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The best reads from around the world

24th of November 2014

Tunisia's landmark presidential election rekindles fears "Outside the cosmopolitan coastal capital of Tunis, front-runner Beji Caid Essebsi, an 87-year-old politician who served under two autocratic regimes, is viewed with suspicion."

Wall Street Journal

21st of November 2014

Egyptian president suggests he may pardon al-Jazeera journalists "Human rights groups condemned the trial of the journalists as a sham, western governments have decried the verdict, and the UN questioned Egypt’s judicial independence."

The Guardian

20th of November 2014

Peter Costello defends Future Fund's investment in fossil fuels "Costello also used his appearance to expand on the subject of tax reform. He said governments were better placed to raise revenue at home than to nail down profit shifting."

The Guardian

19th of November 2014

Israel on edge after attackers kill five in synagogue "The assailants were killed at the scene in a gun battle with the police that wounded two officers, one of whom died of his injuries on Tuesday night."

New York Times

18th of November 2014

National guard called in to Ferguson "The governor of Missouri declared a state of emergency on Monday, [ahead of an announcement as to] whether a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black 18-year-old will face charges."

The Guardian (US edition)

17th of November 2014

Islamic State in Syria: The militia that has transcended tribal divisions to fight ISIS "Syria’s National Defence Forces includes – like the newly formed anti-ISIS Dwekh Nawsha (Self-Sacrifice) group in the Iraqi village of Bakufa – Christians as well as Muslims. Do not have any illusions." (Robert Fisk)

The Independent

14th of November 2014

World leaders, protesters descend on Brisbane "The streets are near-empty, the protests are slowly gathering steam and the world's most powerful leaders are arriving."

Also: Infographic showing the extent to which G20 nations subsidise fossil fuel exploration; and a gag reel of G20 gaffes (both The Guardian)

Brisbane Times

13th of November 2014

US-China deal on CO2 emissions raises hopes for Paris climate talks "The historic announcement by President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China that they will commit to targets for cuts in their nations’ carbon emissions has fundamentally shifted the global politics of climate change."

New York Times

12th of November 2014

Chhattisgarh sterilisation camp toll climbs to 11 "Eleven women have died and dozens more are in a critical condition after a government-run sterilisation programme in Chhattisgarh designed to control the country's billion-plus population went wrong."

11th of November 2014

A savage blow that echoes through Armenian history "In the most savage act of vandalism against Syria’s Christians, Islamists have blown up the great Armenian church in Deir el-Zour." (Robert Fisk)

The Independent