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Building up hope

The fighting has stopped in Damascus. But despite the look of normality, this is a city of black-market deals, shortages and deep pessimism.

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Band of brothers

Georgia’s inaugural Tsinandali Festival is not merely a celebration of classical music. It’s also an attempt to bring together musicians in one orchestra from countries with fractious relations.

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Leading the charge

His rivals refused to accept his election victory – so he went back to the polls and won again. Now Istanbul’s new mayor is ready to change the city and get rid of a web of corruption.

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Talk show

Pork chops and promises are part of the race for the White House at that livestock-laden oracle, Iowa State Fair.

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North star

Nicola Sturgeon on fighting Brexit, boosting brand Scotland and leading the charge for independence.

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Politics briefing

New item Please fill out the form below We meet Finland’s interior minister and take stock of China’s plans for its 70th anniversary.

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Defence briefing

Russian construction in Gogland is making Finland nervous and the US makes an eyebrow-raising purchase from the Israelis.

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Diplomacy briefing

Canada’s ambassador for women, peace and security talks progress and problems; plus who’s winning in the diplomatic stakes between Serbia and Kosovo.

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Cities briefing

Copenhagen’s mayor explains why even the best cities should focus on improving top-notch transport and Kobe bans high-rise residents in its urban core.

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Salut, Italie

Franco-Italian ties are unusually frosty. How far can drinks, diplomacy and a dancefloor go towards warming relations?

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Greasing the wheels

The latest stop in our series is Tulsa. Despite a slowing trickle of oil money it is rich in creative vision and optimism for the future; now it just needs to get the rest of the world on board.

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Diplomacy briefing

We talk to Taiwan’s man in London about diplomatic tussles with China, the Swiss build their second-largest embassy and Russia’s backfire in the Baltics.

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Cities briefing

Victoria’s mayor talks unpopular policies, Ghent transforms its cycling culture and Helsinki goes green.

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How to be a good citizen

Authorities set the tone but it’s residents that define the places they live in. So what can we do to improve the urban realm?

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Executive revision

Some cities are shedding unwanted legacies while others cater to 18 million visitors per year, only to see some of the income generated by tourists ending up elsewhere. We meet five mayors facing the challenges – and making…

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