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THE Afghan army and police forces are pretty much on their own. That much seems increasingly clear after a summer that has seen some of the deadliest fighting since the war began. While foreign troops are only beginning to withdraw, armed militants have...
From: The Economist | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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ON SUNDAY the Tigers, Detroit’s baseball team, qualified for the World Series playoffs (pictured). Fans hope this could be the Tigers’ year. Some see this as yet another sign that things are taking a turn for the better in this otherwise beleaguered,...
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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OUT of the mouths of babes and financial planners. The latest tax change by the British government was described by Henry Denne, head of private clients at Punter Southall Financial Management, thusThis very positive change transforms drawdown pensions...
From: The Economist | Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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PERHAPS it was the chilling effect of Theresa May, who had just delivered a crowd-pleasing and deadly serious oration on national security. Or maybe true-blue Conservatives are just getting tired of Boris Johnson’s constant wisecracking. At any rate,...
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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THIS week our correspondents discuss ad-free social network Ello and the controversy about the year's biggest scientific resultContinue reading...
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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IN 1720, George I’s Privy Council asked Richard Mead, an eminent physician, to prepare a paper on how best to prevent the spread of bubonic plague to England. A serious outbreak of the disease in the southern French port of Marseille, caused by the...
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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China’s censorship of the Hong Kong protests on social mediaTHE principle of “one country, two systems” that defines how Beijing handles Hong Kong is meeting its match, as pro-democracy protesters flood the streets of the island territory demanding...
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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TODAY Russia submitted its budget to the Duma, the lower house of the parliament. After three rounds of discussions, Vladimir Putin, the president, will sign it into law. The budget shows how much trouble the Russian economy is in—and how unwilling...
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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SHUNNED by members of other Czech football teams, who have refused to join them on the pitch, a Roma team is winning matches without having to score a single goal. In a show of support, Western diplomats played the Roma footballers on September 21st....
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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THERE has been a widespread media narrative recently which says that the British labour market recovery has relied on low-paying jobs. We highlighted this trend, and its implications for tax revenues, in the print edition two weeks ago. However, the...
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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POLICE now believe that a Friday morning fire at a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) facility in Aurora, Illinois was intentionally started by a contract employee who later attempted suicide. The blaze started in the basement of the the Chicago En...
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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RICKY BURDETT is professor of Urban Studies at the London School of Economics (LSE) and the director of LSE Cities and the Urban Age program. Professor Burdett was the architectural adviser to the mayor of London from 2001 to 2006 and is a member of...
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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THE argument that American officials lacked the capability or authority to save Lehman Brothers—and, potentially, to spare the world the most wrenching financial crisis since the 1930s—never really withstood close scrutiny. In 2012, I wrote:There...
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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IT IS one of the anomalies of Japan’s approach to the death penalty that a stricken conscience can bring the system grinding to a halt. At least two Japanese justice ministers have refused to sign execution orders, most recently Seiken Sugiura, a devout...
From: The Economist | Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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THIS week: Bill Gross leaves PIMCO, trade deals in trouble and the rising US dollar Continue reading...
From: The Economist | Monday, September 29, 2014
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AMONG the "manifestly silly and occasionally harmful positions" espoused by libertarians, "the idea of spontaneous order might be the silliest and most harmful of all", says Damon Linker in a much-read post at the Week. This took me by surprise. It's...
From: The Economist | Monday, September 29, 2014
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A look at the sizes of recent street demonstrationsPEOPLE power is increasingly on display from Cairo’s Tahrir Square to Istanbul’s Taksim Square. In recent days Hong Kong and Ukraine have come alive with public protests of their own. But how do...
From: The Economist | Monday, September 29, 2014
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THE members of the Federal Open Market Committee are not overly fond of being stuck at the zero lower bound (ZLB). Since December of 2008, the Fed's preferred policy lever, the federal funds rate, has rested between 0% and 0.25%: effectively the lowest...
From: The Economist | Monday, September 29, 2014
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EVER since the “paperless office” was first mooted in a Business Week article back in 1975, its estimated time of arrival has always been ten years away. And so it remains. The amount of paper used in homes and offices has declined slightly over...
From: The Economist | Monday, September 29, 2014
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THE European Parliament will begin grilling the 28 candidates for the new European Commission today—and MEPs are determined to leave their mark on the new team. With the power to veto the entire commission team, the parliament has in the past successfully...
From: The Economist | Monday, September 29, 2014
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THE Conservative Party conference is in full swing in Birmingham, and deceit is in the air. On Saturday a Eurosceptic, serially rebellious Tory MP, Mark Reckless, announced that he was defecting to UKIP, triggering a by-election in his Kent constituency...
From: The Economist | Monday, September 29, 2014
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The Surma river at Chhattak. The town lies hundreds of kilometres upstream from Dhaka, one of the world's fastest growing cities Source: All photos: Tom Felix Joehnk A 17km industrial conveyor belt carries in limestone from a mine in the Khasi Hills...
From: The Economist | Monday, September 29, 2014
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“YEAH, go that way,” yells a frazzled cop guarding a security cordon outside Penn Station. Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, is the pain-in-the-ass who is snarling traffic around Madison Square Garden, an arena normally graced by WrestleMania,...
From: The Economist | Monday, September 29, 2014
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IN 1993 Vaughn Starnes, a Californian surgeon, performed an operation on a 13-year-old patient with cystic fibrosis, a disease that affects breathing. He removed one lung lobe from each of the parents then transplanted them into the child’s lungs....
From: The Economist | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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LAST October, Stephen Harper, Canada’s prime minister, flew to Brussels to sign a trade-and-investment deal in principle between Canada and the EU. On September 26th, the two sides announced the close of negotiations. But despite the back-slapping...
From: The Economist | Sunday, September 28, 2014
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