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POPULATION forecasting is not simple. Demographers use mortality data—information about when people die and why—to estimate the likely life expectancy of people still alive. The UN, the World Health Organisation (WHO) and others produce periodic forecasts that are fairly similar.
NO ISSUE divides America quite like immigration. Many politicians of both parties favour a “comprehensive reform” that would secure the border, allow a realistic number of newcomers in and offer a path to citizenship for illegal migrants already inside the country. However, restrictionists have killed every reform bill since 1986.
IT WAS the briefest of pursuits. On February 19th, Kraft Heinz, a food-retail company, halted its proposed acquisition of Unilever, just two days after it declared an interest in its consumer products rival. The marriage would have created the second-biggest consumer goods group in the world.
In the months following Donald Trump’s election, Russian media fell hard for their brash new beau. Television anchors and columnists lauded Mr Trump’s promises to rebuild relations with Russia.
DURING Donald Trump’s inauguration speech he declared that America’s “forgotten men and women” will be “forgotten no longer”. Then, earlier this month, he vowed to bring back jobs to states that have been “hurt so badly” by globalisation. By “forgotten” people, he means above all white working-class men.
TWENTY years ago Dolly the sheep, the first animal clone, was revealed to the world. She caused a sensation. Many scientists had believed cloning animals was impossible. Dolly’s creation showed that DNA in a differentiated cell could be repurposed through nuclear transfer, opening up two new possibilities.
THIS week the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) held its first meeting of defence ministers since Donald Trump became America?s president.
YOUNG people have always been more idealistic than their elders, and more liberal too. In the 1960s baby-boomers spearheaded the social revolution that liberalised values across Western countries. What were then fringe issues, such as equality for women and racial minorities, are now social norms in most rich countries.
NEVER before had 140 characters caused such a market stir. On December 12th 2016, just weeks after being elected America’s 45th president, Donald Trump took to social media to attack Lockheed Martin, a weapons-maker.
NORTH KOREA is an expert at provocation. Its missile launch over the Sea of Japan on February 12th came as Donald Trump hosted Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, on a state visit. Mr Abe denounced the launch as “absolutely intolerable”. Mr Trump declared that America “stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%”.
THE Asian “model” of migration tends to be highly restrictive, and often appears more dedicated to stemming immigration than to managing it. The continent?s governments frequently curtail entry severely, strongly discourage permanent settlement and keep citizenship out of reach.
LAS VEGAS may be synonymous with gambling, but the industry’s biggest expo is actually held in London, and wraps up today. Exhibitors in over 3,000 stands advertise the latest products designed to part punters from their cash, ranging from gaming apps to slot machines and virtual-reality games.
GOING by the numbers, China’s notoriously hazardous coal mines have become less perilous in recent years. In January the government said that 538 people had died in mining accidents in 2016, a mere 11% of the death toll a decade earlier. The total number of deaths per million tonnes of coal extracted was the lowest ever.
OVER the past two years America has become more murderous. After steadily falling for a quarter-century, the national homicide rate jumped by 11% in 2015. Last year, an escalation of gang violence in Chicago increased the number of killings there from 485 to 764.
MEXICO sells America more goods than America sells Mexico, and it enrages President Donald Trump. His solution is to rewrite the North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which allows goods to flow across the Rio Grande free of tariffs. America sends almost $240bn in goods to Mexico every year.
AN ONLINE petition to ban Donald Trump from making a state visit to Britain this summer is destined to be ignored. The petition has so far been signed by 1.8m people, nearly four times as many as a similar one a year ago, which aimed to stop Mr Trump from entering the country.
THE rise of populism in Europe and the United States has revealed that voters are deeply divided over immigration. Nationalists and populists, from Donald Trump to Britain’s UK Independence Party and Alternative for Germany (AfD), proclaim that governments should give priority to keeping foreigners out.
AT A made-for-television event on January 31st, Donald Trump announced he would nominate Neil Gorsuch to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by the death of Antonin Scalia. Mr Gorsuch is both widely respected and solidly conservativ...
IS THE American elite born or made? A new study by a team of economists tackles this question. By matching data from the Department of Education with 30m tax returns, the authors examine in unprecedented detail how much graduates of different colleges earn, and how earnings vary according to parental income.
THE boom in nuclear energy began in the 1950s, when America, Russia, Britain and France rushed to develop reactor technologies for electricity generation. By the late 1970s around 230 reactors were under construction.