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Robert Mugabe, who was president of Zimbabwe for 30 years, died last week.
But the arrangements for the dictator's funeral have been causing confusion, consternation and bad blood.
He had been out of power for two years; even now, however, he is worrying his successor.
Click the link in our bio to learn why Emmerson Mnangagwa, Zimbabwe’s president, is bracing for trouble.
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Despite being locked in conflict, the two tribes in the Brexit debate have some striking things in common.
Leavers and Remainers have been telling us how they are organising themselves, and why they feel so strongly about Britain's departure from the European Union.
And engagement with Brexit has coincided with disengagement from established politics.
Why? Find out in our latest Bagehot column by tapping the link in our bio.
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About 4m Venezuelans have fled their country since 2014. That doesn't include as many as 500,000 more who may have snuck across borders.
One organisation reckons as many as 8m, a quarter of the population, could leave by 2020 unless democracy and stability return.
It is Latin America's biggest-ever exodus.
So how welcoming are the nations these people are fleeing to?
Tap the link in our bio to find out.
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During the past decade, the trend of economic integration that defined post-war Europe has gone backwards.
The "single market", once breathtaking in its ambition to eliminate all internal EU barriers for goods, services, capital and people, has failed to keep up with the economies it was trying to shape.
A decade ago ten of the world's 40 largest listed firms by market value were based in the EU; now only two are—in 32nd and 36th place.
Click the link in our bio to learn why Europe's economy is losing ground to global rivals.
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The prospect of another Trump election is causing an unwarranted panic among political journalists, according to our latest Lexington column.
But how much influence will the media have in next year's US presidential campaign?
Click the link in our bio to read why coverage that obsessively focuses on personalities is rarely useful in appraising a politician's qualities for public office.
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“Orrrdurrr! Orrrdurrr!” John Bercow has built a following, at home and abroad, in his ten years as Speaker of the House of Commons.
He has dominated Britain’s Parliament through force of personality and sheer lung-power.
But he has been divisive as well as colourful.
Click the link in our bio to read why many were fed up with him.
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Facebook has waded into the world of online dating, launching a new service in America earlier this week.
The company—which also owns Instagram—hopes to encourage single people to meet via a dedicated tab in its app.
But Facebook Dating also has the potential to break one of the most interesting features of internet dating.
Click the link in our bio to learn why.
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Over the past three years the number of medicines in short supply in America has increased by half, to more than 280.
Why are so many patients unable to get the pills they need?
Click the link in our bio find out.
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Spies do not usually want to be famous.
But in 2013 Edward Snowden, then 30 years old, briefly became one of the best-known people in the world.
From his refuge in Russia, his new memoir looks back on the controversy he caused.
The book is well-written and frequently funny, but suffers from one glaring omission. Click the link in our bio to read our review.
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It is unusual for European diplomats to become obsessed with British constitutional niceties.
But recently they have looked towards London with rare attention—and growing concern.
Some gloat over the chaos of Boris Johnson's government.
Yet many are alarmed by the prime minister's insistence of Brexit on October 31st, "do or die".
Click the link in our bio to learn why the remaining 27 EU members are considering how to avoid blame if the outcome is no-deal.
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Warning: This film contains images which you may find disturbing.
Between 1877 and 1950 more than 4,000 African-Americans were lynched. This dark legacy is still affecting US politics.
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This is the first planet beyond the solar system that has been confirmed to have water.
Since its discovery by astronomers in 2015, the exoplanet K2-18b—seen here in an artist's impression—has generated much excitement.
And new images suggest it could be a rocky planet twice as big as Earth, perhaps covered in vast ice-covered seas.
Click the link in our bio to read how it came to be the best candidate for a life-supporting exoplanet.