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Could Donald Trump's lone ranger approach provide the silver bullet?

The president’s rejection of multilateralism is risky but our 70-year-old rule-based system is far from perfect<p>Donald Trump is playing with fire. That thought permeated last week’s spring meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Washington.<p>The US president’s go-it-alone …

Economics

Exposure to sheep could trigger multiple sclerosis, study suggests

Exposure to a toxin primarily found in sheep could trigger multiple sclerosis, a new study suggests.<p>More than 100,000 people in Britain have been diagnosed with MS, which occurs when the immune system attacks the protective coating surrounding nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord.<p>The condition …

Multiple Sclerosis

The Rohingya Crisis Is Becoming Islam’s Genocide; What Are We Doing About It?

The UN investigates. The Holocaust museum has even rescinded a prize it once gave to Aung San Suu Kyi. Yet, we still risk letting this unfathomable …

Human Rights

The Island Where France's Colonial Legacy Lives On

A memorial for the slaves of Guadeloupe has become a flashpoint for still-unresolved social and economic grievances.<p>Long before it became the first slavery memorial in the French West Indies, the Darboussier Sugar Factory powered France’s Caribbean empire. In the 19th century, the …

Latin America

U.S. reportedly raises objections to state-run Chinese company taking control of Long Beach port terminal

U.S. regulators are reportedly raising objections that Cosco Shipping, a state-run Chinese company, could take control of a container terminal at the Port of Long Beach as part of its $6.3-billion acquisition of another company.<p>The concerns have been raised by the Committee on Foreign Investment in …

Wall Street

Stench Leads to Home Crawling With Stolen Tortoises—10,000 of Them

A gruesome discovery by authorities in Madagascar highlights a grave threat to a highly endangered species of tortoise.<p>Soary Randrianjafizanaka set out with police, colleagues, and others earlier this month to investigate a rancid smell coming from a two-story house in Toliara, a town on the …

Extinction

Uproar in Canada after homeopath gives boy pill made from rabid dog's saliva

Homeopathic remedy allegedly cured behaviour problem Critics seek review of system for approving homeopathic treatments<p>The Canadian government’s system of approving homeopathic treatments has been challenged after a naturopath in the province of British Columbia claimed to have treated a …

Naturopathic Medicine

Canada is not a country.

Scott Gilmore: If our rag tag federation can’t build pipelines, move beer or find some common bonds, we may have a fatal problem<p>I want to fly up to …

Canada

How Chinese gangs are laundering drug money through Vancouver real estate

Criminal syndicates that control chemical factories in China’s booming Guangdong province are shipping narcotics, including fentanyl, to Vancouver, …

Corruption

Report: EU countries to be straitjacketed by China's New Silk Road

European firms could miss out on China's $900 billion infrastructure initiative, warns a leaked report by EU diplomats. It said the New Silk Road …

China

House Prices In Canada Are Now Under The Control Of Global Forces

An IMF study warns local housing markets are at increasing risk from external shocks, but government policy can change that.<p>Housing markets, most …

Canadian Real Estate

Belgium comes to terms with 'human zoos' of its colonial past

Sixty years ago, Belgium set up a live display of people from Congo for the 1958 world fair. Now the country is rethinking that legacy<p>Sixty years ago on Tuesday, Belgium staged the opening of the 1958 world fair, a glittering 200-day celebration of postwar social, cultural and technological …

Africa

IMF Says China's Complex Fiscal System Needs ‘Crucial’ Overhaul

China’s sprawling local government financing system needs “crucial” reforms to increase consumption, build prosperity and encourage economic …

Economics

Horgan still blocking Trans Mountain after meeting with Trudeau and Notley

OTTAWA — B.C. Premier John Horgan says his meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley did nothing to end his …

Canada

EU: Turkey's membership hopes at an all-time low

Turkey will receive the most damning evaluation yet of its EU accession hopes, more than a decade after it launched its bid to join the bloc. The …

North Africa

All of the World's Yeast Probably Originated in China

Baker’s yeast, brewer’s yeast, yeast that lives in infected toenails—they all descended from a common ancestor.<p>When scientists in France set out to sequence 1,000 yeast genomes, they looked at strains from all the places you might expect: beer, bread, wine.<p>But also: sewage, termite mounds, tree …

Anthropology

Why American Students Haven't Gotten Better at Reading in 20 Years

Schools usually focus on teaching comprehension skills instead of general knowledge—even though education researchers know better.<p>Every two years, education-policy wonks gear up for what has become a time-honored ritual: the release of the Nation’s Report Card. Officially known as the National …

Education

Trump flirts with re-entering massive trade pact

A move to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership would be a stunning reversal for the protectionist-minded president.<p>President Donald Trump mollified some of his most ardent trade critics on Thursday, opening up the door to re-engaging in a massive trade deal he campaigned against and reassuring them …

Donald Trump

Germany's foreign population reaches record 10.6 million

The number of foreigners in Germany grew by around 5.8 percent in 2017. The new statistics show that while refugee arrivals have leveled off, …

North Africa

IMF's Lagarde warns China on 'Silk Road' debt

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde believes China's "Belt and Road" is a good idea, but she also warned about …

China

Wealth inequality is soaring – here are the 10 reasons why it’s happening

By 2030 the richest 1% will own two-thirds of global wealth. But there are avoidable causes of this extreme wealth gap<p>Damning statistic follows damning statistic on wealth inequality. The latest, from the House of Commons, is that by 2030 the richest 1% will own two-thirds of global wealth. The …

Income Inequality

People want homes, jobs, a future: no wonder they distrust capitalism now

Post-cold war politics shifted to the right, and ordinary people suffered. Mainstream parties need to know what went wrong<p>It’s just like old times. Donald Trump has picked a fight with China over trade and he is at odds with Russia over Syria. Relations between Beijing and Moscow are getting closer …

Economics

Braid: Coming soon, the NDP bill to choke off fuel to B.C.

Edmonton

‘I’m the victim of the exchange rate in my own country’: Canadians seethe over Vail acquisition of Whistler Blackcomb

The takeover of Canada’s most iconic ski resort by an American corporation was never going to go smoothly. But Vail Resorts’ US$1 billion acquisition …

Skiing

The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …

Pedagogy

Missiles 'will be coming' to Syria, Trump says after Russia warns against U.S. strike

U.S. President Donald Trump warned Russia on Wednesday of imminent military action in Syria over a suspected poison gas attack, declaring that …

Middle East

Sorry, Brexiters. Banking on the Commonwealth is a joke

As director of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, I know what this institution does – and the notion that it can pick up the slack when the UK leaves the EU is nonsense. By Philip Murphy<p>‘So, Professor Murphy,” said the voice at the end of the line. “What does the Commonwealth mean to you?” It …

United Kingdom

AP Explains: US targets heart of China's economic blueprint

BEIJING (AP) — President Donald Trump's threat to hike tariffs on technology imports from China strikes at the heart of Beijing's state-led blueprint for prosperity and restoring the nation's greatness.<p>For four decades, China has leaned on foreign companies to hand over technology — or help …

China

The untold story of modern science is one of empire and colonial exploitation

Sir Ronald Ross had just returned from an expedition to Sierra Leone. The British doctor had been leading efforts to tackle the malaria that so often killed English colonists in the country, and in December 1899 he gave a lecture to the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce about his experience. In the …

Cape Town

Hollywood director Taika Waititi says New Zealand is racist

Waititi says while his homeland is ‘the best place on the planet’ it was ‘pretty shit growing up poor in the country’<p>Acclaimed Hollywood director Taika Waititi has criticised his home country of New Zealand as “racist as fuck”.<p>In a wide-ranging interview with Dazed and Confused magazine, the …

Human Rights