spoke for the first time Wednesday with French President Emmanuel Macron after a major diplomatic crisis exploded between the two longtime allies over a deal to equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines. In the 30-minute call, Biden appeared to […]
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Malaysia Thailand and Vietnam are leaving their zero-Covid policies behind but they aren’t ready to open up experts warn
Malaysia Thailand and Vietnam are leaving their zero-Covid policies behind but they aren’t ready to open up experts warn   After months of lockdown, parts of Southeast Asia are leaving behind their “zero-Covid” policy and charting a path toward living with the virus — despite experts’ warnings that it may be too early to do […]
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Lionel Messi substituted on home debut as Paris Saint-Germain score late winner
Lionel Messi substituted on home debut as Paris Saint-Germain score late winner   Lionel Messi’s home debut for Paris Saint-Germain was far from how he would have dreamt it, with the Argentine forward being substituted by Mauricio Pochettino in the second half as his side went in search of a winning goal against Lyon. Lucas […]
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Stocks tumble as Wall Street’s fears turn to China
Stocks tumble as Wall Street’s fears turn to China     The Dow and the broader US stock market fell to close sharply lower Monday as Chinese real estate conglomerate Evergrande’s debt crisis made American investors uneasy. It was the worst performance since May for the S&P and the Nasdaq, while the Dow logged its […]
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Explainer: Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine deal is fueling anger in the country. Here’s why
Explainer: Australia’s nuclear-powered submarine deal is fueling anger in the country. Here’s why   The US and UK will be sharing technology and expertise with Australia to help it build nuclear-powered submarines as part of a newly-announced defense pact between the three countries. The move has sparked fury in France, which has lost a long-standing […]
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US Women’s National Team players’ association calls identical contract proposal ‘PR stunts’
US Women’s National Team players’ association calls identical contract proposal ‘PR stunts’     The US Soccer Federation offered the women’s and men’s national teams identical contracts, a proposal that the United States Women’s National Team Players Association (USWNTPA) called “PR stunts.” The sport’s national governing body made the offer to both teams in an […]
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Australia’s decades-long balancing act between the US and China is over. It chose Washington
Australia’s decades-long balancing act between the US and China is over. It chose Washington   For more than 20 years, Australia tried to maintain good relations with both the United States and China. It was good for trade and peaceful regional relations. But on Thursday, with the announcement of a new security deal with the […]
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