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The new normal

ON THE streets of Brussels they had been dreading the next attack. But when Islamic State (IS) eventually struck, on March 22nd at Zaventem airport …

Terrorism

A hollow superpower

JUBILANT crowds waved Russian flags; homecoming pilots were given fresh-baked bread by women in traditional dress. Judging by the pictures on …

Russia

Goodbye, Rubio Tuesday

TWO of the most loathed politicians in America won big on March 1st in the electoral smorgasbord that is Super Tuesday. Hillary Clinton won seven of …

Government

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IT IS a quiet morning on the outskirts of Mumbai, the air still mild. Dusty streets are dappled with sunlight, a stray dog rummages through some …

eCommerce

Battle lines

HILLARY CLINTON will be the Democratic nominee; the man most likely to face her in November on the Republican ticket is Donald Trump.<p>Those are the …

Political Science

Showdown

<b>UPDATE Mar 12th 2016: AlphaGo has won the third game against Lee Sedol, and has thus won the five-game match.</b><p>TWO : NIL to the computer. That was the …

Artificial Intelligence

For whom the bubble blows

SHANGHAI, China’s financial centre, does not make it easy on outsiders wishing to buy homes. Non-residents who are single are banned from buying …

Housing

Things are looking app

SAVILE ROW in London is best known for producing some of the world’s finest bespoke suits. But tucked away in a quiet corner of the same street is a …

Digital Health

Mandarin lessons

“WANTED: people of promise”, proclaimed ads for America’s Federal Service Entrance Examination, introduced in 1955. Applicants faced posers on …

One step forward, one step back

WHEN Hind Al-Otaibi went to the Riyadh Personal Status Court to have her father struck out as her <i>wali</i>, or guardian, the judges seemed sympathetic. …

House of Saud

Blue seas, black holes

“FREEDOM! We want freedom!” cried inmates of the Camp Street prison in Guyana’s capital, Georgetown. But in three days of unrest that began on March …

Trump done well

FOR Donald Trump to get his mitts (which are of a decent size, he claims) on the White House, two things must happen. First, he needs to win the …

Open universities

THE University of Liverpool is growing fast. Since 2011 it has invested nearly £250m ($360m) in new student accommodation, across three different …

The great divergence

IN THE Nuvotronics factory in Durham, North Carolina, small is beautiful. The firm, founded in 2008, uses a process resembling 3D printing to make …

North Carolina

Speed merchants

FEW countries are as adept at making luxury cars as Britain. Plutocrats and footballers queue to buy Rolls-Royces and Bentleys. Speed freaks in want …

Auto Shows

Ore-inspiring

IN DECEMBER an adviser to China’s government predicted that GDP growth would soon rebound. Now was a good time, he said, to buy shares in companies …

Xi Jinping

The future of computing

IN 1971 the fastest car in the world was the Ferrari Daytona, capable of 280kph (174mph). The world’s tallest buildings were New York’s twin towers, …

Supercars