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Rutte seals NATO top job after lone rival drops out

Outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has clinched the race to become the next head of NATO at a pivotal time for the alliance, after sole challenger Romanian President Klaus Iohannis pulled out. The veteran politician, 57, is expected to be formally named by NATO’s 32 nations in the coming …

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Rutte seals NATO top job after lone rival drops out

Outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has clinched the race to become the next head of NATO at a pivotal time for the alliance, after sole challenger Romanian President Klaus Iohannis pulled out. The veteran politician, 57, is expected to be formally named by NATO’s 32 nations in the coming …

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what key challenges face Rutte at NATO?

Outgoing Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, who has sealed the race to be the next head of NATO, will take the reins of the Western military alliance at a perilous moment. With Russia’s war in Ukraine raging through a third year, the United States set for a crunch election later …

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Putin more powerful than ever, year on from Wagner revolt

When Russian paramilitary chief Yevgeny Prigozhin sent his Wagner mercenaries charging towards Moscow last year in a short-lived rebellion, President Vladimir Putin looked weak and vulnerable. However, just one year on from the most serious challenge to his authority in almost a quarter of a century in power, the Kremlin …

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Hawaii settles ‘groundbreaking’ youth climate change case

The US state of Hawaii has agreed to take action to decarbonise its transportation system by 2045 to settle a lawsuit by 13 young people, who alleged the state was violating their rights under its constitution with infrastructure that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Democratic Governor Josh …

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Hawaii settles ‘groundbreaking’ youth climate change case

The US state of Hawaii has agreed to take action to decarbonise its transportation system by 2045 to settle a lawsuit by 13 young people, who alleged the state was violating their rights under its constitution with infrastructure that contributes to greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. Democratic Governor Josh …

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Warning shots fired as N Korean troops cross into South

South Korea’s military has said it fired warning shots after North Korean soldiers briefly crossed the heavily fortified border in the third such incursion this month. The nuclear-armed North has been reinforcing the border in recent months, adding tactical roads and laying more landmines, which has led to “casualties” among …

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Israel-Hezbollah hostilities fan fears of wider Gaza war

Israel and Hezbollah have traded fresh cross-border fire, as fears of a regional conflict grew after Israel revealed it had approved plans for a Lebanon offensive and the Iran-backed militants vowed to blanket Israel in rockets. Hezbollah said it fired dozens of rockets into northern Israel yesterday in retaliation for …

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Ireland slips to fourth in world competitiveness rankings

Ireland has dropped two places from last year in a key measure of international competitiveness. The country was ranked fourth of 67 economies examined by the Institute of Management Development (IMD) World Competitiveness Yearbook 2024, down from second last year. However, when compared to countries in the eurozone, Ireland came …

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