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‘We’re playing Whac-A-Mole’: why the aid system is broken

Calls for drastic overhaul of funding as conflicts and climate crisis drive surge in humanitarian needs and appeals fall shortThe queue for water at Metche, a camp of 40,000 refugees on the Sudan-Chad border, starts at dawn and lasts until sunset. The …

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Rishi who? Sunak slips down pecking order in G20 scramble to court India

The British PM did eventually meet his counterpart at the Delhi summit – but after a day’s wait, and without an impressive photo opRead more: Sunak tells G20: UK will resist ‘hair shirt’ policies on net zero pledge When Rishi Sunak finally got to meet …

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Rishi Sunak rules out quick-fix trade deal with India

Exclusive: Sources believe deal will not be struck before meeting with Narendra Modi at G20 summitRishi Sunak has ruled out a quick-fix trade deal with India, making it impossible to get an agreement over the line in time for this week’s G20 summit in …

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Are debt-for-nature swaps the way forward for conservation?

Agreements to reduce developing countries’ debt burden in exchange for spending on nature will be on the agenda at a finance summit in Paris this weekAfter decades in the wilderness, and familiar to only those in the know, “debt-for-nature swaps” are b…

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Sunak to urge G7 support for collective action against ‘economic coercion’

Leaders expected to form council that will discuss response if states such as Russia and China boycott trade for political reasonsThe UK and other G7 countries are planning collective action against Russia and China if they threaten trade boycotts for …

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If China invaded Taiwan it would destroy world trade, says James Cleverly

UK foreign secretary warns a war across Taiwan strait and likely destruction of semiconductor industry would have global effectsA Chinese invasion of Taiwan would destroy world trade, and distance would offer no protection to the inevitable catastrophi…

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India and Russia in ‘advanced talks’ over free trade agreement

Deal would build closer economic ties as most western states push to isolate Moscow over UkraineIndia and Russia have entered “advanced negotiations” over a free trade agreement that aims to build closer economic ties as most western governments push t…

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Macron arrives in China hoping to talk Xi into changing stance on Ukraine

French leader sees Beijing as possible ‘gamechanger’ and will also discuss European trade on three-day visitEmmanuel Macron has arrived in China for a three-day state visit during which he hopes to dissuade Xi Jinping from supporting Russia’s invasion …

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