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China is rapidly becoming the leading nuclear energy superpower

On September 22nd, China announced an ambitious goal of reducing its carbon footprint to zero by 2060. To do this, the country's energy system needs a major overhaul - a transition made difficult by the fact that the country is still rapidly building new coal. fired power plants, by far the predo...

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Even coal companies are now divesting from coal

What's different now is the pace at which coal companies themselves, many with few other options, are trying to leave coal behind, says Clark Williams-Derry, an energy financial analyst at the Institute of Energy and Financial Analysis. The coal spin-off, Consol Energy, has lost about 90% of its ...

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One of Disney’s main profit centers is melting down

Disney's theme parks division has long been one of its most lucrative companies. Yesterday the company announced it was laying off 28,000 employees at its US theme parks. Nearly a third of Disney park workers, many of whom have been on vacation since April, are affected.

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Who are the Proud Boys?

Donald Trump told the right-wing, chauvinist group to "stand by" in the presidential debate.

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China gears up for “revenge travel” during its Golden Week holiday

Around 550 million citizens are expected to be out and about during the country's eight-day national holiday and mid-autumn festival.

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These are the countries with the biggest immigration gains and losses under Trump

In his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump made great promises about immigration. From building a Mexico-funded wall along the US's southern border to banning refugees, reducing the number of foreigners entering the US has been central to his agenda. Almost four years after his election, the...

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Why Uber transit won’t work in India

Almost a year after launching its public transportation system in Delhi, Uber is ready to go to its second Indian city. The function provides commuters with real-time information on stops near public transport and departure schedules. On September 17, Uber announced that it had partnered with Hyd...

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Kamala Harris needs to go beyond flaunting her Indian heritage to woo American desis

The 55-year-old senator is being judged on a variety of policy areas ranging from climate to immigration to police reform in Kashmir. Some hit the Indian-American community more than others.

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Cameroon’s “president for life” is facing protests as the Anglophone crisis rumbles on

November 6th will mark the 38th anniversary of President Paul Biya in power in Cameroon. This makes him the second longest head of state in Africa after his colleague Teodoro Obiang from Equatorial Guinea. The 87-year-old Biya became president in 1982, long before the majority of the 25 million p...

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A new Trump admin proposal will make it more difficult for African students to study in the US

Africa accounts for 36 of the 59 countries affected by the DHS proposed changes to student visa regulations.

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CEOs of Indian listed companies draw fat paychecks—and that only widens the salary gap

Only one company, Reliance Industries, owned by India's richest man, Mukesh Ambani, has not made this data public in its Sebi records. Instead, the RIL annual report stated that the data "can be provided on request".

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Why the world needs to wake up to India’s Jio

"Reliance has proven itself time and time again as a company with excellent technical capabilities that give it a high chance of getting a place at the high stake table."

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Netflix’s “Three-Body Problem” has to figure out how to not be the next “Mulan”

Any US entertainment company that produces an intercultural production with China should be prepared for an intercultural backlash.

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Trump is spending $150 million to train Americans to replace H-1B workers

The aim is to "train the current workforce and train a new generation of workers to grow the future workforce" in sectors such as information technology and cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing and transportation.

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Tesla is preparing to take over the world with its new battery—just not yet

Yesterday, Tesla's Battery Day saw two magic numbers heeded: $ 100 per kilowatt hour and 1 million miles. Battery costs for electric vehicles (EVs) need to be reduced to around USD 100 per kWh in order to achieve cost parity with internal combustion engines. CEO Elon Musk promised the first and d...

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How much US debt does China own?

As tensions between the US and China - through trade, Hong Kong, Taiwan and even TikTok - escalate, officials have raised concerns that Beijing could use its stash of US Treasuries to destabilize the US economy and force Washington to retreat to force. Ordinary people are concerned, too: In a 201...

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Regulators in Africa’s big economies are scrambling to get on top of a spike in cryptocurrency trade

Nigeria and South Africa are stepping up their plans to regulate the cryptocurrency amid rapid local adoption

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The Hong Kong police now get to decide who’s a member of the press

The police have become increasingly hostile to the media, often claiming, for example, that there are many "false reporters" during protests.

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How no-fee stock trading is changing the stock market

Charles Schwab, Robinhood, ETrade and TD Ameritrade will offer retail investors fee-free stock trading starting in 2019. Is it good?

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China’s jailing of an outspoken property tycoon is a warning to its elites: Stay quiet

In an essay, Ren referred to President Xi Jinping as "a clown who stripped naked and insisted on being emperor."

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The TikTok deal’s real winner is Larry Ellison

When the dust settled on the story of TikTok's fate in the US, one company turned out to be the clear winner: With the help of the federal government, the software manufacturer Oracle demolished TikTok's cloud storage contract from Google and came out with a 12.5% Share in the hottest social medi...

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Most Indians say they could not get a Covid-19 ICU bed without using their clout

Almost 80% of Indians who needed an ICU bed or knew someone who did it either had to chase hospitals or be some sort of influence.

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Trump banned Tiktok and WeChat—what now?

Trump finally announced a ban on TikTok and WeChat after months of threatening the apps for national security reasons. But it is not that simple.

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Robinhood’s speedy rise is shaking up the brokerage market

Robinhood is following a well-trodden path to disrupting brokerage, but the pace of its rise is causing shock waves in the industry. Here's what you need to know about Robinhood and how it works.

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Why China’s prized booze company is helping bail out a highway builder

The Chinese government is increasingly relying on K Weichow Moutai, one of its most valuable publicly traded companies, for financial aid.

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This is Trump’s list of replacements for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Court observers suspect Judge Amy Coney Barrett is the most likely choice among five judges admired by Conservatives.

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California can’t recover from its devastating fires unless it overhauls its zoning laws

Because of California's restrictive zoning laws, more residents live in areas prone to forest fires and it is more difficult to accommodate survivors who lose their homes.

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Coronavirus has made it easier for millennials to scale back the big fat Indian wedding

"I always wanted a small wedding, but my fiancé and my parents never agreed. A guest list of 100 would have caused a scandal if we had proposed it."

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Snowflake’s IPO is a bet on companies using AI for everything

Snowflake's $ 70 billion valuation is based on its ability to analyze cloud data faster and cheaper than the competition.

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Can a patient get reinfected with Covid-19 after making a full recovery?

People shouldn't really be running to have their virus sequenced. That just creates unnecessary pressure on the system.

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