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The WHO has been criticised for being slow to recognise the scale of the COVID-9 pandemic. We suggest a new protocol on infectious diseases to help with faster data collection and more open sharing.
A 19th-century engraving depicts the Angel of Death descending on Rome during the Antonine plague.
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Societies and cultures that seem ossified and entrenched can be completely upended by pandemics, which create openings for conquest, innovation and social change.
European Council President Charles Michel (R) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen speak as they attend a news conference following a virtual summit with Chinese President in Brussels, on June 22, 2020.
Long lenient toward China, Europeans have recently taken a firmer approach. Beijing's conduct during the Covid-19 pandemic and its general intransigence have had a lot to do with this.
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The racial unrest in the US has drawn accusations of hypocrisy and questions on democratic legitimacy from around the globe, world, including those in Indo-Pacific.
African policymakers should strenuously safeguard their right to choose from the widest possible range of technology options that suit their countries’ development needs.
The US and its allies are demanding answers over how COVID-19 became a pandemic. But instead of pointing fingers at China, the inquiry should focus on scientific clues to help us thwart future disasters.
Members of a medical assistance team from Jiangsu province at a ceremony marking their departure after participating in the fight against Covid-19 in Wuhan, March 19, 2020.
China is seeking to present itself as a model in the fight against the coronavirus – even if it means rewriting the history of the crisis and discrediting the governance of liberal democracies.
Suffering from sanctions, Russia is trying produce more and gain market share.
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Has the world entered an era of ultra-low prices? An energy scholar argues that a long period of low oil prices will set the U.S. – and globe – back on the economy and the environment.
Demonstrators filled the streets in Port-au-Prince last month, denouncing corruption in their government and calling for President Jovenel Moïse to resign.
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Haiti is embroiled in turmoil once again as people flock to the streets to protest rampant corruption in their government. But what are the roots of the problem?
A protester wearing a Guy Fawkes mask flashing a victory sign in Beirut in November 2019.
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Wars don't produce winners and losers – they never really did.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan shake hands during a joint press conference following their talks in the Black sea resort of Sochi on October 22, 2019.
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The EU’s rhetoric after Turkey’s military incursion in Syria has not been backed by concrete action or a persuasive engagement with Erdogan’s government.
The Huawei Cyber Security Lab in Donggguan, Guangdong Province, specializes in cyber counterattacks.
China and the United States are not at war, but cyberspace has created opportunities for intelligence gathering, influence and sabotage that are already taking place.
Japanese Prime Minister’s Cabinet reshuffle reveals his strategy for final two years in office.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's Cabinet reshuffle is an exercise in illusion. Yet it reveals some unwelcome truths about his political present - and future.
The attack on the Abqaiq oil facilities in Saudi Arabia has sparked geopolitical tensions but has had only a minor impact on oil prices.
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Energy-wise, the fallout from the attack on Saudi oil facilities has so far been very muted. The surge in oil production in the US over the past decade helps explain why.
Members of Free West Papua Campaign Netherlands protest over the situation in Indonesia’s Papua and West Papua provinces, on September 6 2019.
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Indonesia's strategic position in today’s geopolitical configuration explains the lack of response internationally.
Ships and boats sailing toward the Strait of Hormuz.
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A fifth of the world's oil travels through the narrow waterway.
Scientists have pieced together Game of Thrones’ geology as the show draws last breath on television.
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Even in this fantasy world, geological processes like tectonic plate movement, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions would have built the mountains, carved the rivers, and created vast oceans.
The race is on to find a new head of the World Bank following Jim Yong Kim’s resignation.
The power dynamics in the World Bank have changed dramatically.
The presidents of Russia and Egypt.
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Russia's efforts to sow discord, discontent and chaos extend far beyond the US, including into leading media outlets in the Arab world.
A sculpture of an oil pump held by a human hand stands outside the headquarters of Venezuela’s state-owned oil company.
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Can a new government, perhaps by shoring up democracy and oversight, harness this commodity for peace and prosperity?