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The best reads from around the world

20th of October 2014

Joko Widodo, 'man of the people', to become Indonesia's president "But before stepping into the role on Monday, Mr Widodo has already been dealt a bruising by the nation's political elite."

ABC News

17th of October 2014

Spectre of renewed crisis polarises Europe “Just when eurozone leaders should be pulling together, there seems to be a widening rift between the European Central Bank and leaders in Germany, which has the region’s largest economy and an outsize influence on the direction of the currency bloc. Simultaneously, a chill has set in between French and German leaders, whose ability to get along has always been indispensable to European crisis management.”

The New York Times

16th of October 2014

David Cameron to discuss Ebola crisis with Barack Obama and EU leaders "The news of the conference call came after Dr Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organisation, [said] the number of new cases was likely to be between 5,000 and 10,000 a week by early December."

The Guardian

15th of October 2014

Liberian Ebola survivors return to help the sick "Six mornings a week, Salome Karwah gets up and goes to work at the Ebola treatment unit where she watched her parents wither and die just three days apart and where she almost died of Ebola as well."

Also: Ebola claimed my auntie - why can't we do more to help? (Fairfax)

Wall Street Journal (possible paywall)

14th of October 2014

Hong Kong police remove barriers and protesters’ encampments "Bankers, builders, engineers and smartly dressed office workers were among the surge of people who gathered deep into Monday night to keep the police from squeezing the student-led protests out."

New York Times

13th of October 2014

A fitting Nobel for Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi "Malala Yousafzai, who is seventeen years old, and Kailash Satyarthi, who is sixty, were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize on for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”"

Also: Malala's response to winning the Nobel Peace Prize

New Yorker

10th of October 2014

White policeman kills black teen in St Louis, triggering fresh protests "Teyonna Myers, 23, told the St Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper that she was the cousin of the suspect and that he was unarmed when he was killed."

Reuters and New York Times
via the Sydney Morning Herald

9th of October 2014

Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung faces questions over secret $7m payout from Australian firm "The arrangement is outlined in a secret contract [made] before he was elected chief executive, in which Australian engineering company UGL agreed to pay the Beijing-backed politician £4 million."


8th of October 2014

Turkish inaction on Islamic State dismays the US "As fighters with the Islamic State bore down Tuesday on the Syrian town of Kobani on the Turkish border, President Obama’s plan to fight the militant group without being drawn deeper into the Syrian civil war was coming under acute strain."

New York Times (possible paywall)

7th of October 2014

Dilma Rousseff emerges as front-runner in Brazil's election, but faces runoff "The surge by Aécio Neves reflects disenchantment among many voters with Ms Rousseff’s leftist Workers Party, which is seeking to remain in power amid criticism over a sluggish economy."

New York Times (possible paywall)