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Canada is the next stop for Nigeria’s first bus-hailing startup

Startups like Plentywaka are trying to solve global problems, which makes an international debut as promising as a continental one.

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While the Indian government was busy banning Chinese apps, Indians were busy buying Chinese smartphones

China's Xiaomi was able to maintain its pole position in the second largest smartphone market in the world in 2020.

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For Indians living on the margins, the fear of a lockdown is greater than that of Covid-19

The biggest fear for a large part of the Indian population is not the virus at all. For working class Indians, especially day laborers, the scariest part of this second wave is the possibility of another lockdown.

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“Er xuan yi”: The business tactic that led to Alibaba’s $2.8 billion antitrust fine

The regulator's statement offers the most in-depth look yet at how companies like Alibaba are employing a controversial business tactic.

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Texas has a cautionary tale for Biden’s infrastructure plan

Millions of oil and gas wells have been abandoned by drilling companies across the country. "Without a substantial reform related to funding the Biden Plan, you're sending the message that it's okay to socialize the cost of bad deals."

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Ramadan presents a challenge to Covid-19 vaccination programs

Muslim scholars say Covid-19 shots are OK and overnight vaccination centers could combat hesitation during the month-long fast.

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How much money does Nigeria owe China?

As trade and investment between China and Nigeria have grown, so has lending, leading to an increased focus on the balance of bilateral relations.

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What Prince Philip’s passing means for the British monarchy

Britain's Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh and wife of Queen Elizabeth II, died today (April 9) at the age of 99. A statement from Buckingham Palace said: "His Royal Highness passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle this morning." It has been some complex and emotional years for the British royal...

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The world’s largest vaccine manufacturer is facing a Covid-19 vaccine shortage at home

With an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 infection every day, a vaccine shortage in India couldn't have come at a worse time.

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US teens are flocking to a Chinese e-commerce site you’ve never heard of

Shein has built a fan base among U.S. teenagers with the constant flood of trendy new clothes being released online and through his app, as well as his aggressive social media marketing.

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India is now clocking the highest number of fresh Covid-19 infections in the world

India's second wave of Covid-19 is proving to be a major nightmare. To date (April 8), the country has recorded the world's highest daily new infections with the novel coronavirus in the past week. India first broke its September 2020 peak of 98,000 cases on April 4, and over 100,000 people have ...

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Indian IT’s mega offices will outlive the pandemic

Some Indian IT companies talk about making certain roles work remotely on a permanent basis. What will happen to your sprawling offices now?

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China’s foreign brands boycott has pushed up the resale price of Chinese sneakers

"Behind the rise in domestic sneaker prices is the opportunity that patriotic buying offers consumers," said an editorial in the state media.

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To tackle the raging second wave, India needs faster updates to its Covid-19 treatment protocols

As Covid-19 rages on, calls to donate plasma have resurfaced on social media. However, researchers found “no significant” differences in mortality between patients treated with plasma and those given placebo.

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Daniel Craig’s Netflix payday dwarfs his James Bond earnings

As a sign of Netflix's strong position in the marketplace, the 007 actor is reportedly earning more than $ 100 million to star in the sequels of "Knives Out" on the streaming service.

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Will.i.am’s $300 face mask is a bet we’ll be masking up for a long time to come

Will.i.am, Honeywell, and others believe that Western consumers could long for masking.

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Recent research from South Africa is redefining our timeline of human evolution

New research shows that the ancient southern Kalahari was more important to human evolution than previously thought.

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Warren Buffett’s firm is proposing an $8 billion boondoggle to prevent the next Texas blackout

If you had to find a way to protect Texas from the next big freeze, it wouldn't.

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Kenya becomes the second African country to roll out 5G

Despite the expected growth of 5G in Africa, there are concerns about investor readiness and markets for the technology.

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Two China-Africa experts on the stereotypes they’re surprised to still be unpacking

From accusations of neo-colonialism to debt and vaccine diplomacy, China-Africa experts must challenge cynicism and find better ways to get involved.

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Vaccine brand “comparison shopping” presents a critical public health challenge

This position is also shaped by the public understanding of the effectiveness rates as well as by cultural stereotypes, nationalism and long-held ideas about the branding of the country of origin.

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The Suez Canal transformed Mumbai—and its sex trade

The world was reminded of the continued importance of the Suez Canal. It's also an opportunity to remember the excitement that welcomed the opening of the Suez Canal just over 150 years ago - and how it shaped Mumbai.

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Russia is in no hurry to see the Suez Canal re-opened

If the congestion on the Suez Canal drags on for weeks, there will be some clear winners and losers in the global energy market.

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The more the US invests in Obamacare, the more unsustainable it looks

Obamacare has never been so successful. Following Covid-19 and the subsequent surge in unemployment, more Americans than ever turned to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplace for health insurance. More than 200,000 Americans have enrolled since early March when President Joe Biden began a new ...

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Bitcoin is wooing the millions of workers who send their earnings abroad

Nowhere is this more evident than in Nigeria, where the central bank is so concerned that Nigerians are choosing cryptocurrencies in lieu of naira for transfer payments overseas that they are now being paid to use official channels for those transfers instead. The central bank announced the progr...

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How big is the boat stuck in the Suez canal?

The images are already iconic; An excavator and a bulldozer claw on the muddy bank of the Suez Canal, which were dwarfed so clearly and deeply by the gigantic hull of a container ship that the action can only be described as pointless. The Ever Given, which is operated by the Taiwanese shipping c...

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The necessary—and the bizarre—Covid-19 habits Indians picked up a year since the lockdown

It was the first day of full Covid-19 lockdown in India and the reality of what "stay home" meant was to get established. This was true for many people, especially after reports that the novel coronavirus could live on surfaces up to 30% for 72 hours.

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Xinjiang cotton could portend a US-China consumer decoupling

The coordinated backlash comes just days after the EU, US, UK and Canada sanctioned Chinese officials for treating Uyghurs in Xinjiang.

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The Suez Canal is blocked. This is how ships avoid it and how much cargo flows through it.

The Ever Given, an Evergreen container ship, is 400 meters long and 59 meters wide and it can take at least two days to be free with several tugs.

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The Suez Canal’s worst stuck-ship fiasco lasted eight whole years

Ever Given is stuck in the Suez Canal, but the Yellow Fleet reminds that things could get worse.

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