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Global Charts #8

It's Friday AND it's Halloween! Time to check out what the world has been listening to between spooky playlists this week.

Worldcrunch Pick: King Horror, "Loch Ness Monster"

France: David Guetta feat. Sam Martin, "Dangerous"

Mexico: Calvin Harris feat. John Newman, "Blame"

Uganda: Korede Bello, "Cold Outside"


Lebanon: Marwan Khoury, "Law"

Vietnam: Taylor Swift, "Shake It Off"

Source: Hot Music Charts

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Winning African Hearts And Minds? Why Russia Has An Edge Over The West

Russia's Foreign Minister is in South Africa for the second time in a year. In spite of the West's best efforts, Vladimir Putin's delegation is still welcomed in large parts of Africa, which still harbors colonial resentment toward Europe.

Photo of Sergey Lavrov during his visit to South Africa

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and South Africa's Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor shake hands

Pierre Haski

-Analysis-

PARIS — Sergey Lavrov, Russia's Foreign Minister, has not traveled much since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But he arrived yesterday on an official visit to South Africa, his second official trip there in a year.

But it is not a coincidence: Africa is a priority for Russian diplomacy.

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The West was caught off guard when, at the United Nations last year, a large part of Africa refused to condemn the Russian aggression on Ukrainian territory. They were all the more surprised because, since the 1960s, the African continent has wisely adopted a principle recognizing the borders inherited from colonization: it wanted to avoid possible inter-state targeting, which is what Russia is trying to do in Ukraine.

Moscow has been able to capitalize on this refusal of Africa to align itself with the West.

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