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Commons sense

2 days agoNews : Daily Chart

Audio and Video content on requires a browser that can handle iFrames. THE British House of Commons, the elected and more powerful of Parliament’s two chambers, is laid out for adversarial politics: the opposing front benches are said to be separated by a distance equal to that of two drawn swords. Show More Summary

Constituency cartography

2 days agoNews : Daily Chart

2015 General Election - UK Constituencies Current seats Geographic Schematic Marginal seats Geographic Schematic House prices Geographic Schematic Population Geographic Schematic Source: The Economist...Continue reading

Poll tracker

2 days agoNews : Daily Chart

AS Britain's general election nears, one thing is clear: the national picture masks a complicated range of dynamics among different groups of voters. With Britain's political system fragmenting, and the economic and social conditions in different parts of the country becoming ever-more varied, the notion of a "uniform swing" is largely academic. Show More Summary

A powder keg

2 days agoNews : Daily Chart

ON MARCH 28th Nigerians go to the polls in the most important contest that Africa's most populous nation, and biggest economy, has held since its return to civilian rule in 1999. Nigeria has been one of the world's fastest-growing economies over the past 15 years. Show More Summary

Fleeing to safety

3 days agoNews : Daily Chart

IN 2014 asylum applications to rich countries reached their highest level for over 20 years, according to data from the UNHCR, t he UN's refugee agency. Around 866,000 applications were lodged, a 45% increase on the previous year. Two-thirds of those were in the European Union. Show More Summary

What’s up?

3 days agoNews : Daily Chart

MESSENGERS are arguably the most successful smartphone apps. The ten biggest collectively boast more than 3 billion accounts. WhatsApp, the leader, has 700m. The number of WhatsApp messages sent every day now exceeds the number of standard texts. Show More Summary

Payback time

4 days agoNews : Daily Chart

NOT much has gone right for Greece since the Syriza-led government of Alexis Tsipras took power earlier this year. Mr Tsipras's promise to press Greece's European creditors for better bail-out terms rattled markets; both bank deposits...Show More Summary

A history of hat throwing

5 days agoNews : Daily Chart

On March 23rd, a mere 596 days before election day, Senator Ted Cruz of Texas said he was running for president in 2016. This is the first formal announcement by a top-tier candidate. Weary voters will note that presidential campaigns seem to be getting ever longer. Show More Summary

An astonishing record

6 days agoNews : Daily Chart

ONE of the world’s great economic success stories, Singapore owes much of its prosperity to a record of honest and pragmatic government, the legacy of Lee Kuan Yew, who has died aged 91. He retired as prime minister in 1990 but his influence shaped government policy until his death, and will continue to do so beyond. Show More Summary

The new class divide

last weekNews : Daily Chart

AMONG America's educated elite, the traditional family is thriving according to a new book by Robert Putnam, but the gulf between how the rich and the poor raise their children is growing. Fewer than 10% of births to female college graduates are outside marriage compared to 65% among women with just a high-school education. Show More Summary

Creation of a caliphate

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IN JUNE 2014 the jihadists of Islamic State (IS) seized Mosul, Iraq's second city, and stormed south, coming close to taking Baghdad. The fighters' aim was not simply the downfall of the Iraqi state, but the creation of a new one of their own: to declare a caliphate with authority over all Muslims. Show More Summary

Israel's election

last weekNews : Daily Chart

DEFYING the pollsters, Binyamin Netanyahu's Likud party claimed a clear win in Israel's election on March 17th, dropping just a single seat from 2013. Prior to the vote, Mr Netanyahu appeared to trail his main challenger, Yitzhak Herzog, the leader of Zionist Union, for much of the campaign. Show More Summary

Destitute and devastated

last weekNews : Daily Chart

CYCLONE PAM, which devasted the archipelago nation of Vanuatu on Friday March 13th, was the worst storm to hit the South Pacific since at least Cyclone Zoe in 2002. Sustained winds of 135 knots hit the archipelago, as well as Kiribati, Tuvalu and the Solomon Islands. Show More Summary

A less crooked continent?

last weekNews : Daily Chart

TWO-THIRDS of Latin American countries languish in the bottom half of Transparency International’s “corruption perceptions index”, and the region's long, rich history of corruption shows few signs of abating. In Brazil, 34 sitting politicians...Show More Summary

Tu casa es mi casa

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

AMERICA is a country built by immigration, but nothing in its history compares to the rise in its Hispanic population. Changes to immigration law in the 1960s triggered a decades-long surge in arrivals, taking the Hispanic population from just 7m in 1970 to 57m today, a number that is set to double by mid-century. Show More Summary

The nuclear age

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

Audio and Video content on requires a browser that can handle iFrames. IN JANUARY 2007 Henry Kissinger, George Shultz, William Perry and Sam Nunn—four American political heavyweights—called for a global effort to reduce reliance on nuclear weapons. Show More Summary

What to wear

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

ON MARCH 9th, hot on the heels of largest quarterly earnings on record, Apple launched its next big thing: the Watch. The timepiece goes on sale on April 24th at an entry-level price of $350. Those wanting to splash out can spend as much as $17,000. Show More Summary

Drought in São Paulo

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

Audio and Video content on requires a browser that can handle iFrames. FEBRUARY 2015 was the wettest month in the region around São Paulo since 1995, with rainfall 36% above the historical average. But the water emergency in South America's biggest metropolis is not over. Show More Summary

Revenge of the nerds

3 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

Which degrees give the best financial returns? American universities, selectivity and returns All degrees Eng/comp/math Bus/econ Science Humanities Arts Sample of 452 institutions †Based on 2012-13 costs ‡-15% or worse

The glass-ceiling index

3 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

Where is the best place to be a working woman? IN SOME countries International Women's Day on March 8th is a public holiday. But it is too early to relax efforts to increase equality for working women. The Nordics are still out in front,...Show More Summary

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