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A central bank digital euro could save the eurozone – here’s how

A central bank digital euro could save the eurozone – here’s how

The European Central Bank and its counterparts in the UK, US, China and India are exploring a new form of state-backed money built on similar online ledger technology to cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin and ethereum.…

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African scientists and technology could drive future black hole discoveries

African scientists and technology could drive future black hole discoveries

Astronomers have revealed the first image of the black hole at the centre of our galaxy, the Milky Way. The image was produced by the Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) Collaboration, an international team made up…

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Talks between Venezuela’s Maduro, opposition expected; U.S. easing some restrictions -sources By Reuters

Talks between Venezuela’s Maduro, opposition expected; U.S. easing some restrictions -sources By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro and his wife Cilia Flores dance during the May Day celebrations in Caracas, Venezuela May 1, 2022. REUTERS/Leonardo Fernandez Viloria By Vivian Sequera, Matt Spetalnick and Marianna…

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Inflation should be viewed as public enemy number 1: here’s why

Inflation should be viewed as public enemy number 1: here’s why

Inflation is a process of sustained increases in the general price level over a period of time, typically 12 months. Inflation can be calculated for a country, for specific regions in a country and for…

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Pressure builds on central banks to ‘monetise’ sovereign debt

Pressure builds on central banks to ‘monetise’ sovereign debt

Ballooning budget deficits and mounting fiscal debt exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic is putting central banks under pressure to monetise government debt – in one form or another. The South African Reserve Bank (Sarb) became…

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Equinor, Exxon agree to expand Brazil oil operations By Reuters

Equinor, Exxon agree to expand Brazil oil operations By Reuters

2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The logo of Exxon Mobil Corporation is shown on a monitor above the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in New York, December 30, 2015. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson 2/2 By…

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what the real debate should be about

what the real debate should be about

Land reform in South Africa is an emotive and politically fraught subject. That’s because land was at the heart of the dispossession of Africans by colonial settlers. Successful land reform can help overcome this legacy,…

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Social media can be a force for good in a crisis: lessons from Lagos

Social media can be a force for good in a crisis: lessons from Lagos

In times of crisis, it is especially crucial that governments share accurate, up to date information with their citizens. Social media can play an important role in disseminating urgent information. At its simplest, for instance,…

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Oil prices rise on China demand optimism, gasoline strength By Reuters

Oil prices rise on China demand optimism, gasoline strength By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows an Idemitsu Kosan Co. oil facility in Ichihara, east of Tokyo, Japan November 12, 2021, in this photo taken by Kyodo. Mandatory credit Kyodo/via REUTERS By Laura…

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dividing and excluding people keeps them poor

dividing and excluding people keeps them poor

Sub-Saharan African countries are the most ethnically diverse in the world. Within each African country there are more ethnic groups than there are in most of the world’s countries. In fact, the world’s 20 most…

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