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Why a record number of container ships are chilling off the California coast

As retailers prepare for the holiday season, a record number of container ships attempting to bring imported goods into the U.S. are stuck off the California coast - another victim of ongoing global supply chain disruptions. 65 ships waited to dock in the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach on Sa...

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How the first truly continental railroad could change North American trade

Canadian Pacific will expand its rail network from Canada to Mexico with the acquisition of Kansas City Southern.

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Why are steel prices so high when iron ore prices have crashed? Because: China

China, which makes 57% of the world's steel, plans to cut its production this year - meaning the chronic shortage of new cars and other products is likely to continue in the near future.

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Hundreds of former international flight attendants accuse United Airlines of discrimination

The closure of US bases overseas and the layoffs of 536 flight attendants who were not US citizens show how laws and corporations have yet to catch up with the realities of the globalized workforce.

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Boris Johnson was no match for Nicki Minaj in an online spat about vaccine misinformation

Prime Minister Boris Johnson was trolled online after rejecting Minaj's vaccine misinformation

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The best way to avoid new Covid variants is to delay booster shots

Prioritizing vaccine distribution around the world over booster vaccines can help prevent dangerous new variants from emerging.

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Texas’s new social media law is a clear violation of the First Amendment

Last week, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed a law banning the largest social media companies from removing users or their posts based on their political views. Also, Texans can sue social media sites with more than 50 million US users for perceived violations. The law categorizes social media pl...

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The Covid spike in highly vaccinated Israel holds grim omens for other economies

Israel's vaccination campaign was a shining example. But the late summer Covid-19 spike gives other countries reasons to worry about a spike in the coronavirus in their own near future.

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US hospitals are losing more nurses than ever to lucrative contract work

A shortage of nursing care in the US is leading nurses to leave their full-time jobs for more lucrative contracts.

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Biden is preparing to direct private employers to require Covid-19 vaccinations

The U.S. President is expected to urge OSHA to issue a new emergency rule to contain the tide of Covid-19 cases.

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Why did the UAE kidnap, abuse, and deport 700 African workers?

Around 700 African migrant workers were arrested, ill-treated and deported by the UAE, according to a report. Racism could have been involved.

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Opioid overdoses are killing more Black Americans than ever

Wire star Michael K. Williams appears to be among the latest victims as overdose deaths rise among black Americans.

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The world’s biggest carbon-sucking machine is switching on in Iceland

The plant operated by the Swiss mechanical engineering startup Climeworks, known as Orca, will consume around 870 cars a year. Orca will increase total global DAC capacity by approximately 50%, adding to the dozen smaller facilities already operating in Europe, Canada and the United States. The s...

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Japan is defending its rare earth industry from foreign takeovers

It is designed to identify sectors related to critical metals, including rare earths, as keys to national security and subject to strict safeguards.

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Why bitcoin, ethereum prices are climbing higher

Crypto assets tend to be very volatile, with prices playing around on the latest speculation.

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A televised “rape demonstration” in Ivory Coast has invited serious backlash

Amid lighthearted jokes and banter, Kader presented his techniques for "successful rape," with the host interjecting to ask if some victims were having fun, and the duo gave women advice on how to avoid rape.

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Why politically outspoken CEOs are staying silent on Texas’s new abortion law

After the state of Georgia passed a law restricting voting rights in March, executives at hundreds of companies, led by former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault and Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, condemned the law in the name of racial equality. It was the latest sign of how business leaders are ...

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Beijing is having trouble selling its citizens on a partnership with the Taliban

For many, Beijing's friendly stance towards the Taliban is unexpected and confusing, considering how China has hyped threats of alleged Islamic extremism at home.

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Why are China’s diplomats sometimes so undiplomatic?

Peter Martin, author of China's Civilian Army, explains that Wolf Warrior diplomats have a 70-year-old ethos of being soldiers in the fight against the world.

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We are about to learn how long a rocket maker survives without a rocket

SpaceX nearly went bankrupt when it got through the three failed launches of its first rocket, the Falcon 1. Rocket Lab and Virgin Orbit both saw their first flight tests go south before proving they could put satellites into orbit. Over the weekend, Astra Space reached the sixth rocket it had at...

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California passed a bill that could dramatically increase its housing stock

The state parliament approved a bill that allows semi-detached houses on plots that were previously reserved for single-family homes.

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China’s boycott of Australia has redirected global flows of coal

Since Beijing launched an unofficial boycott of Australian coal last October to escalate the trade conflict between the two countries, global coal flows have changed fundamentally. While Chinese imports of Australian coal have effectively dropped to zero, imports from other countries have skyrock...

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The US may have a new top secret space weapon. What is it?

As Western military space honchos gathered in Colorado this week, a tantalizing report by journalist Theresa Hitchens was released: The Pentagon debated whether or not to reveal a top-secret space weapon, but the process was based on the US withdrawal from Afghanistan Put on ice. Brian Weeden, an...

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The US is randomly rejecting travelers from Europe with valid visas

Europeans trying to board flights in Dubrovnik to circumvent the US travel ban are struggling to get US Customs approval to board.

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Why has Covid-19 had less of an impact in Africa?

After more than a year of the pandemic, scientists have some understanding of why its impact is significantly less in sub-Saharan Africa compared to America, Europe and Asia.

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“Like a bomb blast”: When two men fell from a flying plane and on this man’s roof in Kabul

On August 16, videos surfaced from Kabul showing chaotic scenes from thousands gathered at the airport. Another horrific video showed people falling from the same plane while it was in the air.

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The US Supreme Court’s Indiana University ruling isn’t a free pass for vaccine mandates

Judge Amy Coney Barrett denied Indiana University students' requests to block their school's vaccination mandate. What does this mean for future lawsuits against vaccination requirements?

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‘Tainted’ blood: Covid skeptics request blood transfusions from unvaccinated donors

Some patients who are skeptical about Covid-19 vaccinations only request transfusions from unvaccinated people, an option that blood centers insist on is neither medically sensible nor operatively feasible.

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Afghanistan has 22 tons of gold in a New York vault. The Taliban can’t touch it.

The Biden government has frozen the Afghan government's holdings in US banks and has prevented the Taliban from accessing billions of dollars - including $ 1.25 in gold bars in a New York bank vault.

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Uganda will host thousands of Afghan refugees

After the Taliban quickly took over their homeland, Uganda is said to temporarily accept 2,000 Afghan refugees. Uganda's Minister for Aid, Disaster Risk Reduction and Refugees, Esther Anyakun, told the country's daily that President Yoweri Museveni had granted a US request to let her stay in Ugan...

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