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Is the era of free movement for Chinese citizens coming to an end?

For people in China, the ability to travel abroad is a freedom they were only granted in the 1990s, when late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping's economic reforms prompted the country to open up to the outside world. China was able to bring Covid-19 under control in early 2020, allowing for relatively...

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Miami’s mayor backed MiamiCoin crypto—then its price dropped 95%

On February 2nd, the City of Miami issued its cryptocurrency MiamiCoin for the first time, contributing $5.25 million to the city coffers. Hailing this as a "historic moment," Miami Mayor Francis Suarez predicted that cryptocurrency could one day even replace municipal taxes as the government's m...

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India and the US are among countries with the world’s deadliest roads

India has the fifth most unsafe roads in the world. It scored 5.48 out of 10 in a study by driver training company Zutobi. The survey considered five factors – WHO road traffic death tolls, freeway speed limits, seat belt wearing, alcohol-related deaths and the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) l...

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These panties are cleared by the FDA to protect you from STDs

People expect their clothing fabrics to be sweat-wicking, breathable, highly elastic, or even antibacterial. Protection against sexually transmitted diseases can now also be added to this list. The FDA has cleared Lorals underwear for protection against sexually transmitted diseases during oral s...

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Even with inflation, more than a third of Americans support a meat tax

Despite double-digit inflation, US consumers support a 10% meat tax. How would that look?

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Texas’ social media law is what real censorship looks like

Elon Musk preached free speech on Twitter, but now he sees a real threat to free speech.

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To score a point against China, the US is willing to kneecap its solar industry

A US Department of Commerce investigation into possible import tariff evasion by China-based solar panel makers deals a hard blow to broader US goals on climate change and clean energy. Prior to 2012, the vast majority of solar panels in the US were imported from China. Since then, US solar panel...

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A four-year degree from this top engineering school in India costs less than $130

At the private Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS Pilani), students can pay 12 to 13 lakhs rupees (about US$15,500 to US$16,800) for a similar course. The state-funded but autonomous university manages to keep fees low because it receives funding from multiple sources -- the state go...

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India may not be the safe haven it wants to be for Pakistani Hindus

This frustrated return of Pakistani Hindus is also particularly intriguing in the context of CAA.

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The space radar company that spotted Russia’s invasion just raised $97m

Ukraine's fight against Russian invaders has been aided by a steady flow of intelligence from the US government, including commercial satellite imagery, allowing Ukrainian forces to attack their enemies' most vulnerable points. Capella Space, the only US company providing space radar data to the ...

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What we know about why some people never get covid

Americans who have never had Covid are officially in the minority. Here's what scientists suspect makes them special.

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An Indian-born female Twitter executive received a barrage of abuse following a Musk tweet

Twitter users spammed the mentions of Vijaya Gadde with sexist and racist hatred, even tagging CEO Parag Agrawal.

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The Russia-Ukraine war has improved Americans’ perception of China

This is reflected, among other things, in the American public's perception of Moscow and Beijing, according to new polling results from the US-based Pew Research Center. Since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February, the proportion of American polled who say China is a US competitor has risen fro...

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Gautam Adani now needs to beat only four people to become the world’s richest person

Coal billionaire Gautam Adani is the fifth richest man in the world. The 59-year-old Adani Group chairman has overtaken investor Warren Buffett ($121.9 billion) with a net worth soaring to $122.2 billion, according to Forbes' real-time billionaires list. The Adani Group is India's largest closely...

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India’s exports to Russia are costing businesses a fortune

India's trade ties with its longtime ally Russia have deepened since the start of the Ukraine war. Western sanctions against Russia have pushed up crude oil prices, which combined with an existing shortage of ships, has made shipping more expensive. Ships carrying around 3,000 containers from Ind...

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China is trying to change its problematic retirement age

China has one of the youngest retirement ages in the world, which is becoming a major concern for a country that is steadily aging. The statutory retirement age for men is 60 years. Women in managerial positions have a retirement age of 55, manual workers can retire at 50.

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Hindu nationalists now want India’s biggest helicopter company banned

India's Hindu nationalists, who have armed themselves in recent weeks over issues like Muslim dress and loudspeakers in mosques, have found a new target: the state's Pawan Hans. This is not possible in India. Critics even claimed that the state airline had worked out a secret quota for Muslim can...

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Wind surpassed nuclear power in the US for the first time on March 29—and then did it again

Wind became, for the first time ever, the second most consumed energy source in the US, a milestone in the rise of renewable energy and the demise of coal on the US grid.

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An 80-km line of trucks at the Polish border is trying to escape EU sanctions

Truckers from Russia and Belarus are trying to leave Poland after a deadline to ban their vehicles from the bloc.

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Twitter founder Jack Dorsey finally tweets about Elon Musk’s takeover bid

In the uproar that followed Elon Musk's bid to buy Twitter, the only voice we haven't heard from was that of the company's co-founder, Jack Dorsey -- until now. Today on Twitter, Dorsey answered a few questions asked by a Twitter user: Has Musk invested based on Dorsey leaving? Did Dorsey leave b...

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A satellite operator is asking the US government to stop blowing up spacecraft

When the US Air Force wants to practice detonating objects, they use sites like the Nevada Test and Training Range, a vast strip of desert where they can drop bombs far from civilians. For example, in November 2021, Russia tested an anti-satellite missile by destroying one of its decommissioned s...

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Big electric trucks and SUVs are the new gas guzzlers

New EV models like Tesla's Cybertruck, Ford's F-150 Lightning, Rivian's R1T pickup and GM's Hummer EV can produce CO2 emissions comparable to some gas-powered cars and hybrids.

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Albertsons says grocery shopper behavior is changing because of high gas prices

High prices in the US have changed buyers' buying behavior, including a switch to more affordable options like private label, as inflation hits a 40-year high. Now inflation is also changing how often shoppers go to the grocery store. Shoppers at Albertsons, the second largest US grocery chain, a...

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Putin may envy China’s internet but Russia can’t easily build its own Great Firewall

The Russian government cracked down on social media and so-called misinformation during the Ukraine conflict

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Rihanna is flipping the script on maternity wear

The singer explained why she's eschewed traditional maternity wear in favor of clothes that show off her pregnancy.

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How a Baltic nation ended its reliance on Russian gas

Lithuania became the first EU country to suspend all imports of Russian gas. Other EU countries are now trying to find alternative sources of gas. How was Lithuania ahead of the curve?

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Elon Musk suddenly changed his mind about joining Twitter’s board

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO continues to criticize the social network to its 81.3 million Twitter followers.

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Elon Musk joined and quit Twitter’s board on the same day

The Tesla and SpaceX CEO continues to criticize the social network to its 81.3 million Twitter followers.

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You are not imagining it. Indian-origin CEOs indeed are everywhere

Google's Sundar Pichai and Microsoft's Satya Nadella join other Indian-origin leaders such as Raj Subramaniam, Leena Nair and Arvind Krishna at the helm.

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Russia isn’t even close to being the world’s largest caviar exporter

Much of Europe's most coveted caviar may once have come from sturgeon fished by Russia from the Caspian Sea. But not anymore. China dominates the industry and produces more caviar than any other country.

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