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A NEW report from the International Labour Organisation has provided a snapshot of job prospects for young people around the world. Things have worsened this year following a period of slight improvement. Unemployment among 15- to 24-year-olds has risen to 13.1% in 2016 and is close to its historic peak of 2013. Show More Summary
THE discovery of a new exoplanet is no longer a rare event—3,374 have been logged since 1995. But the announcement on August 24th that Proxima Centauri, the star closest to the sun, has a potentially earth-like planet has been met with...Show More Summary
America’s housing market in five interactive charts Audio and Video content on Economist.com requires a browser that can handle iFrames. WHAT a difference a decade makes. In 2006 house prices in America hit an all-time high, after rising unabated for the previous ten years. Show More Summary
Audio and Video content on Economist.com requires a browser that can handle iFrames. PREDICTING how many medals a country will win in the Olympics has become a cottage industry. Size and wealth are obvious factors: bigger countries naturally...Show More Summary
WHEN Kristi Castlin dipped at the line to finish third in the women’s 100m hurdles race on August 17th, her bronze medal was far more than a consolation prize. Her American compatriots also won gold and silver in the event, completing...Show More Summary
Audio and Video content on Economist.com requires a browser that can handle iFrames. OF THE 43 events contested at the first modern Olympic games in Athens in 1896, only the cycling and shooting disciplines would have raised eyebrows in ancient Greece. Show More Summary
COMING up with a list of the world’s best cities is a near-impossible task. The bustle and hum of megacities like São Paulo or Tokyo might be too much for some people; others might struggle with the pace of life in Cleveland or Frankfurt. Show More Summary
Things are not going well for Donald Trump. One week after darkly hinting that “Second-Amendment people” could stop his opponent, Hillary Clinton, he now faces a seemingly insurmountable seven-point deficit in the polls. As is customary...Show More Summary
NIJEL AMOS has not had a good Olympics. Having won Botswana’s first ever Olympic medal four years ago—a silver in the men’s 800m race—the 22-year-old athlete was eliminated in the first round of the 800m in Rio de Janeiro.
“ENDURING and expanding”: Islamic State’s motto omits its obsession with killing and annihilating its enemies, but otherwise sums up the group's ambitions pretty well. The first deadly attack by the group can be traced to 2002, when Tawhid wal-Jihad, an Iraqi predecessor, assassinated an American aid worker in Jordan.
TWO weeks of negative press since the end of the conventions have taken a toll on Donald Trump’s polling numbers. In the latest YouGov survey, Hillary Clinton leads him by 42% to 36%. The six-point gap is the largest between the candidates since February.
THE world of foreign aid is much like the Olympics: countries jostle to show their national colours in as many arenas as possible. Among the 41 donor countries that provided data on their generosity in 2014 to the OECD—a club of mostly rich states—Japan leads the table, sending development aid to 141 countries and territories.
IT IS rare for policies championed by lobbyists and special interests to make economic sense. It is rarer still for the sound ones to be written into law.
MOST American presidential candidates have enjoyed a bounce in the polls following their party conventions. Such gains usually dissipate after a few weeks, but occasionally persist.
THE average American voter is far from a policy wonk. But issues matter more to the electorate than one might think: in a study for an article published in this week?s issue, we found that 84% of poll respondents supported the party whose platform was closer to their views.
THE first modern Olympics, in 1896, featured just 14 countries and 176 competitors, all of them men.
STRANGE as it might seem, the modern Olympic games might owe their existence to the sport of rugby. In 1883, 11 years before founding the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Pierre de Coubertin observed how “organised sport can create moral and social strength” on the playing fields of Rugby School—where the game was invented.
IN MOST places a large youthful population would be regarded as an economic blessing. But in the Arab world the young are treated, for the most part, as a curse to be suppressed. Faced with oppression and few opportunities, the region’s youth is wasting away.
ON AUGUST 5th South America’s first Olympic games will kick off in Rio de Janeiro. Once the games are over, whether they dazzle or disappoint, Rio’s 6.5m inhabitants (known as cariocas) will find that the Olympics have done little to arrest the city’s long decline. The mood there is grim.