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The pontiff and the party

NOT long after a puff of white smoke appeared over the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 14th 2013 and Xi Jinping assumed the presidency …

China

Great expectations

ON THE morning of August 26th Indonesia’s president-elect went for a walk. In one sense this was nothing new: as mayor of Solo and governor of …

Asia

Hackers Inc - Cybercrime

Special report<p>CybercrimeHackers Inc<p>AT 2PM ON March 20th 2013 the hard drives of tens of thousands of computers in South Korea were suddenly wiped …

Cybersecurity

Business this week

The S&P <i>500</i> stockmarket index rose above 2,000 for the first time, 16-and-a-half years after passing the 1,000 mark. Having wilted in July the index …

Budget Deficit

Quantitative freezing

AS PART of its quest to end Japan’s 15-year-old deflationary torpor, the Bank of Japan is buying around 70% of all newly issued Japanese government …

Bank of Japan

What are brands for?

WHEN Imperial Tobacco, the world’s fourth-largest cigarette-maker, said in July that it would spend $7.1 billion to expand its business in America, …

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Modernising the mandarins

THE senior civil servants huddled in an Oxford seminar room are some of the most discreetly influential people in Britain. Known as “mandarins” (a …

Who wants to rescue the regime?

NOW that the jihadists of the Islamic State (IS) are threatening not just the regime based in Baghdad but also the sturdier forces of Iraq’s …

Middle East