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Get a daily burst of global illumination from The Economist’s worldwide network of correspondents as they dig past the headlines to get to the stories beneath—and to stories that aren’t making headlines, but should be.

    The homes stretch: Evergrande

    The homes stretch: Evergrande

    China’s property behemoth has slammed up against new rules on its giant debt pile. We ask what wider risks it now poses as a cash crunch bites. Britain has begun a demographic trend unusual in the rich world: its share of young people is spiking—and will be for a decade. And what the pandemic has done for the future of office-wear.
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    Running to stand still: Canada’s election

    Running to stand still: Canada’s election

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau remains in power after Monday’s election, but he emerges without the majority he wanted, and with his soft power damaged. He now faces a fourth wave of the pandemic and an emboldened far-right from a weaker position. Child labour fell markedly in the 16 years after the turn of the millennium. Now it’s on the rise again. Efforts to prevent children from working can often exacerbate the problem. And we consider one of the more unusual ideas for combating climate change: potty-training cows.
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    Potemkin polls: Russia’s elections

    Potemkin polls: Russia’s elections

    The winner of Russia’s elections was not in doubt. Vladimir Putin’s party, United Russia, came out on top. But despite the ballot stuffing and repression, the opposition still managed to rattle the Kremlin. The Gates Foundation is America’s biggest charitable foundation by far and a powerhouse in the world of public health. But its money could be better spent. And we read the tea leaves to explain why bugs are important for your brew. 
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    Sub plot: the AUKUS alliance

    Sub plot: the AUKUS alliance

    The alliance between America, Britain and Australia has enormous significance, most of all for its nuclear-submarine provisions. We look at the global realignment it represents. The container-shipping industry has had a wild year and its prices reflect the vast disarray; we ask whether things will, or should, get back to normal. And the growing trend of politicians’ media-production companies.
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    Shake, rattle the roles: Britain’s cabinet reshuffle

    Shake, rattle the roles: Britain’s cabinet reshuffle

    Prime Minister Boris Johnson has re-allocated a number of key government posts. We ask how the changes reflect his political standing and what they mean for his agenda. A first-of-its-kind study that deliberately infected participants with the coronavirus is ending; we examine the many answers such research can provide. And the rural places aiming to capitalise on their dark skies.
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    Hunger gains: Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

    Hunger gains: Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis

    Economic collapse and halting international aid following the Taliban’s takeover have compounded shortages that were already deepening; we examine the unfolding disaster. The verdict in a blockbuster case against Apple might look like a win for the tech giant; a closer read reveals new battle lines. And the data that reveal how polluters behave when regulators are not watching.
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Like this show generally …

… but the coverage of COVID lab leak theory on Aug 19 was disappointing. Reporter should listen to This Week in Virology to brush up on the topic of… virology and science. Zero evidence of lab leak. It’s a question worth asking, but it’s been asked. And answered. Several times. Thoroughly. If I wanted coverage like this I’d tune into Fox News. Come on, economist, I expect better from you. Also, Jason, I believe Delta is still considered a variant at this point, not a strain, although I suppose at some point that could change. You call it both. They’re different things.

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