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Berlusconi’s bad break-up with Putin reveals Italy-Russia ties

Berlusconi’s bad break-up with Putin reveals Italy-Russia ties

After a tycoon bromance, Italy’s Silvio Berlusconi is struggling to break up with Russia’s Vladimir Putin over the Ukraine war — like many in his country, where ties with Moscow run deep.

Butterflies to behold

Butterflies to behold

One of the creatures that nature has offered us to make this world look pretty are butterflies. Lepidoptera is an order of insect of incomparable beauty, whose name comes from the Greek words lepis (scale) and pteron (wing).

Britain’s shrunken workforce hampers Covid recovery

Britain’s shrunken workforce hampers Covid recovery

Britain’s economy regained its pre-Covid size late last year, but in one crucial way it has not recovered: there are 400,000 fewer workers than at the start of the pandemic.

Unhappy birthday, Andrei Sakharov

Unhappy birthday, Andrei Sakharov

This month, Andrei Sakharov – the Soviet nuclear physicist turned anti-nuclear activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate – would have been 101. As the Russian billionaire industrialist Oleg Deripaska recently noted, Sakharov, “like no one else, understood the true consequences of the use of nuclear we

How big finance can scale up sustainability

How big finance can scale up sustainability

Addressing the ever-worsening climate crisis will require the largest sustained movement of capital in history. At least $100tn must be invested over the next 20-30 years to shift to a low-carbon economy, and $3-4tn of additional annual investment is needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goa

Finlandisation of Asia

Finlandisation of Asia

“Finlandisation” describes the commitment to strategic neutrality that a small country might make, in order to avoid provoking a much larger and more powerful neighbour.

Millions at risk as India’s severe heatwave exposes cooling gaps

Millions at risk as India’s severe heatwave exposes cooling gaps

As the scorching sun beat down on his fruit cart, Mohamed Ikrar dreaded another day of tossing out dozens of rotting mangoes and melons — a regular practice now as India grapples with an unprecedented heatwave.

New Australian govt looks to SE Asia as it contends with China

New Australian govt looks to SE Asia as it contends with China

Australia’s new Labor government will put greater focus on relations with Southeast Asia and climate change, an issue crucial to its Pacific neighbours, as it navigates ties with a more assertive China.

How the public loses out when politicians cash in

How the public loses out when politicians cash in

Three months after Russia launched its second war against Ukraine in a decade, former German Chancellor Gerhard Schr?der finally resigned from his post as chair of the board of directors of Rosneft, the Russian state-owned oil conglomerate. Yet while Schr?der had held this post since 2017, his entan

Fed, inflation and war: EMs brace for more pain as risks mount

Fed, inflation and war: EMs brace for more pain as risks mount

Emerging markets (EMs) have for long been at pains to contain the financial turmoil that struck them amid the US Federal Reserve’s focus on tightening the financial conditions.

Taking wonder out of autism

Taking wonder out of autism

Autism is the world’s fastest growing developmental disability, many people who are not directly impacted with a child or family member diagnosed probably do not understand autism, how those with autism can improve, and what they can do to help them or the families.

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