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Latest update : 2013-01-09

Avoiding the cliff edge - but for how long?

After the cliffhanger that was the fiscal cliff in the United States, new episodes of political drama could be coming very soon. A new Congress, with new Senators and new Congressmen - and women - is upon us. But it's hardly a new beginning; observers expect to see a lot more wrangling over the debt ceiling, sequestration, and budget cuts over the coming months.

By Philip CROWTHER , Stanislas DE SAINT HIPPOLYTE

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2017-04-25 Americas

Southern Border Plan: Mexico's own fight against illegal immigration

With his promise to build a wall between the US and Mexico, Donald Trump has made combatting illegal immigration a pillar of his presidency. But Mexico is already the US's firm...

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2017-04-21 France

Fighting fuel poverty in France

Fuel poverty affects more than 10 million people in France. Financial aid programmes have been stepping in to help these people to heat their homes, many of which are poorly...

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2017-04-19 Russia

How Russian activists are getting around strict laws on protesting

The next presidential election in Russia is planned for early 2018 and the opposition is already getting organised. But the right to protest is extremely limited and tightly...

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2017-04-18 Philippines

Duterte's bloody war on drugs resumes after brief break

Last month saw the President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, resume his draconian war on drugs. The initial crackdown was suspended earlier this year after rogue police men...

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2017-04-17 France

Are France's ageing nuclear plants safe?

Despite heightened surveillance and draconian control measures, the answers from nuclear analysts is far from unanimous. Despite these questions, the French power giant that...

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