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Was the investment deal Europe signed with China worth it?

The Comprehensive Investment Agreement (CAI) was first proposed in 2012 as Europe increasingly saw its economic future in Asia (pdf) and sought closer ties with Beijing. Many, including this writer, thought the CAI would fall victim to these tensions. There are references in some of the declared ...

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Biden plans to fight climate change in a way no US president has before

Joe Biden stacks his leadership roles with people who can address the climate challenge from all angles.

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“The Office” is the most powerful force in streaming

As the most popular series on a streaming service, The Office is a big loss to Netflix and a bigger win to NBCUniversals Peacock.

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Will India’s Signal fever make a dent in WhatsApp’s 400 million user base?

The open source messaging app Signal and its seven-year-old rival Telegram have benefited from the anti-WhatsApp frenzy, but their popularity is still a long way from that of Facebook's own app.

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For better or worse, web infrastructure is not a public good

When Google, Apple, and Amazon AWS cracked down on Parler, a much wider segment of the public began to embrace an ongoing debate: Should the public be able to hold web infrastructure companies accountable?

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Southeast Asia is embracing China’s Sinovac vaccine despite its confusing efficacy data

In the largest study with the vaccine from the private Chinese biotech company, the effectiveness limit set by many regulatory authorities has just been exceeded.

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The Parler problem shows just how much the US has outsourced free speech protections

"Even if you don't understand Parler, the fact that these companies have this kind of power is worrying."

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Netflix will release a new movie every week in 2021

As long as the pandemic continues, Netflix will continue to dominate Hollywood, releasing more films - with more stars - than many of its rivals combined.

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After Covid-19 success, Moderna is going after an HIV vaccine

Instead, the innovative mRNA technology used to make the vaccine could work next. Vaccines that use mRNA can be used well beyond immunization - for example, to treat cancer or addiction, Lynda Stuart, assistant director of vaccines at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, told Quartz. Today Mode...

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India’s historic stock market boom is worrying its central bank

Indian stock markets are so out of line with the real economy that the country's central bank is now concerned. On Jan. 11, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said the "divide" between economic development and stock market developments had recently intensified and now posed "risks to the country's f...

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Grave ethical allegations hound India’s homegrown Covid-19 vaccine as it prepares for rollout

Bharat Biotech began to pay homage to controversy when scientists raised concerns about Covaxin's hasty approval. Some participants say they were not informed that they were part of a clinical trial.

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How Democrats can save the US economy over and over again

Senator Joe Manchin, the Conservative Democrat from West Virginia, has cold water pelted plans to send $ 2,000 checks to many American households in a future relief bill, arguing that new aid needs to be targeted. For Democratic leaders who have promised Georgian voters to hand in the new checks,...

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Hollywood finally has a replacement for the green screen

Sony is now selling a version of the virtual displays Disney developed with its popular Star Wars TV series.

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Three countries have pulled far ahead of the rest of the world in distributing Covid-19 vaccines

Israel, Bahrain and the UAE have vaccinated more of their populations than any other country. What's your secret?

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Can you spread Covid-19 if you get the vaccine?

We don't know if the vaccine can prevent transmission. The first job with vaccines is to prevent exposed people from getting sick. Therefore, the clinical studies for Covid-19 recordings should determine precisely this.

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Donald Trump has set the wheels in motion to scrap the H-1B lottery

After less than two weeks in office, the Donald Trump administration dealt another blow to the H-1B aspirants.

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Photos: Africa’s nature parks are in the midst of a pandemic-induced conservation crisis

What many conservationists believe is a complete reboot of the way the world is approaching wildlife conservation in Africa.

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Where to read Donald Trump’s tweets now that Twitter has closed his account

The Trump Twitter Archive allows users to search 56,000+ tweets posted to the account since 2009.

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Georgia voters have struck fear in the hearts of Big Tech companies

Democrats control the White House and both houses of Congress, empowering them to pass ambitious anti-monopoly laws.

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China praised itself for saving Uyghur women from being “baby-making machines”

The line the Chinese government is promoting is particularly troubling as researchers and journalists of Uighur women have shared reports of unwanted sterilization.

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African countries are turning to Russia, India, and China for Covid vaccines despite skepticism

Most African economies played too little or no role in the development of Covid-19 vaccines.

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Republicans courted violence at the US Capitol by ignoring this key law

Long before Republicans questioned the 2020 election results, the law gave governors the final say in certifying their state's voters.

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If China no longer wants to be the world’s factory, who will take its place?

China wants to focus on high-end manufacturing, leaving the work of producing labor-intensive goods to others. But if his plan works, who will take his place?

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Fortnite’s parent company is turning a North Carolina mall into its headquarters

Epic Games, which bought the Cary Towne Center in North Carolina, is the youngest company to take over a dying mall.

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Which urban areas will experience the most climate warming?

The so-called urban heat island effect is created by the abundance of asphalt and concrete, smog and heat emanating from buildings and vehicles. "There is a disproportionate relationship between the size of the urban area and its impact on the human experience of climate change," says Lei Zhao, p...

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Decoding the flags and banners seen at the Capitol Hill insurrection

Overall, they serve as a twisted ideological blanket for those who believe the U.S. elections were stolen from incumbent President Donald Trump.

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Big business is turning against Trump and his fellow insurrection enablers

JPMorgan Chase's Jamie Dimon and Microsoft's Brad Smith were among executives pleading with officials to stop the violence in Washington - and accept the 2020 US election results.

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After a rough ride in 2020, India’s banking system faces a litmus test this year

The Central Bank of India warns that "the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic could adversely affect the health of banks if political support is withdrawn".

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What China is saying about the pro-Trump insurrection at the US Capitol

The Global Times' Chinese website featured headlines such as “An Iconic Humiliation! The madness of the capital has hurt the US government

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Why Jeff Bezos, Warren Buffett, and Jamie Dimon gave up on their venture to disrupt US healthcare

Haven, the non-profit joint venture of the three companies, will cease all operations next February after three short years of operation. This development is not entirely unexpected as most of Haven's top talent, including its CEO - the doctor and high-profile health researcher Atul Gawande who l...

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