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French police stand guard outside the national soccer stadium Benoit Tessier/Reuters

Paris: the war with IS enters a new stage

Under pressure in the Middle East, ISIS is turning to terrorism in Europe with a new set of predictable goals.
The US-led TPP and Obama’s ‘Asia pivot’ will face certain challenges against Xi Jinping’s ambitions of a new order established through the Chinese-led AIIB. Bloomberg Pool/EPA

Competing visions for the Asia-Pacific could yet complement each other

The US and China may have competing ambitions for the Asia-Pacific in the shape of the TPP and AIIB, but they may not be as incompatible as we have first believed.

When worlds collide

The meeting between the leaders of China and the United States has rapidly become the gold standard for set-piece diplomatic extravaganzas. Xi Jinping and Barack Obama are, after all, the two most powerful…
Reports suggest President Xi will meet with US tech leaders this week. Will that overshadow his meeting with President Obama? Reuters

Why the US has little to fear from Chinese leaders meeting with tech titans

While the timing of the planned forum is not ideal, it continues a long tradition of Chinese leaders engaging with US tech leaders and may prove beneficial to overall relations.
The tallest mountain in the US is again called Denali. Jonathan Ernst/REUTERS

In Alaska, it’s always been Denali

For millennia, the Koyukon Athabascan have called the 20,000-foot mountain "the tall one."
The lawsuit accuses the US government of knowing about the harmful effects of greenhouse emissions for 50 years, but failing to stop them rising. EPA/Justin Lane/AAP

Teens sue Obama over climate, asking why future generations' rights are not respected

The US government is being sued by teenagers who say it hasn't done enough to protect future generations from climate change. The case raises the crucial question of how we weigh up society's future rights.
Conventional wisdom says Barack Obama will hit political obstacles on the way to fulfilling his climate ambitions. But they might be easier to sidestep than you think, EPA/Michael Reynolds/AAP

Forget the hostile Congress – Obama can cut global climate deals on his own terms

Much has been made of the domestic political roadblocks between US President Barack Obama and climate action. But by using existing treaties he can get around the hostile Congress and help cut global emissions.

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