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The vision thing

From a state-of-the-art concert hall to an international court and the murkiest waters of diplomacy, we meet the leaders who trust their instincts in tricky times.

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Reversal of fortune

The former Brazilian president was a phenomenon before his fall from grace. But with elections approaching, is there one more twist in the tale of Lula?

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Diplomacy briefing

Checking in with the ambassador in Rome, why Japan is looking to Latin America and the art of the ambassadorial Christmas card.

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Cities briefing

Zürich is considering artificial islands to house its growing population and there’s a global push to unearth forgotten rivers.

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High minded

Perched above the clouds, tiny San Marino has no airport or railway station but it does have 17 centuries of national history. With its bird’s-eye view of the world, its aloof attitude to foreign affairs is understandable…

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She who dares, wins

Digital innovation and streamlined services have made Estonia one of Europe’s most welcoming countries. Here the president discusses her nation’s winning streak – and its difficult neighbour.

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Politics briefing

How do you do foreign affairs when nobody recognises your country? Plus: why the US is in the year of the infallible mayor.

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Diplomacy briefing

A Norwegian aid airlift, the UN’s man in South Sudan and why hurricane season has reinvigorated Puerto Rico’s statehood bid.

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Defence briefing

Colombia’s defence minister on post-Farc security, Turkey’s pilot shortage, a game-changing water vessel and what’s in a name for the Royal Canadian navy’s ships.

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Cities briefing

A tale of two disaster-ready cities, the view on participatory urbanism from Aarhus and LA’s inventive way of dealing with the hot, hot heat.

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Over the rainbow

It’s been more than two decades since South Africa’s first democratic election and, while corruption allegations persist, there is some blue sky peeking through the clouds.

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Up in the heavens

When the Coptic pope headed to Melbourne, it was about more than tending the flock: he had a skyscraper deal to celebrate.

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Expo: Sea change

A tiny North Atlantic archipelago of 50,000 people, the Faroe Islands falls under the Danish crown. But economic growth and cultural confidence means that some Faroese see themselves as increasingly distant from the Danes…

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