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Should everyone be wearing face masks? It’s complicated

Should everyone be wearing face masks? It’s complicated

Should members of the public be wearing face masks during the COVID-19 pandemic? It’s a controversial question, with different countries and authorities giving different advice. We have reviewed the results of more than a dozen…

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Budget shows treasury is desperately short of ideas to fix South Africa’s economic woes

Budget shows treasury is desperately short of ideas to fix South Africa’s economic woes

At the core of this year’s budget proposals from South Africa’s national treasury is the admission that national debt is no longer expected to stabilise. In previous years, bar one brief exception, budgets and medium-term…

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Oil prices jump on hopes for OPEC, Russia meeting on output cuts By Reuters

Oil prices jump on hopes for OPEC, Russia meeting on output cuts By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A maze of crude oil pipes and valves at the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Freeport, Texas By Jane Chung SEOUL (Reuters) – Oil bounced back on Wednesday, with U.S. crude jumping…

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Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus

Striking Amazon, Instacart employees reveal how a basic economic principle could derail our ability to combat the coronavirus

A series of recent protests by the workers preparing and delivering our essential foods and other goods highlights a key risk to our ability to combat the coronavirus. Some employees at an Amazon warehouse and…

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No, 5G radiation doesn’t cause or spread the coronavirus. Saying it does is destructive

No, 5G radiation doesn’t cause or spread the coronavirus. Saying it does is destructive

A conspiracy theory claiming 5G can spread the coronavirus is making the rounds on social media. The myth supposedly gained traction when a Belgian doctor linked the “dangers” of 5G technology to the virus during…

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Fuel demand crash shuts U.S. ethanol plants, meatpackers lack refrigerant By Reuters

Fuel demand crash shuts U.S. ethanol plants, meatpackers lack refrigerant By Reuters

3/3 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: A sculpture adorns Smithfield Foods’ hog slaughterhouse in Smithfield 2/3 By Stephanie Kelly and Tom Polansek NEW YORK/CHICAGO (Reuters) – A slew of U.S. ethanol plants have shut down as…

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South Africa’s mobile market: the bottlenecks blocking competition

South Africa’s mobile market: the bottlenecks blocking competition

In the recent State of the Nation address President Cyril Ramaphosa hailed the South African Competition Commission’s ruling to dramatically reduce data prices as an important step to improve lives, bring people into the digital…

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Oil Prices Rally as Saudi-Russian Deal “Very, Very Close” By Investing.com

Oil Prices Rally as Saudi-Russian Deal “Very, Very Close” By Investing.com

© Reuters. By Gina Lee Investing.com – Oil prices rallied in Asia on Tuesday from a dramatic 8%-fall in their last session. International rose 2.43% to $34.11 by 9:52 PM ET (2:52 AM GMT) and…

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COVID-19 shows why this urgently needs to change

COVID-19 shows why this urgently needs to change

The World Health Organisation (WHO), in its quest to find efficacious therapies to treat COVID-19, plans to conduct a multi-arm, multi-country clinical trial. The trials have yet to begin, but ten countries have already signed…

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How youth skills training in Kenya can reduce inequality

How youth skills training in Kenya can reduce inequality

Sub-Saharan Africa’s burgeoning population of young people is considered one of its greatest untapped resources. Young men and women aged 15-24 constitute about a fifth of the total population. It’s a huge resource because, if…

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