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15 сентября, 19:21

Britain reaps outsize benefits from the EU’s free movement

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AMONG the most contentious issues in negotiations over Brexit is the status of expatriates. Over 3m people from European Union (EU) countries outside the British Isles currently live in Britain, and around 1.2m Britons reside elsewhere in the EU.

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14 сентября, 18:29

The Gates Foundation is worried about the world’s wellbeing

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BILL AND MELINDA GATES are increasingly worried about the future, according to a report published this week by their foundation.

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13 сентября, 19:37

Silicon Valley bosses are globalists, not libertarians

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DONALD TRUMP is no fan of the technology industry. He has proposed restrictions on H-1B visas, which are commonly used by Silicon Valley firms to recruit foreign talent, and labelled Amazon a “no-tax monopoly” that is doing “great damage” to traditional retailers.

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12 сентября, 16:54

Ever-ruder content is landing Mumsnet in trouble

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The accompanying chart contains the strongest of language. A milder version can be found here. FEW corners of the internet are more likely to celebrate the news of another royal baby than Mumsnet. Users of the parenting website, founded in 2000, welcomed last week’s announcement with a flurry of excited messages and grinning emojis.

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11 сентября, 23:47

Hurricanes in America have become less frequent

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HURRICANE IRMA tore through Florida on September 10th, causing widespread flooding and wind damage. Although the unusually large storm unleashed its fury on the entire peninsula, its centre moved up the state’s west coast, striking the mainland with the greatest force when it made landfall at Marco Island, near the city of Naples.

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11 сентября, 16:23

The curious case of Donald Trump’s travel ban

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ON THE campaign trail, Donald Trump promised a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering” America if he were elected president. One week after taking office, he tried to implement this policy, signing an executive order that prevented citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from coming to America for 90 days.

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08 сентября, 20:17

The fidget-spinner boom

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THE fidget spinner has three paddle-shaped blades attached to a central, weighted disc containing ball bearings. Flick a blade and it spins—for as long as 12 minutes, if it’s an advanced model from Japan.

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07 сентября, 17:40

Are Americans sacrificing food and clothing to pay their taxes?

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AMERICAN households are woefully overtaxed. That was the message delivered by President Donald Trump on September 6th in Mandan, North Dakota. Mr Trump told supporters that Americans labour under a “crushing” tax burden that puts the country at an economic disadvantage.

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06 сентября, 18:30

Wealth alone cannot account for Europe’s low birth rates

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JULIAN ASSANGE, the founder of WikiLeaks and apparently an amateur demographer, is worried about Europe’s declining birth rate. In a recent tweet he posited that “Capitalism + atheism + feminism = sterility = migration”, and noted that the leaders of Britain, France, Germany and Italy are all childless.

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06 сентября, 00:00

Purging lobbyists from Washington is harder than it looks

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THE influence industry in Washington is doing more with fewer people these days, if the official figures are to be believed. According to the Centre for Responsive Politics (CRP), a watchdog, lobbying expenses for the first six months of the year amounted to $1.67bn—the highest since 2012.

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04 сентября, 19:47

Why Chinese children born in years of the dragon are more successful

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DRAGONS have long been revered in Chinese culture. As a result, children born in the dragon years (or “dragon children”) of the zodiac calendar are thought to be destined for success in later life. A recent working paper by Naci Mocan and Han Yu, two economists at Louisiana State University, probes this superstition.

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01 сентября, 19:30

China’s high-speed trains are back on track

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CHINA’S high-speed rail system, just a decade old, is now one of the biggest infrastructure projects in history. The government in Beijing has spent an estimated 2.4trn yuan ($360bn) building 22,000km (13,670 miles) of high-speed rail lines, more than the rest of the world combined.