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      Trump points the way to NATO


      The US president told other NATO states to pay more - then joined the Brexit debate. It's left the political establishments in Brussels and London feeling very shaken. Also in this programme/podcast: government troops in Syria re-take the cradle of the revolution; Nigeria replaces India as the country with the most people living in extreme poverty; and the miracle in Thailand that might do the government some good too. (Picture: President Trump at the NATO summit in Brussels. Credit: EPA)


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      The challenge to the EU


      Basic principles of the European Union were threatened this week. A new member, Poland, clashed with it on judges' independence, and old members limited free movement of people. (Picture: Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki speaking at the European parliament. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)


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      Erdogan wins: but has he peaked?


      The Turkish president got re-elected, and with new powers. But is it downhill from here? Economic problems are growing, and he's looking east rather than west. (Picture: Workers hang up a wall-poster of the newly re-elected President Erdogan in Turkey. Credit: EPA)


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      Trump U-turns on migrants


      Outrage at children separated from their parents led the president to reverse policy. Families entering the US illegally will in future be held together. Also in this programme/podcast: the EU fires back in the US trade war; Afghanistan gets a taste of peace; the debate over using cannabis as a medicine; and Eritrea offers a cautious Yes to Ethiopia's olive branch. (Picture: A two-year-old Honduran girl cries as her mother is detained and searched near the US border with Mexico. Credit: Getty)


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      US and N Korea: Heading for Peace?


      Leaders of the two countries had a historic first meeting. What did they achieve? And what happens next? Also in this programme: the attack on Hodeidah in Yemen begins; a US judge clears the way for the birth of a new media giant; Italy slams the door on migrants; and yet another new low in Brexit. (Picture: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and US president Donald Trump at their meeting in Singapore. Credit: Reuters)


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       2018-06-16  24m
       
       

      Putin's Charm Offensive


      The Russian president seems to be trying to woo a Europe which Mr Trump is alienating. Is he pushing at an open door? Also in this programme/podcast: people power topples the prime minister of Jordan; Ethiopia throws open its economy - and offers an olive branch to Eritrea; Egypt says it will stop exporting rice and start importing it; and the mystery of the disappearing First Lady. (Photo: Russian president Vladimir Putin at a news conference in Vienna. Credit: Getty Images)


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       2018-06-09  23m
       
       

      Sparks Fly Over Looming Trade War


      World trade could be at a turning point with President Donald Trump's new tariffs on steel and aluminium imports. How Ukraine's covert operation faking the death of a Russian journalist could play into Russia's hands. Can Italy's new populist Eurosceptic coalition really work together and make waves in the European Union. And we get a personal view on efforts by Starbuck's to eliminate racial prejudice in their coffee shops.


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       2018-06-02  23m
       
       

      Trump: Korea talks in the balance


      The US president cancelled nuclear talks - then said they might happen after all. Is this maverick diplomacy working? Also in this programme/podcast: Italy gets a new prime minister - leading a populist government; Venezuela gets its current president - again; the pest that's eating its way through Africa; and the Trump/Russia probe: flameproof or flammable? (Picture: President Trump speaks to the media outside the White House. Credit: EPA)


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       2018-05-26  23m
       
       

      Palestinians mourn 60 dead


      Israeli troops opened fire on Gaza protestors even as the US opened its Jerusalem embassy. But the days of Arabs rushing to support the Palestinians seem to be over. Also in this programme/podcast: the ebola fever outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo reaches a city; the US Supreme Court lifts the ban on most sports betting; and Meghan Markle - princess of biracial people. (Picture: A Palestinian teenager mourns after he learns his brother is among the dead after the Gaza border...


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       2018-05-19  23m
       
       

      Trump dumps Iran deal


      The president ignored European allies - are old alliances weakening, while a new one forms against Iran? Also in this edition: Argentina throws off decades of hate and starts dealing with the IMF; Armenia gets a new prime minister; the dark secrets behind the high price of vanilla; and it's back to the future in Malaysia as a 92-year-old retired prime minister becomes ... prime minister. {Picture: President Trump displays the document he signed pulling out of the Iran nuclear deal. Credit:...


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       2018-05-12  23m