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The failure to rebuild Mosul could let Islamic State return

WHEN Haider al-Abadi, Iraq's prime minister, launched the battle a year ago to retake Mosul from the jihadists of Islamic State , he declared: God willing we will meet in Mosul...all religions united. And together we shall defeat Daeshand rebuild this dear city.' The first part of his promise, the ...

How to judge whether deregulation is going too far

CONSPIRACY theorists who support President Donald Trump fulminate against the so-called deep state' that is trying to thwart him. The federal bureaucracy of Washington, they believe, is the main source of resistance. But this claim exaggerates the influence of bureaucrats and fails to do justice to ...

Cambodia's prime minister has wrecked a 25-year push for democracy

YOU don't get to be the world's longest-serving prime minister by leaving your future up to voters. Instead Hun Sen, who has led Cambodia since 1985, relies on curtailing their options. His government is petitioning the courts to dissolve the Cambodia National Rescue Party , the only opposition ...

Theresa May should clear out her cabinet

ONLY six months ago Theresa May seemed all-powerful. Yet the snap election that was supposed to deliver a landslide for the Conservatives instead took away their majority, and with it every shred of the prime minister's authority. The minority government is paralysed: it lacks the numbers to get ...

Xi Jinping has more clout than Donald Trump. The world should be wary

AMERICAN presidents have a habit of describing their Chinese counterparts in terms of awe. A fawning Richard Nixon said to Mao Zedong that the chairman's writings had changed the world'. To Jimmy Carter, Deng Xiaoping was a string of flattering adjectives: smart, tough, intelligent, frank, ...