Military service is compulsory in South Korea and many deem it unfair that the band’s members have been allowed to put it off.
In recent years, the Chinese government has used scholarships to shape the views of Indonesian Muslim students on issues such as the mistreatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, China.
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In recent years, the Chinese government has used scholarships to shape the views of Indonesian Muslim students on controversial issues such as the mistreatment of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has recently praised the BBC’s work.
A cold war - and the importance of trusted information - is pushing the UK government to revise its attitude to the BBC.
Graffiti by the artist J.Warx in Valencia, Spain.
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It may be soft power, but it still packs a punch.
Vladimir Putin delivers a speech before the start of the first match of the 2018 World Cup at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow.
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Vladimir Putin has built a state-led strategy focused on building power and exerting control across the world, through the use of sport.
For six decades, this quintessentially British character has forged a strong relationship with the continent.
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It’s all about winning in 2022.
The Bui Dam is a tangible reminder of China’s influence in Ghana.
China’s engagement with Ghana was solidified by its willingness to undertake an expensive project Western partners had run away from.
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The competition for soft power is at the heart of the Olympics. This year, the opening ceremony will be crucial for Japan.
But it’s the taking part that counts.
Lake Chad captured from Diffa, Niger.
Where natural resources are shared, in addition to the states, regional and international organisations also have a role to play in steering who gets what.
Russian Sputnik V vaccines arriving at Silvio Pettiross airport in Ciudad Luque, Paraguay, February 2021.
The global vaccine rollout has not been free from geopolitical rivalries and point-scoring.
The Senate voted 84-15 to confirm former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen as the next U.S. Treasury secretary.
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The former Federal Reserve chair has the experience and broad respect to get businesses to move on climate change and to lay the foundation for real and lasting progress.
Riot police block a road entrance during a rally in London in 2011.
Police forces need to negotiate with communities to win back trust or risk getting trapped in a cycle of violence.
Former presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Thabo Mbeki share a light moment at a meeting of the G8 and developing nations in Tokyo in 2000.
Former presidents Obasanjo and Mbeki have arguably made the most important contribution to Africa in the 21st Century by promoting peace, democracy, regional integration and pan-Africanism.
The fantasy of America as a liberal and redempetive global power is fast unravelling.
A group of colleagues taking up the viral #JerusalemaDanceChallenge in Cape Town.
Like Pata-Pata, Homeless and Mbube, the song Jerusalema is elevated by a historical moment in time and has the power to cross over to different audiences.
The club recently saw off one of their biggest challenges in recent years.
City can rest safe in the knowledge that should they win this season’s delayed Champions League competition, they will get the opportunity to defend the title next year.
Chinese President Xi Jinping (right) shakes hands with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian in Beijing on November 6, 2019. Also present is Élisabeth Borne, Minister of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition (left).
China’s attempts to promote its actions and model of governance while discrediting the EU are not a short-term response to the pandemic, but part of a long-term strategy to build its international power.
An RAF aircraft, believed to have carried personal protective equipment from Turkey, lands in Oxfordshire on April 22.
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The show of compassion is part of an attempt by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to revamp Turkey’s international status.