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‘She represents me’: the black woman making political history in Colombia

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Mayra Fernanda Mejía, a black single mother and rural activist, never really felt that Colombia’s politicians cared about people like her – until now. She has been threatened with violence for speaking out against the...

‘I’m begging the government to listen’: Martin Lewis on getting political, mental health and the cost of living crisis

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Martin Lewis is in his happy place. The keen walker is sitting in an outdoor cafe in a London park he loves, and, a couple of days shy of his 50th birthday, is a contented family man who assiduously expunges any swear...

Maduro glimpses political lifeline as US rethinks Venezuela policy

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It was little more than a year ago that US officials were publicly rubbishing the prospect of engagement with Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro, who they described as a “dictator”. “His repression, corruption and m...

Madison Cawthorn, pro-Trump firebrand who faced political stumbles, concedes in House race

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Madison Cawthorn, the first-term congressman and pro-Donald Trump firebrand, has lost his seat in the US House after failing to beat back a challenge from state legislator Chuck Edwards in the North Carolina Republica...

Political, provocative and preposterous: why Cannes is a ‘cathedral of cinema’

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The Truman Show is a 1990s Hollywood movie about a man who lives in a bubble, cut off from the world. As played by Jim Carrey, Truman Burbank – surrounded by actors, his every move dogged by cameras – stares at a stag...

Beijing accuses US of ‘political manipulation’ in latest Taiwan row

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Beijing has accused Washington of “political manipulation” and attempting to change the status quo after the US state department quietly amended its website to remove a line stating it did not support Taiwanese indepe...

Why the Ukrainian war is also a domestic political issue for Biden

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The visit of the House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, to Kyiv at the head of a congressional delegation this week was a reminder that in Washington the Ukraine war is not just an issue of national security but is an increasin...

Sri Lanka’s humanitarian crisis could be the start of a political upheaval

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Sri Lanka is facing an unprecedented political and economic emergency, a result of government mismanagement and the effect of global crises. But the tiny island nation is also seeing signs of cathartic revival. Despit...

‘A nursery of the Commons’: how the Oxford Union created today’s ruling political class

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When I arrived at Oxford in 1988 to study history and German, it was still a very British and quite amateurish university, shot through with sexual harassment, dilettantism and sherry. Michael Gove, Boris Johnson and ...

AEC warns Australian political parties over ‘misleading’ postal vote applications

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The Australian Electoral Commission has written to political parties warning against distributing “potentially misleading” postal vote applications to residents. Political parties have sent out forms to voters where t...

Will Trump’s ‘reckless’ endorsements be a referendum on his political power?

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He has long held that the true measure of a man is his TV ratings. So perhaps it came as no surprise when Donald Trump endorsed a celebrity doctor for a US Senate seat in Pennsylvania. “They liked him for a long time,...

Boris Johnson’s impunity is the mark of a rotten political system

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I’ve followed British politics since I was first able to vote in 1990. At that time, I was a student, full of fiery idealism but understanding of the need to accept and engage with a spectrum of opinions – the hallmar...

Chris Mason to succeed Laura Kuenssberg as BBC political editor

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Chris Mason has been named as the BBC’s new political editor, replacing Laura Kuenssberg in one of the most prominent and powerful roles in British journalism. The 41-year-old Yorkshire-born reporter has been at the B...

Rishi Sunak’s stunts and mistakes expose lack of political savvy

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Among the various properties owned by the chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak and his wife Akshata Murty is Kirby Sigston Manor, an expansive Grade II-listed house in a small hamlet in rural North Yorkshire. It co...

Johnson’s political cowardice applies the brake to cheap energy as he bets nuclear

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The two main criticisms of the government’s new energy security strategy are fair. The tiptoeing around onshore wind, which got gentle words of encouragement but no change to planning regulations, looks a case of poli...

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