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What Sudan and South Sudan stand to gain by reopening their border

What Sudan and South Sudan stand to gain by reopening their border

The border between Sudan and South Sudan is set to be reopened after 11 years. This follows the two countries reaching an agreement in August to end the decade-long impasse. The announcement reflects the inseparable…

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Can animals sense when an earthquake is about to happen?

Can animals sense when an earthquake is about to happen?

Within minutes of Melbourne being rattled by yesterday’s earthquake, my Victorian friends reported changes in the behaviour of their animals. One friend wrote on social media that her dog Harvey stood in the hallway howling…

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PBoC’s digital yuan on track for 2022 Winter Olympic debut

PBoC’s digital yuan on track for 2022 Winter Olympic debut

The digital yuan trial for the 2022 Winter Olympics is “on the home straight”, according to Fan Yifei, deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China. Fan has visited the venues of the winter games…

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U.S. EPA weighs regulation of chemical recycling By Reuters

U.S. EPA weighs regulation of chemical recycling By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen at the headquarters of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, D.C., U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly By Valerie Volcovici WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S.…

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The role of institutions and market structures

The role of institutions and market structures

Many studies indicate that the root causes of climate change are mostly human activities. The 2021 Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warns that many of these climate changes are already irreversible. But there’s…

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Earthquakes don’t kill people; buildings do. And those lovely decorative bits are the first to fall

Earthquakes don’t kill people; buildings do. And those lovely decorative bits are the first to fall

News of Melbourne’s earthquake today made my left leg hurt. That’s the leg I nearly lost. On February 22 2011, there were nine of us on a red bus from Sumner to Canterbury University in…

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Oil prices rise on expected U.S. stocks draw By Reuters

Oil prices rise on expected U.S. stocks draw By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A gas pump at a petrol station in Seoul June 27, 2011. REUTERS/Jo Yong-Hak/File Photo By Dmitry Zhdannikov LONDON (Reuters) -Oil prices climbed more than $1 on Wednesday, extending overnight gains…

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Corruption in state-owned companies hurts low skilled workers the most: we show how

Corruption in state-owned companies hurts low skilled workers the most: we show how

State-owned enterprises are companies in which government owns, directly or indirectly, more than 50% of the shares. Worldwide, states own 10% of the largest companies. In South Africa, state-owned enterprises play a significant role in…

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The pursuit of ‘fintecgrity’ – Central Banking

The pursuit of ‘fintecgrity’ – Central Banking

The revolution in technology innovation during the past few years is not just disrupting the financial services industry. It looks set to change our perceptions about money, banking and finance. As a result, regulators face…

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ConocoPhillips bets $23 billion on U.S. shale oil as rivals retreat By Reuters

ConocoPhillips bets $23 billion on U.S. shale oil as rivals retreat By Reuters

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: ConocoPhillips Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Ryan M. Lance (C) rings the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), February 27, 2013. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo 2/2 By Sabrina…

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