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strip away pandemic largesse and UK is banking on recovery with no extra public spending

strip away pandemic largesse and UK is banking on recovery with no extra public spending

What a difference a year makes. In March 2020, the chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced an emergency budget pledging £12 billion to tackle coronavirus. One year later, the government has already spent £280…

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Thanks to the internet, we know what’s happening in Myanmar. But a communication blackout may be near

Thanks to the internet, we know what’s happening in Myanmar. But a communication blackout may be near

Social media has given us valuable access to the actions of both the military and anti-coup protesters in Myanmar, but a communication blackout may be coming. The country’s military seized control of the government on…

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U.S. judge rejects SEC bid to expand Rio Tinto fraud lawsuit on Mozambique coal business By Reuters

U.S. judge rejects SEC bid to expand Rio Tinto fraud lawsuit on Mozambique coal business By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A sign adorns the building where mining company Rio Tinto has their office in Perth, Western Australia (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday quashed a bid to widen the scope…

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insights from the effect of a bridge across the Zambezi on maize prices

insights from the effect of a bridge across the Zambezi on maize prices

Investments in infrastructure – such as roads – typically aim to reduce transport costs, stimulate trade and make new production activities viable. Across sub-Saharan Africa, the need for such investments is widely acknowledged. The argument…

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Facebook has pulled the trigger on news content — and possibly shot itself in the foot

Facebook has pulled the trigger on news content — and possibly shot itself in the foot

Facebook today made good on its threat to block Australians from accessing or posting news content. The ban includes blocking links to Australian and overseas news publishers. Facebook said the ban was a direct response…

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OPEC+ considering oil output roll over for April, sources say By Reuters

OPEC+ considering oil output roll over for April, sources say By Reuters

2/2 © Reuters. The logo of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) sits outside its headquarters in Vienna 2/2 By Rania El Gamal, Ahmad Ghaddar and Alex Lawler LONDON (Reuters) – OPEC and…

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What South Africans should know, but don’t, about government’s COVID-19 vaccine procurement

What South Africans should know, but don’t, about government’s COVID-19 vaccine procurement

The COVID-19 pandemic has again highlighted the challenges facing public procurement in South Africa. The Auditor-General’s reports on COVID-19 related procurement and media coverage have all have flagged opacity, corruption and mismanagement on a wide…

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how baby birds deceive their finch foster parents

how baby birds deceive their finch foster parents

It’s a warm wet day in Zambia and the rains are finally falling. A small, scarlet finch flits through the undergrowth, stopping occasionally to check its surroundings. It glances left, right, then left again before…

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Oil Up Investors Await Thursday’s OPEC+ Production Decision By Investing.com

Oil Up Investors Await Thursday’s OPEC+ Production Decision By Investing.com

© Reuters. By Gina Lee Investing.com – Oil was up Wednesday morning in Asia, over wide expectations that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies (OPEC+) will decide increase production later in the…

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Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax would reduce inequality – the problem is it’s probably unconstitutional

Elizabeth Warren’s wealth tax would reduce inequality – the problem is it’s probably unconstitutional

Sen. Elizabeth Warren says it’s time to tax wealth. The Massachusetts senator on March 1 introduced a bill to tax households worth over US$50 million and up to $1 billion at a rate of 2%,…

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