10 must-reads for today

Demonstrators opposed to the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh outside the high court in Washington on Tuesday.
Demonstrators opposed to the appointment of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh outside the high court in Washington on Tuesday.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG
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US President Donald Trump, feeding off a raucous crowd on Tuesday night at a packed 9,000-seat arena in the solidly favourable territory of Council Bluffs, Indiana, came out wielding the Justice Brett Kavanaugh episode like a weapon. But the sentiment in that arena is not shared by all.

Countries must come together to modernise - not dismantle - the global trade system, International Monetary Fund (IMF) chief Christine Lagarde said yesterday at the IMF-World Bank meetings, in a rallying cry against protectionism echoed by economic chiefs rattled by recent US-China trade disputes. 

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 11, 2018, with the headline '10 must-reads for today'. Subscribe