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Does the US Army’s future lie in Europe or Asia?

Published on Feb 23, 2024 08:00 AM IST

It could not wage wars in both at the same time

A soldier of the US army wears the country's flag on his uniform.(AFP)
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Vladimir Putin has been fighting not just Ukraine, but his own people

He will not stop

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks.(AP)
Published on Feb 22, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Pakistan is out of friends and out of money

A botched election and an economic crisis show how low it has fallen

Supporters of the Balochistan National Party, the National Party and the Pashtoonknwa Milli Awami Party and Hazara deomoractic party chant slogans during protest in front of Deputy Commissioner office in Quetta on February 15, 2024, amid claims of alleged vote-rigging in Pakistan's national elections. The two major Pakistan parties that joined forces to oust Imran Khan as prime minister in 2022 said on February 13 they would form a new coalition to rule the country, after an election last week failed to produce a decisive winner. (Photo by Banaras KHAN / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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War in space is no longer science fiction

Inside America’s celestial struggle against China and Russia

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from launch pad LC-39A at the Kennedy Space Center with the Intuitive Machines' Nova-C moon lander mission, in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on February 15, 2024.. (Photo by Gregg Newton / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 20, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Who is Oleksandr Syrsky, the head of Ukraine’s ground forces?

The colonel-general is in operational control over the latest counter-offensive

Colonel general Oleksandr Syrskyi, Commander of the Ukrainian Ground Forces, attends an interview.(Reuters)
Published on Feb 19, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Portugal’s prime minister resigns over a corruption scandal

A popular Socialist is brought down by a probe into lithium mines

Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa arrives prior to the start of a European Council meeting at the European headquarters in Brussels, on February 1, 2024. EU leaders are to gather in Brussels on February 1, 2024, for a meeting of the European Council, where they will discuss aid to Ukraine as the war nears its second anniversary. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / AFP)(AFP)
Published on Feb 18, 2024 08:07 AM IST
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Sri Lankans are squabbling over monuments

Tamils and Sinhalese have found something else to row about

Jetavanaramaya Stupa as seen from the east side(Wimukthi Bandara/ Wikimedia Commons)
Published on Feb 18, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Pakistan’s voters tell the generals where to put it

Imran Khan’s candidates won the most seats despite heavy-handed attempts to hobble them

Officials count ballots at a polling station in Lahore, Pakistan, on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. Pakistan suspended mobile phone services as voters lined up to cast ballots in its general election Thursday, defending the measure as a way to maintain order even though critics said it would curb vital access to information during the controversial polls. Photographer: Betsy Joles/Bloomberg(Bloomberg)
Published on Feb 17, 2024 08:08 AM IST
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2024 is a giant test of nerves for democracy

A warning from election results so far—and what follows in America, Europe and India

Women display their voter's identity card sitting in the back of a truck in Chachiyawas, near Ajmer, India, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023. (AP)
Published on Feb 17, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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How to live to one hundred

Have good genes and move to East Devon

Life expectancy in Britain has been stagnating for a decade but the country still produces a lot of very old folk(Pixabay)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 09:53 PM IST
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Xi Jinping’s paranoia is making China isolated and insular

From his personal travel plans to capital flows, cross-border exchange is shrinking

China's President Xi Jinping(AFP)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 09:13 PM IST
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How AI image-generators work

Some are getting good enough to fool humans

Artificial intelligence.(Thinkstock)
Published on Feb 14, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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How America is failing to break up with China

The countries’ economic ties are more profound than they appear

US president Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping are seen.
Published on Feb 13, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Rainforests provide a public good. The world should pay to conserve them

An ambitious Brazilian plan launched at the COP could help

Deforestation tends to be worst in areas where property rights are hazy.(Forest Department Goa)
Published on Feb 12, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Battles over streaming break out for video games

Streaming subscriptions have revolutionised music and television. What will they do to games?

FILE PHOTO: The Netflix logo is shown on one of their Hollywood buildings in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 12, 2023. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 11, 2024 08:11 AM IST
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China’s well-to-do are under assault from every side

Their agonies at the hands of markets and the state will reshape the Chinese economy

Travelers are crowded at a railway station to catch their trains in Hangzhou in east China's Zhejiang province, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024. (Chinatopix via AP)(AP)
Published on Feb 11, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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The false promise of Indonesia’s economy

Presidential candidates vow to deliver 7% growth. Voters have heard it before

HT image.
Published on Feb 10, 2024 08:10 AM IST
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How Britain lost its war on drugs

Blame new synthetic opioids, inadequate funding and a punitive attitude

The vulnerability of this cohort is explained in part because in the last two decades of the 20th century more young people started using hard drugs, chiefly heroin and cocaine (Getty image)(HT_PRINT)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Biden’s chances of re-election are better than they appear

The economy is providing a headwind at present. That could soon change

US President Joe Biden (Bloomberg)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Musk v Zuckerberg: who’s winning?

One burned billions, the other has earned them

Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk(AFP)
Published on Feb 08, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Russians are trying to escape online censorship

Software that hides a user’s location has soared in popularity since the outbreak of war

A billboard with the words Happy New Year and the QR code in Moscow, Russia Thursday Dec. 7, 2023. Russia’s opposition have come up with a creative way of getting round censorship to call Russians to vote against President Vladimir Putin in the country’s upcoming March presidential elections — by taking out billboards under the guise of a new year greeting which leads to an anti-Putin website. (AP Photo)(AP)
Published on Feb 07, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Kwasi Kwarteng’s tenure as Britain’s chancellor wasn’t the shortest

But it was close

Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng leaves Heathrow Airport in London, Britain, October 14, 2022. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 06, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Why forests need wildfires

Many are part of a natural cycle. But huge blazes are not

Smoke rises from trees as a wildfire burns at Los Alerces National Park, in Chubut, Argentina January 28, 2024. REUTERS/Martin Levicoy NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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What the world must do to tame methane

The world needs a deal during COP28 to limit a nasty source of emissions

FILE - A flare burns natural gas at an oil well Aug. 26, 2021, in Watford City, N.D. Oil and natural gas companies would have to pay a fee for methane emissions that exceed certain levels under a new rule proposed by the Biden administration. The rule, announced in December 2023, includes a two-year phase-in period for companies to eliminate routine flaring of natural gas from new oil wells. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)(AP)
Published on Feb 04, 2024 08:09 AM IST
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China stands alone in its attitude towards the pandemic

It is one of few countries where normalcy has regressed over the past year

Covid In China: Security guards wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) amid the Covid-19 pandemic sit at an entrance of a building in Beijing.(AFP)
Published on Feb 04, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Can Lula fix Brazil’s fiscal mess?

Reform of the world’s most complicated tax system will cut businesses’ costs—if lobbies permit it

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva(AFP)
Published on Feb 03, 2024 08:08 AM IST
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Did UN workers participate in the October 7th attacks?

The allegations against UNRWA threaten aid flows to Palestinians

Hamas attacks Israel: On the morning of October 7, the Palestinian militant group Hamas executed a significant attack on Israel, notable for its unprecedented scale and scope. (REUTERS)
Published on Feb 03, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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What are “golden visas”?

And why they are so controversial

People walk past the Visa logo at its booth during the first China International Supply Chain Expo (CISCE) in Beijing, China November 28, 2023. REUTERS/Florence Lo(REUTERS)
Published on Feb 02, 2024 08:00 AM IST
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Alzheimer’s disease may, rarely, be transmitted by medical treatment

Childhood treatment with contaminated human growth hormone may cause the disease years later

 The exact role that amyloid-beta plays in Alzheimer’s is not fully understood.(Jens Wolf/dpa/picture-alliance)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 05:24 PM IST
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Rodeo plays a central role in Native American culture

Bull-riding and roping offer passports for travel and scholarships

S/M Express' Desmond Archilta, right, competes during the second heat of the World Championship Indian Relay Race during the Sheridan WYO Rodeo, Friday, July 14, 2023, in Sheridan, Wy. Born out of necessity and in mastering skills that came as horses transformed hunting, travel and warfare, rodeo has remained popular in Native American communities. Grandstands often play host to mini family reunions while Native cowboys and cowgirls show off their skills roping, riding and wrestling livestock. (Matt Gaston/Sheridan Press via AP)(AP)
Published on Jan 28, 2024 08:11 AM IST
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