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23 июня, 19:04

Why calculating a British parliamentary majority is so tricky

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THERE are many quirks to the British parliamentary system. One is that the distance between the front benches is precisely the length of two drawn swords. Subservience to the queen in forming and dissolving a government is another. Working out what exactly constitutes a majority is a third.

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22 июня, 21:14

America’s segregated labour market

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MEN and women often pursue different lines of work. This form of segregation has important consequences. The fastest-growing industries in America are those that have long employed more women, such as health care and education.

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21 июня, 20:56

The hope for Democrats after special-election losses

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EVEN though Donald Trump has spent the first five months of his presidency mired in self-sabotage, Democrats still seem unable to win. Because Mr Trump poached four Republicans from the House of Representatives to fill senior posts in his administration, their successors must be decided by special election.

20 июня, 19:49

The number of forcibly displaced people grew to a record in 2016

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THE number of people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes reached 65.6m in 2016, the highest level since records began, according to a new report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). A third of these are refugees and asylum-seekers who have fled abroad; the rest still live in the same country.

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19 июня, 17:17

Three South American countries hold over half the world’s lithium

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LITHIUM is a coveted commodity. Lithium-ion batteries store energy that powers mobile phones, electric cars and electricity grids (when attached to wind turbines and photovoltaic cells). Demand is expected nearly to triple by 2025.

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16 июня, 18:48

A new type of drone, neither military nor civilian, is emerging

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TO MOST people a drone is one of two very different kinds of pilotless aircraft: a toy or a weapon.

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15 июня, 16:09

Markets are losing faith in Donald Trump

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TRADERS are not usually a cheery lot. But they seemed more than pleased last November when Donald Trump stunned pollsters to win the presidency.

14 июня, 20:44

The global inequality of blood supplies

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TODAY is World Blood Donor Day, celebrating those who each year make more than 112m blood donations. A single one can save up to three lives. Most of those lives are in rich countries, and not just because of better health care. Nearly 30% of blood donations occur in Europe, which has about a tenth of the world’s population.

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13 июня, 20:15

Around the world, beer consumption is falling

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THE world appears to have passed peak booze. The volume of alcoholic drinks consumed globally fell by 1.4% in 2016, to 250bn litres, according to IWSR, a research firm. It is the second consecutive year of decline, and only the third since data started to be collected in 1994.

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12 июня, 23:40

Interracial marriages are rising in America

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IN JUNE 1958 Mildred Jeter and Richard Loving drove north from rural Virginia to Washington, DC to wed. Their honeymoon period, however, was short-lived. About a month after they had returned home, in the early hours of the morning, local police roused them out of bed and arrested them.

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09 июня, 12:23

British voters refuse to give the Conservatives a mandate

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UK politicsRead more British election coverage THERESA MAY’s political career is in jeopardy after her Conservative Party suffered a disastrous upset in yesterday’s snap election. Instead of the stronger majority the prime minister was expecting, voters returned a hung parliament, in which no party commands a majority.

09 июня, 05:31

The Economist’s projection: 320 seats for the Conservatives

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AS CONSTITUENCY results trickle in, The Economist is publishing a statistical forecast of the likeliest outcome. At present, we put the Tories on 320 seats—a few seats shy of an overall majority. Betting markets are nearly certain that no party will command an overall majority once all the dust is settled.