Electricity does not change poor lives as much as was thought
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Electricity does not change poor lives as much as was thought

print-edition icon Print edition | InternationalFeb 7th 2019 | KAGABIRO, RWANDAtwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconTHOUGH SHE lives in one of the world’s poorest countries, Drocella Yandereye is…

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Once denounced as bourgeois vanity, pets are big business in China
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Once denounced as bourgeois vanity, pets are big business in China

print-edition icon Print edition | ChinaFeb 7th 2019 | BEIJINGtwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconWITH ITS overflowing ball pits, indoor swimming pools and elaborate obstacle course, the Maidao…

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Why did the Supreme Court deny a Muslim’s plea for an imam at his execution?
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Why did the Supreme Court deny a Muslim’s plea for an imam at his execution?

Democracy in AmericaFeb 12th 2019by S.M. | NEW YORKtwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconWHEN THE SUPREME COURT cleared the way for Alabama to execute Domineque Ray, a Muslim…

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Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer
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Jeff Bezos and the National Enquirer

Business and financeFeb 11th 2019twitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconIT IS a story even a supermarket tabloid could not make up. The world’s richest man, Amazon boss Jeff…

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The Democratic presidential field already looks crowded
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The Democratic presidential field already looks crowded

Feb 11th 2019twitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint icon AS A BLIZZARD bore down on Minneapolis on February 10th, Amy Klobuchar, a senator from Minnesota, announced before a shivering…

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“Bro country” is out, “woke country” is in
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“Bro country” is out, “woke country” is in

ProsperoFeb 11th 2019by E.J.twitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconIN MARCH 2003 the Dixie Chicks discovered just how unforgiving the world of country music could be. Introducing “Travelin’ Soldier”—a…

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Amy Klobuchar declares
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Amy Klobuchar declares

Democracy in AmericaFeb 11th 2019by A.R. | MINNEAPOLIStwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconASKED IF she is tough enough to take on President Donald Trump as president, Amy Klobuchar—a…

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The problem with the Green New Deal
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The problem with the Green New Deal

Democracy in AmericaFeb 11th 2019by I.K. | WASHINGTON, DCtwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconGOOD POLICY should seem more convincing as it becomes more detailed. The Green New Deal…

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France recalls its ambassador from Rome
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France recalls its ambassador from Rome

EuropeFeb 11th 2019 | ROMEtwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconA BLAZING ROW between France and Italy that erupted last week shows little sign of abating. On February 7th…

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Four decades after its revolution, Iran is still stuck in the past
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Four decades after its revolution, Iran is still stuck in the past

print-edition icon Print edition | Middle East and AfricaFeb 9th 2019twitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconFOR A FEW tense moments it seemed as if the flight carrying Ayatollah…

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The benefits of better credit-risk models will be spread unevenly
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The benefits of better credit-risk models will be spread unevenly

print-edition icon Print edition | Finance and economicsFeb 7th 2019twitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconIN “PLAYER PIANO”, a novel by Kurt Vonnegut, society is divided into a workless…

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America calls time on the INF treaty, ushering in a new age of missiles
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America calls time on the INF treaty, ushering in a new age of missiles

print-edition icon Print edition | United StatesFeb 7th 2019 | WASHINGTON, DC AND MOSCOWtwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconPATRIOT PARK in Kubinka, 60km south-west of Moscow, is a…

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One of Myanmar’s greatest musicians died this week
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One of Myanmar’s greatest musicians died this week

ProsperoFeb 9th 2019by J.Ftwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconACCORDING to Kit Young—an American pianist and composer who has been performing Burmese sandaya music (piano played in Burmese style)…

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Jehovah’s Witnesses often clash with earthly powers
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Jehovah’s Witnesses often clash with earthly powers

ErasmusFeb 9th 2019by ERASMUStwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconMANY WESTERNERS regard the Jehovah’s Witnesses, handing out tracts on street corners or knocking on strangers’ doors, as somewhere between…

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Thailand’s king blocks his sister’s attempt to become prime minister
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Thailand’s king blocks his sister’s attempt to become prime minister

AsiaFeb 9th 2019 | THAILANDtwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconTHE PLAN was too bold. On the morning of February 8th the Thai Raksa Chart party surprised the world.…

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Airbus may soon stop making new A380 super-jumbos
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Airbus may soon stop making new A380 super-jumbos

GulliverFeb 8th 2019by M.R.twitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconAFTER A century of refining their craft, planemakers have become masters of building safe, reliable jets that bring air travel…

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Will the name “North Macedonia” catch on?
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Will the name “North Macedonia” catch on?

Feb 8th 2019twitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconWHAT’S IN a name? On January 25th, after months of negotiations, lawmakers in Greece voted to recognise its northern neighbour Macedonia…

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Facebook turns 15
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Facebook turns 15

print-edition icon Print edition | United StatesFeb 2nd 2019 | SAN FRANCISCOtwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconON FEBRUARY 4th 2004 a young website with a baby-blue banner was…

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Can baijiu, China’s sorghum firewater, go global?
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Can baijiu, China’s sorghum firewater, go global?

print-edition icon Print edition | ChinaFeb 2nd 2019 | MAOTAItwitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconDISTILLERS AT Kweichow Moutai, the world’s most valuable alcoholic-drinks firm, like to tell an…

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The Pope’s historic visit to the Arabian peninsula
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The Pope’s historic visit to the Arabian peninsula

print-edition icon Print edition | Middle East and AfricaJan 31st 2019twitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconCHRISTIAN PILGRIMS are not often seen in the Arabian peninsula, where Islam was…

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Few sports are doing enough to protect athletes from brain damage
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Few sports are doing enough to protect athletes from brain damage

print-edition icon Print edition | InternationalJan 24th 2019twitter iconfacebook iconlinkedin iconmail iconprint iconFANS OF LARGE men colliding with one another are in luck. Next weekend the Six Nations,…

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