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The weekly briefing, 15 March 2017: local aid workers kidnapped in South Sudan, 20 million people at risk from famine in Yemen and East Africa, Brazil’s prosecutor general asks supreme court to open new investigations into senior politicians

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: eight local aid workers kidnapped in South Sudan; UN humanitarian affairs chief warns that 20 million people at risk of starvation and famine in Yemen and East Africa; Brazil’s prosecutor general asks supreme court to open 83 new investigations into senior politicians; and more.

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The weekly briefing, 7 March 2017: Right-wing nationalist and social liberal candidates likely to win first round of French presidential election in April, hearings begin at The Hague in Ukrainian suit against Russia, US president accuses predecessor of ordering wiretapping of his phone

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: right-wing nationalist candidate and social liberal candidate likely to win first round of French presidential election in April; hearings begin at The Hague in Ukrainian suit against Russia; US president accuses predecessor of ordering wiretapping of his phone during presidential election; and more.

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The weekly briefing, 1 March 2017: US president announces significant increase in defence spending, four million people in Santiago left without water, prospective members of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership meet in Japan

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: US president announces significant increase in defence spending while cutting state department budget; four million people in Santiago left without water after rainstorms and landslides contaminate Maipo River; prospective members of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership meet in Japan for five days of talks; and more.

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The weekly briefing, 21 February 2017: Munich Security Conference focusses on US commitment to NATO, Iraq launches military offensive to retake western Mosul, left-wing candidate set to win Ecuador’s presidential election

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Munich Security Conference focusses on US commitment to NATO and threats to EU’s collective security; Iraq launches military offensive to retake western Mosul from Islamic State; Left-wing candidate set to win Ecuador’s presidential election; and more.

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The weekly briefing, 14 February: Journalists arrested in Ivory Coast, Panamanian prosecutors arrest founding partners of Mossack Fonseca, North Korea successfully tests Pukguksong-2 nuclear-capable ballistic missile

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: journalists arrested in Ivory Coast for spreading ‘false information’ about new mutiny led by security forces; Panamanian prosecutors arrest founding partners of Mossack Fonseca over possible links with one of the Brazilian construction company at heart of Lava Jato corruption case; North Korea successfully tests Pukguksong-2 nuclear-capable ballistic missile; and more.

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The weekly briefing, 7 February 2017: Diplomatic relations between Mexico and United States increasingly tense, controversial government decree provokes considerable popular uproar in Romania, Angolan president plans to step down ahead of elections in August

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: diplomatic relations between Mexico and United States increasingly tense, highlighting risk of trade war; controversial government decree provokes considerable popular uproar in Romania; Angolan president plans to step down ahead of elections in August; and more.

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Israel and China’s Silk Road

China's Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a vision to parlay large-scale economic dynamism into a foreign policy projecting Chinese influence overseas in the name of development. If the its promise of mutual prosperity and development is to be more than the sum of its parts, its stabilising effect on the Middle East would be a major litmus test. The momentum may come from Beijing, but smaller countries like Israel can and must shape it.

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The weekly briefing, 31 January 2017: Donald Trump’s first week as US president marked by series of controversial executive orders, Islamic State’s Southeast Asia emir badly wounded in airstrike, Syrian government forces retake areas in Wadi Barada valley

Political and security risk updates from around the world. This week: Donald Trump’s first week as US president marked by series of controversial executive orders; Islamic State’s Southeast Asia emir and commander of Abu Sayyaf badly wounded in airstrike by Philippine military; Syrian government forces retake areas in Wadi Barada valley, which is home to Damascus’s main water source; and more.

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