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BBC News

The BBC offers a wide-ranging online source of news covering all parts of the world. It is particularly useful for tracking latest developments. Despite laudable attemps to project objectivity, it has  a tendency to privilege Western and in particular English language sources of information and opinion. The coverage of news is useful as a record of key development, though analysis is generally bland.

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The Economist

The Economist online offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science and technology.

The Guardian

The Guardian was first published in May 1821 - it was then known as the Manchester Guardian.


KYODO NEWS, founded in November 1945 as a nonprofit cooperative organization, is one of Japan’s leading news agencies. It covers developments in Japan and the rest of the world, distributing news around the clock to domestic and overseas news media as well as international organizations and institutions. It offers English-language and Chinese-language services in addition to Japanese-language service.

Kyodo covers Japan and the rest of the world from Japanese and Asian viewpoints.

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Le Monde

Le Monde newspaper published in Paris is one of the most influential and prestigious newspapers in the world.  It was established in 1944 at the request of General Charles de Gaulle as way of projecting France’s voice in the world. With the appointment of Hubert Beuve-Méry as its first editor and director, Le Monde soon acquired a reputation for editorial independence.