Theresa May: A British authoritarian?

To foreign observers, this may seem like an act of self-sabotage from an inept politician. Here in the UK, it is understood as the surrender of a man who has run out of options. Theresa May now holds all the…

Emmanuel Macron: From political novice to president

The independent centrist, who had never held elected office, has become the Fifth Republic’s youngest ever president after defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. The 39-year-old former investment banker, who entered the race without the backing of an established political…

The only language Putin understands on Syria

(CNN)Reasoning with Vladimir Putin will not make him support Bashar al-Assad’s departure. The specter of additional economic sanctions against Russia just might. Indeed, when considering where to begin addressing the myriad problems in Syria, Russia is a good place to…

Kim Jong-un offers rare apology over shooting and burning to death of South Korean official

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has offered a rare apology over the killing of a South Korean official near the disputed sea boundary. Mr Kim said he was “very sorry” about the incident, which he described as unexpected and “unsavoury”,…

Chinese Tycoon who called Xi Jinping a clown jailed for 18 years

China sentenced a former property executive who once called Xi Jinping “a clown” to 18 years in prison for graft, a court said on Tuesday, in what some critics called an especially harsh sentence amid an ongoing clampdown on dissent.…

Yoshihide Suga: New Japanese prime minister formally elected to succeed Shinzo Abe

Japan’s Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. Mr Suga had been chosen as leader of the ruling party on Monday, virtually assuring he would succeed Mr Abe, who resigned…