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As a child growing up in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gloire Ndongala didn’t know much about the wider world, with one exception: he adored US basketball star Michael Jordan. “Think about it, in the Congo we had hardly any technology back then, and we still heard of Michael Jordan,” Ndongala says. The Chicago Bulls
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Fears of an uncontrollable winter wave of coronavirus infections have prompted a growing number of European governments to close schools, breaking with a previous consensus that face-to-face teaching must be maintained. The UK, Ireland, Germany, Denmark and some northern Italian regions have all ordered schools to shut for several weeks to try to contain infections,
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Democracies around the world expressed horror at the mob storming of the US Capitol, in scenes some feared would empower the nation’s geopolitical rivals. There was universal condemnation of the violence in Washington on Wednesday night, during the certification of Joe Biden as the next US president, as politicians distanced themselves from Donald Trump. UK prime
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California reported its second-biggest one-day increase in coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, with hospitalisations hitting another record high and fast-approaching the 23,000-mark. A further 459 deaths in the country’s most populous state were attributed to coronavirus by authorities, up from 368 on Tuesday. A total of 29 people suffered anaphylactic reactions after receiving coronavirus vaccines in
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Ninety minutes before rioters stormed Capitol Hill, US president Donald Trump addressed many of the same people using unequivocally inciteful language. “You’ll never take back our country with weakness,” Mr Trump said. “You have to show strength.” His personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, also called on the crowd to conduct “trial by combat”. A mob made
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As he sheltered in place in his office, Mike Gallagher, a 36-year-old Republican congressman from Wisconsin, fumed at members of his own party who were disputing Joe Biden’s win in the US presidential election. Staring into his computer screen, he blamed them for fanning the anger that caused Wednesday afternoon’s assault on the US Capitol
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Two of the most prominent Republicans in Washington defied Donald Trump’s last-gasp effort to nullify Joe Biden’s victory, with the party’s leader in the Senate warning that “democracy would enter a death spiral” if Congress overturned the result. Mitch McConnell, the Republican Senate majority leader, said the presidential election was “not actually particularly close” and
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Asia has led the world in controlling the spread of Covid-19, but that very success has set the region behind the US and Europe in the race to vaccinate against the disease. In countries with limited coronavirus outbreaks, regulators have been happy to let westerners act as guinea pigs for hastily approved jabs, while in
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The scourge of the coronavirus has exposed glaring weaknesses in capitalism and democracy all over the world. With wages for some stagnating and a growing digital divide, divisions in societies, and the gap between the haves and have-nots, have never been starker. While western countries flounder in the face of the pandemic and face challenges
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At the top of a small building in Osnabrück, with only a tiny plaque denoting its name, sits Germany’s first school for imams. The Islamkolleg, in north-west Germany, is the cautious fruit of a decade’s efforts by Muslim scholars, including academic director Bülent Ucar, who have struggled to convince both politicians and their own communities
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Index provider MSCI said it would drop seven companies that the US government has labelled as having ties to the Chinese military from its indices, after President Donald Trump barred US investors from holding stakes in such companies. MSCI said the seven — which included SMIC, China’s biggest chipmaker — would be removed from its
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Matthew Rocco Hospitals in Pennsylvania and the south Atlantic are treating more Covid-19 patients than at any other point during the pandemic, as the region continues to battle an autumn resurgence of coronavirus. Pennsylvania counted 6,295 Covid-19 patients currently in hospital, up from 5,970 the day before and the highest level on record, data from
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Spanish blue-chips including Telefónica, Iberdrola and Seat are positioning themselves for tens of billions of euros in EU coronavirus aid they hope will transform their industries and benefit their bottom lines. Spain expects to receive some €140bn from the €750bn EU coronavirus recovery fund, which leaders approved last week, making Madrid one of the biggest
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Credit Suisse has named António Horta-Osório as its next chairman, picking the outgoing chief executive of Lloyds Bank to help steer the lender through the fallout from the coronavirus crisis. Mr Horta-Osório will start at Credit Suisse at the end of April, the bank said in a statement on Tuesday. Urs Rohner, the Swiss lender’s
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The UK is poised to become the first western country to approve a Covid-19 vaccine, with the independent regulator set to grant approval within days. Deliveries of the vaccine developed by BioNTech and Pfizer would begin within hours of the authorisation, according to government officials. The first injections could take place from December 7. The
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BBVA and Sabadell, the Spanish banks, have given up merger talks they had confirmed less than two weeks ago because of disagreements over the pricing of the deal. Sabadell said in a statement to Spain’s securities regulator that its board of directors “has decided to terminate the above-mentioned discussions, because the parties have not achieved
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French tax authorities have begun demanding millions of euros from US tech giants as they push ahead with a new digital services tax that has enraged Washington. Facebook and Amazon are among the companies to have received communication from French authorities in recent days demanding payment of the tax for 2020, and multiple more companies
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Donald Trump said on Monday his administration would begin co-operating with Joe Biden’s transition team, bowing to Republican pressure to start the transfer of power even as he vowed to continue contesting his election loss. The president’s statement, which stopped short of a formal concession, came after a Michigan board certified the state’s election results
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Donald Trump’s legal options to challenge his election loss are about to significantly narrow, with three battleground states carried by Joe Biden due to certify their results in the wake of a crushing weekend courtroom defeat for the president and a departure from his legal team. Pennsylvania and Michigan could make their results official as
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A federal judge on Saturday dealt a blow to Donald Trump’s attempt to overturn the results of the presidential election, throwing out a lawsuit in Pennsylvania with an excoriating opinion that cast his legal arguments as shoddy, without evidence and contrary to the US constitution. The dismissal of the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, which had sought
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