The World This Week

Navalny poisoning, Macron in the Middle East, Schools reopen in EU, Trump & Biden in Kenosha

THE WORLD THIS WEEK
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It was Wednesday when the German chancellor herself came out to announce it was Novichok. German scientists had determined that Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin's most outspoken critic, was poisoned with the same Soviet-era nerve agent used against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal two years ago in Salisbury, England. What happens next?

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It's been exactly one month since the massive explosion that rocked the port of Beirut. Just after the blast, the French president upstaged local leaders by doing what they didn't: meeting with ordinary citizens. So when Emmanuel Macron returned to Beirut this week, how could he go one better? By first - before meeting politicians - paying a call to Fairouz, the reclusive icon of Arab song who'd not been seen in public for 10 years. Ordinary citizens marvelled at pictures of the 84-year-old diva and her Beirut apartment. Macron, preferring reform to revolution, gave Lebanon's leadership two months to clean up its act.

It's the first week of school here in France. Many pupils had not been back to class since March. But already clusters of Covid-19 have forced the closure of 12 schools in mainland France.

Inside of two months until election day in the United States and after the conventions, there's the definite sense that the gloves are off with both candidates visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin and Donald Trump ratcheting up the rhetoric on law and order. When Trump visited Kenosha on Tuesday, he posed with police. Meanwhile, his rival Joe Biden met with Jacob Blake, the unarmed black man who was shot seven times in the back.

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