Reasons to be cheerful, parts one and two

A parade in the French Quarter of New Orleans during Mardi Gras
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Small compromises are so rare in the US nowadays that we should be thankful for them

Refugees and the propagation of fear

America took in the ‘wretched refuse of teeming shores’ but now it is so fearful and mean-spirited

Migrant children stoke US border fears

Number of unaccompanied children from Mexico rises

US acts on ‘tragic’ Afghan hospital attack

Military personnel suspended over Kunduz strike on MSF facility

2015/09/09: President of the World Chess Federation FIDE, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov during the press conference in Baku
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US accuses Syria of buying oil from Isis

Treasury also accuses chess federation head of aiding Assad

Proxy war in Syria imperils US-led strikes

Russia-Turkey tension endangers push to clear Isis from border

US scours Chinese plan for hacking clues

Link spotted between Beijing’s economic targets and cyber spying

Liability talks key to UN climate summit

Issue of who pays for losses a sticking point in negotiations

Canada delays plan for Syrian refugees

Scheme will give priority to women, families and gay individuals

States warn US climate plan is illegal

West Virginia and Texas stage intervention ahead of Paris summit

Corporate tax: The $240bn black hole

Pfizer-Allergan merger set to increase calls for the US to close inversion loopholes, and for the OECD to get tough on avoidance

Turkey-Russia tensions muddy Isis fight

Downing of Russian jet underlines the dangers of overlapping military operations across Syria

Trumpism has triumphed, whoever wins

Trump’s invective has disrupted the character of US politics

US third-quarter growth revised higher

Strong economic momentum bolsters Fed case for rate rise next month

Pfizer seeks US support for Allergan deal

Drugmaker defends $160bn tie-up as politicians mount attack

A case for rapprochement with Russia

Finding middle ground between Moscow and US may end Syria conflict

Trump hits out over refugees and security

Republican frontrunner says he would bring back waterboarding for terror suspects

America’s inconvenient SUV boom

Gas-guzzlers are back in vogue in US, so why should others try?

China and US clash over South China Sea

Washington and Beijing blame each other for ‘militarising’ the region

Markets dairy

UK spending plans and US shopping provide the focus this week

The FT’s overview of key American economic data, including GDP, inflation, unemployment, consumer indicators, interest rates and mortgage rates

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