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COMMENT: New world order 2.0

COMMENT: By Richard N. Haass In a globalised world, a global operating system premised solely on respect for sovereignty is inadequate For nearly four centuries, since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 ended the Thirty Years’ War in Europe, the concept of sovereignty – the right of countries to an …

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Trump’s White House: Five takeaways from Monday

Washington, United States | AFP |  President Donald Trump returned to Washington Monday from a weekend trip to his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida — stopping off at a US military base where he made the provocative, and unexplained, claim that the media was deliberately disregarding jihadist attacks. Meanwhile on the …

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Tech sector leads resistance to Trump travel ban

Washington, United States | AFP | A coalition led by some of the world’s biggest tech firms is taking on President Donald Trump’s travel ban, signaling the contentious relationship between the sector and the White House could be about to get worse. Scores of technology giants — including Apple, Facebook, …

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Battle over Trump’s immigration order: what we know

Washington, United States | AFP |  A US appeals court has rejected a government request to immediately reinstate President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban — the latest twist in what could be a long, high-stakes legal battle. Here are the main facts about Trump’s executive order and the court action …

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World’s longest flight lands in New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand | AFP | The world’s longest commercial flight landed in New Zealand Monday with the arrival of Qatar Airways’s 14,535 kilometres (9,032 miles) Doha-Auckland service, the airline announced. “We’ve officially landed in Auckland,” the airline tweeted as flight QR920 landed at 7.25am (1825 GMT Sunday), five minutes …

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CORRUPTION: Mass demos force Romania gov’t climbdown

Bucharest, Romania | AFP | Romania’s premier announced Saturday a dramatic climbdown on legislation that had been seen as a retreat on corruption, after the biggest protests since dictator Nicolae Ceausescu was toppled and executed in 1989. Demonstrators vowed to keep up the pressure on the government, however, after five …

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Beyonce takes over internet with twins news

New York, United States | AFP | Beyonce is pregnant — and this time, she’s expecting twins with her husband, rap mogul Jay Z. The pop superstar — who already has a five-year-old daughter, Blue Ivy, with Jay Z — announced the news to her more than 92 million followers …

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