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Elon Musk and Cathie Wood disagree on bitcoin’s climate impact

Sometimes Bitcoin seems worth whatever Tesla founder Elon Musk and star stock picker Cathie Wood say. A wide variety of crypto assets were hit yesterday when Musk said the electric car company would stop accepting Bitcoin as payment until it is made using more sustainable energy sources. "We are ...

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One of the world’s best Covid-19 success stories is inching closer to a lockdown

Taiwan was quick to close its borders on Covid-19 and reduce cases to near zero. Now the virus is reappearing.

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“Nobody is understanding the challenges of supplying oxygen to a nation that is at war”

"The pre-pandemic medical oxygen demand in India was around 700 tons per day. In wave one the demand rose to around 3,000 tons per day and in wave two it is now 8,000 tons per day."

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China is trying to put the brakes on Tesla’s biggest rival

Shanghai, home of Tesla's Chinese factory and a key electric vehicle market in China, no longer issues free license plates for electric vehicles priced below 100,000 yuan ($ 15,560).

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“You’ve got to shut down,” Biden’s chief medical adviser tells the Indian government

"You need to shut down ... you need to break the chain of transmissions. And one of the ways you can do this is by shutting down."

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India could see over 1 million Covid deaths by August due to Modi’s “self-inflicted national catastrophe”

Narendra Modi's government "appeared to be more concerned with getting rid of criticism on Twitter than trying to control the pandemic."

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After being hired in huge numbers, US delivery workers are losing their jobs

As the US economy continues to open, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics' April job report shows that the boom in delivery jobs has fallen. The industry includes workers who deliver and collect packaged goods and are employed by companies such as Amazon, Fedex and DHL. As the Covid-19 pandemic brou...

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A real estate project has become a symbol of the Indian government’s apathy amid the Covid crisis

The Central Vista project, an estimated development of a new electricity corridor in New Delhi worth 20,000 rupees (2.8 billion US dollars), has been widely discussed and criticized as the work on the site continues even after a sharp rise in the capital Covid-19 cases and deaths are continuing a...

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China’s wolf warriors are undermining Beijing’s empathetic messaging on India’s Covid-19 crisis

Undiplomatic posts on Chinese social media can create tension between the two countries in times of crisis.

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India’s vaccine czar has left the country for the UK due to “unprecedented” threats

"Threats are an understatement ... The level of anticipation and aggression is truly unprecedented. It's overwhelming," Poonawalla said in an interview with The Times.

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How the wealthy seem to immigrate as they please

Billionaire Adar Poonawalla sparked outrage when he left India. But the rich have long crossed borders as they please. Here's how they do it.

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Where are India’s celebrated billionaires in its hour of need?

At a time when thousands of Indians are struggling to pay hospital bills, buy medicines, and even afford cremations for their family members who lost their lives to Covid-19, most of the country's celebrated billionaires are either MIA or contribute to what can at best be described as symbolic. O...

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There’s a fundamental problem with how rich countries are paying for climate damages

The money pool includes flows from federal agencies such as the US Development Finance Corporation and contributions to the United Nations-managed Green Climate Fund, designed to help poor countries adopt clean energy and adapt to the effects of climate change. During the Paris climate summit in ...

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The founder of Moderna doesn’t think vaccines are all that impressive

Derrick Rossi doesn't quite see it that way, but he somehow saved the world. In 2008 he began research on messenger RNA (mRNA), building on the long-ignored work of the Hungarian researcher Katalin Karikó and the immunologist Drew Weissman at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2010, his discovery...

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India’s Covid crisis is out of control—but the Modi government won’t let you tweet about it

In the past, this government has led social media companies to curb criticism of farmers' protests, the Citizen Amendment Act, the Kashmiri Section 370 revocation, and more.

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US senators are urging Joe Biden to use military resources to help India

In India's unfortunate situation, US Senators urge the American government to act. On April 27, the two Chairs of the Indian Senate, Caucus John Cornyn and Mark Warner, asked US President Joe Biden to lend a hand to countries severely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. The duo called the situatio...

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Chloé Zhao’s no make-up Oscars look challenges China’s rigid beauty standards

Zhao's no-makeup look is a much-needed endorsement for women in China, where few public figures dare to break away from traditional beauty demands for women.

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India’s reputation is taking a battering in international media

Critical coverage of Modi's handling of the coronavirus crisis has turned into a secondary crisis in India - a crisis of free speech.

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As Covid-19 reaches rural India, “people are dropping dead like flies”

In any case, the doctor said he could not have helped - the center has no oxygen supply, not even for emergencies. The community health center in Sikanderpur supplies almost 200 villages in the region. Despite the lack of testing, it seems pretty clear that Covid-19 is sweeping through the towns ...

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Desperate for oxygen and medicines, many Covid-hit Indians are falling prey to scams

At a time when Indians are struggling to save their loved ones in a shortage of hospital beds, medicines, oxygen and other vital medical supplies, fraudsters are working overtime to take advantage of the desperate situation.

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US sanctions are starting to catch up to Huawei

Huawei's earnings report shows revenue declined for a second straight quarter after US sanctions weighed on consumer business.

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India’s top doctor association places Modi at the centre of the country’s Covid-19 spread

India's medical fraternity faced Narendra Modi. Dr. Navjot Dahiya, vice president of the Indian Medical Association, a voluntary organization of medical professionals, has called the Indian prime minister a "super spreader" of the Covid-19 pandemic. "As the medical fraternity strives to get peopl...

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Indians are disappointed with Biden’s response to their Covid-19 crisis—and rightly so

As India's daily Covid-19 cases and deaths topped milestone after milestone, the focus among Indians and the Indian diaspora shifted to the Biden government's silence over aid to India.

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India exported millions of vaccine doses during its own Covid emergency

India has sent 66 million shots since January, which is easy enough to vaccinate all of Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata.

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With all options exhausted, India’s hospitals are joining Twitter to send out SOS calls for oxygen

These requests come up either because nobody knows who to ask for help or because their requests to the authorities have not received any help.

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Charted: The second wave of Covid-19 has started taking a toll on India’s economy

A release of lockdowns does not mean that this wave will leave India without serious economic devastation.

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The world is starting to grasp the true toll of India’s Covid-19 crisis

Countries rush to ship oxygen, medical equipment and treatments as the world sees the real toll of Covid-19 in India.

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Netflix is retelling the lost tale of Japan’s first African samurai

Black-centered stories find fertile and profitable soil on screens across Asia, as measured by the success of blockbuster films like Marvel's Black Panther and Disney-Pixar's Oscar-nominated Soul in the region. Netflix's latest Japanese anime series, set to debut worldwide on April 29, is hoping ...

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A $4,400 electric car is outselling Tesla in China

The compact electric vehicle, which is available in pastel tones, is aimed at younger, environmentally conscious first-time buyers.

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Why millions of workers are planning to switch jobs after the pandemic

If recent polls are correct, workers around the world will start an epic game of musical chairs once offices reopen and mass vaccinations bring the pandemic under control.

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