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The other half

For better or worse, first ladies and first men have the opportunity to be the softer face of an administration. Who gets it right?

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Politics briefing

Spain’s minister in charge of smoothing domestic relations, plus a look at the fight brewing among Bosnia’s presidents.

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Cities briefing

Oslo’s governing mayor on how to green a city, a Mexican city gets a rebrand, car-sharing in Slovenia and Berlin’s rooftops are blooming.

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The second coming

Mahathir Mohamad shocked the world when he was re-elected Malaysia’s prime minister earlier this year. With his first stint in charge not without its controversial moments, does the political veteran have a clear vision to…

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Progressive rock

Gibraltar voted overwhelmingly to remain in the EU. With the rest of the UK set on leaving, what does that mean for the diminutive British territory?

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Still supreme

To the alarm of Brussels, Poland’s right-wing government is forcing out many of the country’s Supreme Court judges – but one of them, Supreme Court president Malgorzata Gersdorf, is determined to stay put. She tells us…

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Obama army

Chicago is now home to Barack Obama’s new political fighters. As the midterms approach, we head to the city to see how his legacy is shaping politics today.

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Recovery position

Katrin Jakobsdottir is a rare thing: a scandal-free, left-wing prime minister who believes in compromise. She takes a break to spread the word about Iceland’s economic success.

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Politics briefing

Germany’s immigration policy could get a lot more relaxed, while Canada struggles with controversial statues and economic woes beleaguer Turkey’s president.

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Defence briefing

Has Iran found a way to circumvent sanctions when it comes to fighter jets? Plus, New Zealand’s pilots get a boost, the UK’s arms exports are taking off and Sri Lanka is becoming a focal point for defence in Asia.

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Cities briefing

Toronto’s mayoral race is heating up, Zürich’s mayor tells us what her city is doing right and one of Venice’s bridges gets a revamp.

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Critical crossroads

A hard-won peace, falling crime and growing foreign investment are reasons to be optimistic about Colombia – but the age-old problems of inequality, corruption and coca production refuse to go away.

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Cometh the hour

Still basking in the warm afterglow of April’s peaceful revolution, Armenia’s prime minister Nikol Pashinyan knows the hard work starts now. Can he deliver what his people expect?

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