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Dawn of Asian century puts pressure on Europe to choose sides: diplomat

Dawn of Asian century puts pressure on Europe to choose sides: diplomat

The Asian century may have arrived marking the end of a US-led global system, the EU’s foreign affairs chief has said amid a growing discussion in Europe on how to weave a path between China and the US.

Signs of oil demand picking up; IEA says peak yet to come

Signs of oil demand picking up; IEA says peak yet to come

The world consumed last year nearly 100mn barrels a day of oil, according to Bloomberg estimates. And some in the energy industry believe that could mark the peak for global demand.

Are Italy’s post-lockdown plans a shut-and-open case, or too risky?

Are Italy’s post-lockdown plans a shut-and-open case, or too risky?

Italians are tasting freedom after emerging from a strict lockdown that helped contain one of the world’s most devastating outbreaks of the novel coronavirus.

Covid-19 hitting Chicago areas struggling with gun violence

Covid-19 hitting Chicago areas struggling with gun violence

On a recent Saturday morning at Springfield Avenue and Wilcox Street, residents wearing masks walked dogs past blooming red tulips.

Sport’s return brings cheers and hope to fans

Sport’s return brings cheers and hope to fans

Sport is taking some tentative but encouraging steps towards a semblance of normality after suffering a below-the-belt blow from a microscopic scourge that has literally brought the world to its knees over the past five months.

The digital path to citizen-centric finance

The digital path to citizen-centric finance

Today, “mobile money” – a service enabling people to send, receive, and store money on a cellphone – allows a market trader in Kenya to borrow a modest amount at sunrise to buy her stock, and then pay it back at sunset from her daily earnings.

Coronavirus, race and income: how the virus discriminates

Coronavirus, race and income: how the virus discriminates

After Covid-19 first appeared in China late last year, doctors quickly realised what made some patients more vulnerable to the virus than others: age, gender and underlying health problems all played a part.

America set to open new chapter in space exploration

America set to open new chapter in space exploration

Wednesday, May 27, is scheduled to witness two historic moments in the annals of human spaceflight, providing yet another diversion from the depressing news of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Europe’s Hamiltonian moment

Europe’s Hamiltonian moment

The new Franco-German proposal for a €500bn ($547bn) European recovery fund could turn out to be the most important historic consequence of the coronavirus.

White continent is turning green due to climate change

White continent is turning green due to climate change

Antarctica’s snow is gradually turning green as warming temperatures due to climate change are helping the formation and spread of “green snow”, first map of the algae blooms on the southernmost continent has shown.

Emerging markets’ hidden debt risk

Emerging markets’ hidden debt risk

Stark warnings about the Covid-19 shock’s potentially devastating effects on emerging markets (EMs) have become ubiquitous. With the pandemic engulfing ever more countries, EMs face a mass exit by foreign investors seeking safe assets.

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