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Last month, your Friday author heard an excellent speech from Gillian Tett of the Financial Times in which she recounted, among other things, observations from Naomi Klein's book No is Not Enough on President Trump's personal history with American professional wrestling and its impact on his political style. Tett wrote on the subject here.

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For more than a decade, German politics have been dominated by a single figure: Chancellor Angela Merkel. The fight to succeed her, which culminates today with a vote of delegates from her center-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to choose a new leader, is as much a battle over her legacy and style as the policies of those vying to eventually take Germany's top job.

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Even as Trump and Xi were agreeing to temporarily freeze tariff increases last weekend, Canadian authorities arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei, in connection with an ongoing US Justice Department investigation into the Chinese networking equipment giant.

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What We're Watching

Mercenary appeals – Sizable groups of Russian mercenaries claim Moscow is keeping them at arm's length, and they're not happy about it. Members of more than a dozen Russian "private military companies," supported by Russian military veterans, filed a petition last month with the International Criminal Court (ICC) demanding an investigation of their sponsors.

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HARD NUMBERS

27,000: Despite confident predictions of its demise, Nigeria-based terrorist group Boko Haram remains active in Nigeria, Niger, Chad and Cameroon. The multinational fight with Boko Haram has killed 27,000 people and driven 2 million from their homes.

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This week, diplomats from around the world have gathered in the southern Polish city of Katowice in an effort to put the 2015 Paris climate accord into practice.

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Efforts to prevent the possibly catastrophic consequences of climate change may well depend on cooperation between today's two biggest geopolitical rivals: the US and China. Once the world's top polluting nation, the US has been eclipsed in recent years by China. Here's a look at the global share of CO2 emissions in 1980 vs. 2016.

Yesterday, the French government suspended a proposed hike in carbon taxes amid a mounting wave of protests and violence across the country.

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