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US funding delays hurt the Pacific – but there are bigger worries | Terence Wesley-Smith and Gerard Finin

Pacific leaders are increasingly concerned that Washington’s actions in the region conflict with their objectivesA delay by the US in providing crucial funding to Pacific Island nations is fuelling concern in the region – but questions about the compet…

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Biden ‘privately defiant’ over chaotic 2021 Afghanistan withdrawal, book says

The Internationalists details how the president was determined to leave a country in which 2,324 US troops were killed since 2001Joe Biden is “privately defiant” that he made the right calls on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan in summer 2021, a new b…

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China’s human rights record criticised at UN as it faces rare scrutiny of policies

UK, US and others use universal periodic review to speak out over Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong KongThe UK, the US and several other countries criticised China’s human rights record on Tuesday as the country was subjected to rare scrutiny of its policies at…

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‘Cheaper to save the world than destroy it’: why capitalism is going green

Akshat Rathi argues that around the world economies are switching to clean technology as prices dropThe root of the climate crisis is “not capitalism but the corruption of capitalism”, according to the author of a new book on how people, policy and tec…

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Human rights in decline globally as leaders fail to uphold laws, report warns

Human Rights Watch’s annual report highlights politicians’ double standards and ‘transactional diplomacy’ amid escalating crisesHuman rights across the world are in a parlous state as leaders shun their obligations to uphold international law, accordi…

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The world in 2024: Guardian writers on what to look out for

What to expect in Gaza, Ukraine, the US elections, China, Europe and the rest of the worldThe year 2024 will be a critical one. The future of Gaza and the West Bank may hinge in part on whether Donald Trump returns to the White House – as may the outco…

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US Congress passes bill allowing sale of Aukus nuclear submarines to Australia

Legislation covering a wide range of military issues clears the way for Virginia class vessels to bolster Pacific defenceGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastThe US congress has passed legislation allowing the countr…

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