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The Economist’s interactive currency-comparison tool THE Big Mac index is a lighthearted guide to whether currencies are at their “correct” level.
FOR the first time in two decades the European Union is the biggest concern for voters, according to the July 2016 Economist/Ipsos MORI issues index. Ever since the referendum on EU membership was announced, Europe has been an increasingly important issue for Brits.
AMERICA'S party conventions got under way in Cleveland on July 18th. Ever since 1972, when the Republicans began scripting their speeches with evening television audiences in mind, the quadrennial gatherings have been tightly stage-managed.
AMERICA’S temporary help industry first emerged after the second world war, when companies like Manpower and Kelly Girl Service began “renting out” office workers on a short-term basis. In those early years, temps numbered in the hundreds of thousands. Today, the industry employs some 2.9m people, over 2% of America’s total workforce.
ALMOST as much as carnivals and Copacabana beach, crime has always been closely associated with Rio de Janeiro. Worries about lawlessness are plaguing the city more than usual because in less than a month it will put on South America’s first Olympics.
SINCE the launch of the Silk Road five years ago, dark-web markets have represented a shadowy and much-maligned corner of the internet. And the secretive nature of such sites makes them difficult to study. But last year a researcher using the pseudonym Gwern Branwen cast some light on them.
NEW residents of Number 10 Downing Street have become younger in the 71 years since Clement Attlee swept to power in 1945. Theresa May, Britain?s incoming prime minister, will buck the trend.
AMERICA’S party conventions start on July 18th with the Republicans, who are gathering in Cleveland. The Democrats hold theirs the week after, in Philadelphia.
THE South China Sea has long been one of the world’s most coveted waterways. Seven different countries—counting Taiwan, which is itself claimed by China—assert sovereignty over overlapping portions of its waters.
ON JULY 8th, as the holy month of Ramadan was coming to an end, Islamic State (IS) claimed responsibility for another suicide bombing in Iraq. This time the jihadists targeted a Shia mosque, in Balad, north of Baghdad, killing more than 30 people.
IN MARCH the White House announced that it was to release figures on drone strikes outside active war zones “in the coming weeks”. The numbers would break down the strikes, including casualty figures, in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and Libya since President Barack Obama took office in 2009.
THE official inquiry into Britain’s involvement in the Iraq war was published on July 6th and, after almost seven years, has taken longer than the British campaign itself. Sir John Chilcot’s report found that not all peaceful options had been exhausted in the lead up to the war and the invasion was by no means a final resort.
ON THURSDAY June 30th 600 IKEA-philes gathered in Almhult, Sweden for the grand opening of the IKEA Museum, a three-storey 7,000-square-metre monument to affordable Scandinavian design.
BRITAIN'S decision to leave the European Union has sent shockwaves across the financial community. On June 24th, the day after the referendum, shares in Britain's FTSE 100 stock index fell by 3% and the pound hit a 31-year low against the dollar.
CANADA has long been a country for idealists. Before the United States entered either world war, thousands of Americans eager to fight in Europe joined the Canadian military. Decades later, Americans fled north to avoid fighting in Vietnam.
JUST like cooking a culinary masterpiece, making a hit Broadway show requires the right ingredients. The more the chef knows about the measurements and recipe, the more likely it is that a restaurant can fill its seats with new customers.
EVEN before Britain voted to leave the European Union, opportunistic populists across the continent were claiming that their countries could also break free of the shackles of Brussels. Talk of "Frexits" and "Malternatives" abounded...
DONALD TRUMP is a man of ideas. Although critics have lambasted him for flip-flopping on some policies (he now proposes to ban immigrants from "terrorist nations" rather than all Muslims), Mr Trump has stood firm on at least one proposal: his wall. A new report from Bernstein Research looks at the economics of the wall's construction.
IT HAS long been said that economic output is too narrow a gauge by which to measure the progress of nations.
ANTI-DOPING advocates expressed outrage at the International Olympic Committee's decision not to impose a blanket ban on the Russian Olympic team.