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Australia’s Trade Minister Steven Ciobo speaking after a meeting for the Trans Pacific Partnership in Vietnam. AAP

The Trans-Pacific Partnership is back: experts respond

Many provisions in the Trans-Pacific Partnership have been suspended after the United States pulled out. But there's still much to debate about the regional free trade agreement.
Protecting the patents of expensive medicines for longer would affect low-income countries. Jason Reed/ReutersPics

Time for costly medicine monopolies to go from TPP trade talks

Negotiators from 11 countries have been racing to resurrect the near-dead Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement before the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit this weekend.
Xi Jinping affirmed that, within a few decades, China would become a prosperous modern socialist society and the world’s most important country. Reuters/Thomas Peter

China’s ambition burns bright – with Xi Jinping firmly in charge

The most important political event of 2017, the 19th Chinese Communist Party Congress, has concluded. And while there was much to digest, one image above all stands out: Xi Jinping’s political dominance…
Virgil reads the Aeneid to Octavia and Augustus. Angelica Kauffmann/Hermitage/Wikimedia Commons

Guide to the Classics: Virgil’s Aeneid

Virgil's epic poem The Aeneid documents the founding of Rome by a Trojan hero. As with other ancient epics, our hero has to remain resolute in the face of significant divine hostility.
The Dove ad published on Facebook, which the company took down after many complaints of racial insensitivity. NayTheMUA/Facebook

Dove, real beauty and the racist history of skin whitening

Beauty brand Dove caused controversy with an ad seemingly showing a black woman turning white after using its body lotion. While Dove removed the ad, it played into the racist history of skin whitening.
This display of Chinese characters represents the Chinese leadership’s ‘Five Major Development Concepts’ ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party. Reuters/Thomas Peter

As China prepares for its Communist Party Congress, what will it mean for the rest of the world?

No-one knows quite how things will play out, but most likely Xi will bend the norms of the party to allow him to place enough supporters in key posts without completely upending the system.
People raise hands during a protest as Catalan regional police officers stand guard outside the National Police station in Barcelona. Reuters/Yves Herman

Catalans and Kurds have a long battle ahead for true independence

Both regions have held independence referendums that have returned overwhelming "yes" votes. But without international support, the road ahead will be a tough one.

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