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21 июля, 19:19

Two of the biggest dark-web markets have been shut down

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ON JULY 20th law-enforcement agencies across the world announced that they had taken down two “dark-web” marketplaces, AlphaBay and Hansa. These websites, accessible only via a browser that ensures anonymity, are used to peddle drugs, guns, hacking services and countless other illicit products.

20 июля, 20:27

In America, you are what you eat

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WHAT is soppressata? Google searches for the Italian meat surged last week, thanks to a column by David Brooks in the New York Times in which he recounted an awkward lunch at an upscale delicatessen with “a friend with only a high-school degree”.

19 июля, 20:45

The last gasp

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EVERY two years the World Health Organisation (WHO) takes stock of the efforts of governments around the globe to curb smoking. The latest report, published today, shows that only a single country, Turkey, has implemented to the fullest degree all of the measures recommended by the WHO.

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18 июля, 20:17

How a countryʼs perceived openness affects its clout abroad

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JOSEPH NYE, an American political scientist, first coined the term “soft power” in 1990. It describes the ability to coax and persuade others, rather than coerce them. For countries, it is a way to spread influence subtly without the use of armies, sanctions or other forceful techniques.

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17 июля, 19:13

A key White House post remains unfilled: First Pet

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DONALD TRUMP has broken the mould of the American presidency in almost every major category. He is the country’s oldest commander-in-chief, its richest and the only one in history without any governmental or military experience. He is one of just two presidents since 1888 to win an election without winning the popular vote.

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14 июля, 23:17

Theresa May celebrates one lonely year in Downing Street

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A COUPLE of months ago Theresa May was settling in for what looked like being a long stay in 10 Downing Street. These days the speculation is about whether she can last the summer.

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13 июля, 18:11

The Big Mac index

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THE Big Mac index is a lighthearted guide to whether currencies are at their “correct” level. It is based on the theory of purchasing-power parity, the notion that global exchange rates should eventually adjust to make the price of identical baskets of tradable goods the same in each country.

12 июля, 20:44

Why Europe needs more migrants

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EUROPE’S biggest countries were once among the biggest anywhere. In 1950, four of the world’s ten most populous states were in western Europe alone. But decades of falling birth rates have resulted in slower population growth in Europe than in other regions. By 2017, Europe’s most populous country, Germany, ranked just 16th globally.

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11 июля, 17:39

America’s gap between black and white infants’ mortality has stopped narrowing

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BLACK babies born in America are more than twice as likely as white ones to die before their first birthdays. A large racial gap has been present for as long as statistics have been kept.

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10 июля, 21:23

Why it is closing time for so many London pubs

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THE public house, once a linchpin of British nightlife, is in decline. According to the British Beer and Pub Association, the total number of watering holes in Blighty has fallen by 25% since 1982, to 50,800. During the same period, Britain's population has risen by 16%. Why are pubs falling out of favour?

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07 июля, 20:18

Triple-doubles in basketball reflect selfishness as well as versatility

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OFF-SEASON drama in North America’s National Basketball Association (NBA) reached high gear on July 6th, when teams officially became able to sign free agents. Among the most momentous transactions so far has been the Oklahoma City Thunder’s acquisition of Paul George, a star small forward.

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06 июля, 19:12

Brazil’s army is becoming a de facto police force

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THE last time a big Brazilian city was attacked was in 1711, when a French corsair briefly captured Rio de Janeiro. The country’s official defence review states that “at present, Brazil has no enemies”. Nonetheless, Brazil maintains the world’s 15th-biggest standing army, and spends more on defence than Israel does.