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Hi, this is Michelle. Today, US and Chinese officials are set to meet in Geneva.

Grain traders huddle in the city as they navigate the unpredictabilities of war and global tensions. Plus, are the UN’s decades-old political missions getting too old?

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Michelle Langrand


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🤖 US-China talks on AI risks begin in Geneva. The first-ever high-level meeting between the rival powers comes as the two rivals recognise the need for dialogue to avoid the AI arms race from accidentally triggering a war in the future.

The Washington Post (paywall) (EN)

🚢 James Dunsterville: ‘Everything in trading changed since the 1980s.’ As Graincom, the leading summit for the grain trading industry, gets underway in Geneva, its organiser reflects on the sector and how it’s changed, namely in the wake of the Ukraine war.

Le Temps (paywall) (FR)

👋 Iraq wants the UN mission gone by 2025 amid global shakeup wave. The request to conclude the political mission, set up in 2003 in the aftermath of the US invasion, comes days after Somalia asked for its own political mission to wrap up by October.

PassBlue (EN)

🛟 Red Cross visits ship’s crew for first time since being detained in Yemen. The crew of the British vessel Galaxy Leader were taken hostage by Houthi rebels in November as part of the militant group’s campaign to support Palestinians in Gaza.

Middle East Monitor (EN)

💥Children killed as bomb falls near Sudan hospital - Médecins sans Frontières. Dozens of civilians have been killed in the escalating battle for control of El Fasher city, the army's last major urban stronghold in the Darfur region.


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