Emmanuel Macron takes office as French president

Centrist leader is tasked with uniting a deeply divided country plagued by high unemployment and a growing far-right.
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Self-determination is the key for peace in South Sudan

An indigenous, all-inclusive national peace process is indispensable to permanent peace and stability in South Sudan.
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Australian cricketers could strike over contract dispute

Australian cricketers are "prepared to strike" if a contract dispute is not resolved, which could have an impact on the Ashes.
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China invests $124bn in Belt and Road global trade project

The country is investing billions in an ambitious project to rebuild ports, roads and rail networks.
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North Korea's nuclear weapons: Here is all we know

Pyongyang accuses Washington of plotting a 'decapitation strike', and sees in nuclear weapons a powerful deterrent.
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China’s Xi hails Belt and Road as ‘project of the century’

Beijing forum opens with lavish promises of infrastructure financing for 65 nations
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