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Amex, Challenged by Chase, Is Losing the Snob War

To understand the anxiety inside American Express — which has announced its second consecutive year of declining revenue — you need to know about a story that made its way through the company’s headquarters last fall.<p>A few Amex executives heard that a rival company had enticed a group of young, …

The war in Syria, explained

How Syria’s civil war became America’s problem.<p>President Donald Trump has ordered airstrikes on Syria as punishment for its chemical weapons attack last week in the town of Douma, which killed at least 42 people — including a number of children.<p>Understanding Trump’s decision requires understanding …

Middle East

'London Bridge is down': the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death

She is venerated around the world. She has outlasted 12 US presidents. She stands for stability and order. But her kingdom is in turmoil, and her subjects are in denial that her reign will ever end. That’s why the palace has a plan.<p><i>Support our journalism by becoming a member or making a one-off</i> …

London Bridge

The Brexit fanatics are at the helm, but don’t despair - this is not over | Polly Toynbee

The future seems bleak but with EU negotiations and a great reform bill still to come, there are many pitfalls for a reckless prime minister<p>That’s it; the way is clear for Theresa May to plunge the country into a self-destructive journey into thickets of the unknown. This will be her legacy, her …

Trump’s dangerous delusions about Islam | Christopher de Bellaigue

The president and his advisers paint Muslims as enemies of modernity. The neglected history of an age of Middle Eastern liberalism proves them wrong<p>In the aftermath of the attacks of 11 September 2001, amid the grief and rage that followed the toppling of the World Trade Center, President George W …

Political Science

Why Trump wants to disempower institutions that protect the truth | Lawrence Douglas

The US president is attacking the very institutions that are meant to expose lies: universities, the media and the judiciary. Democracy is impossible without them<p>Donald Trump is hardly the first president to lie. But what distinguishes Trump from previous presidential fibsters are his meta-lies. …

Donald Trump