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Korean Air’s “nut rage” sisters step down

FOUR years ago, Cho Hyun-ah, an executive at Korean Air made headlines around the world when she threw a fit because she was served macadamia nuts in …

South Korea

A typical American birth costs as much as delivering a royal baby

A ROYAL birth is always heralded with great fanfare, and the arrival of the Duchess of Cambridge’s third baby on April 23rd was no exception. Throngs …

Royal Babies

The West’s bombing of Syria meets some approval from Muslims

ON THE streets of west European cities, secular leftists, politically active Muslims and radically minded Christians (a rarefied constituency, but …

Middle East

Donald Trump is more popular than ever with white evangelicals

IN CASE anyone should think American white evangelicals are actually in favour of extra-marital affairs with porn stars, Robert Jeffress, a …

Donald Trump

Most banks won’t touch America’s legal pot industry

IT IS often said that markets hate uncertainty. America’s marijuana industry is no exception. Earlier this year Jeff Sessions, the country’s …

Cannabis

Kendrick Lamar's Pulitzer moment

ON MONDAY Kendrick Lamar, a 30-year-old rapper from Compton, Los Angeles, won the Pulitzer prize for music. It was an extraordinary moment, and not …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Americans will no longer have to sign for credit-card purchases

AMERICANS, and people who travel to America, have good reason to celebrate this month. By the end of April, the four major credit-card networks in …

Identity Theft

Hiral Tipirneni is unlikely to win a special congressional election in Arizona

THE Democratic wave that propelled the party to surprise victories in special elections in Alabama and Pennsylvania seems unlikely to reach Arizona’s …

Political Science

Europeans remain welcoming to immigrants

FOR those who believe that migration can, if managed properly, make a country materially and culturally richer, recent developments in European …

Europe

Kremlin-backed fake news targets Britain

IT WAS Britain, not Russia, that poisoned Sergei Skripal and his daughter, to stoke Russophobia. Or perhaps Ukraine targeted the former spy, to frame …

Nerve Agents

Where Syria’s despot Bashar al-Assad is likely to strike next

IF THE cruise missiles that slammed into Syria on April 14th rattled President Bashar al-Assad, he did his best not to show it. Hours after America, …

Middle East

How long will Latin America support “American values”?

THE last time the leaders of 30-odd countries from the Americas met, in Panama in 2015, the presidents of the United States and Cuba, longtime …

Conflicts of Interest

Mullahs rig the price of moolah in Iran

FOR the second time in as many months, Iran’s “dollar patrol” is on the streets. The country’s currency, the rial, has lost a third of its value on …

South Asia

Robots can assemble IKEA furniture

IN 1997 it was chess. In 2016 it was the ancient game of Go. Now it seems computers have mastered a task that stretches the human brain to its limit. …

Robotics

Armenia’s unpopular president makes himself prime minister

“I BELIEVE that one person must not aspire to the reins of power more than twice in a lifetime,” Serzh Sargsyan, then president of Armenia, declared …

Europe

The Colombian guerrillas who won’t give up their guns

JUAN MANUEL SANTOS chose his words carefully after signing a peace deal with Colombia’s FARC guerrillas in 2016, officially ending a 50-year-long …

South America

America is on track to admit the fewest refugees in four decades

DURING the Iraq war, Suleiman’s family worked closely with the American army in Mosul, as interpreters. When Islamic State took the city over—and its …

Immigration

A Russian created Telegram. Now Russia is trying to block it

TELEGRAM, a sleek online messaging service founded in 2013, has 200m users worldwide. About 15m of them are in Russia, the homeland of its founder, …

Privacy

The racist origin of state laws on juries is encouraging change

TWO of the jurors who sat in judgment at Willie Dunn junior’s murder trial in 2011 thought he had a plausible claim to self-defence, and voted to …

New Orleans

How African governments try to control what is said online

IN THE West, when celebrities post revealing videos on Instagram, they may find themselves mocked by tabloids and gossip websites. In Tanzania they …

Africa

Asia’s appetite for endangered species is relentless

EVEN the Minahasan people, who pride themselves on eating bushmeat, call the collection of stalls at Tomohon, in the highlands of North Sulawesi, the …

Extinction

Pakistan’s most popular television channel is under attack

RANA JAWAD pinches the bridge of his nose. For much of the past month the director of news at Geo TV, Pakistan’s most popular channel, has marshalled …

Human Rights

Sean Hannity shares a lot with Donald Trump, including an attorney

WHEN Donald Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, was raided by the FBI last week, it was the biggest story in America. But the news moves fast in …

Donald Trump

Britain’s ambitious apprenticeship reforms are in trouble

IN 1563 Parliament passed the Statute of Artificers, to “banish idleness, advance husbandry, and yield unto the hired person...a convenient …

Economics

Emmanuel Macron’s ambitious plans for Europe are running aground

WHEN France’s president speaks about Europe, his remarks are directed in part at Germany. Before his election in 2017 Emmanuel Macron went to great …

Europe

An alarming rise in mental-health sectioning in Britain

“I CAN’T remember how many times I was sectioned,” says Hannah MacDonald, a former nurse. She recalls much of the first time, though. During therapy …

Mental Health

Donald Trump alienates farmers

“EVERYONE in pork production is more anxious than they have been for 20 years,” says Jimmy Tosh, a pig farmer from north-western Tennessee. As for …

Agriculture

High prices in America’s cities are reviving the suburbs

JUST as Cody Butler and Joey Trombetta were searching for a spot to open a second branch of their Austin-based fitness boutique, Heat Bootcamp, they …

Urban Design

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party is doing lasting damage

FOR a glimpse of Poland under the populist Law and Justice (PiS) party, tune in to the news on the state television channel, Telewizja Polska (TVP). …

Europe

Mis-labelled Ibérico ham makes Spanish foodies squeal

ON A spring morning in Extremadura, a few miles from the border with Portugal, a herd of brown Ibérico pigs is gambolling in the <i>dehesa</i>, the open …

Foodies