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HIV’s slow retrenchment

5 minutes agoNews : Daily Chart

THE latest dispatch from the war on HIV, the “Global AIDS Update 2016”, just published by UNAIDS, the UN agency responsible for combating the virus, brings qualified good news. Last year, it estimates, there were 1.1m AIDS-related deaths, down from a peak of 2m in 2005 and a value of 1.2m in 2014. Show More Summary

The mismanagement of opioids

yesterdayNews : Daily Chart

OPIOIDS, a class of drugs that includes morphine and other derivatives of the opium poppy, can dramatically ease pain, from the agony of broken bones to terminal cancer. And they are cheap: enough morphine to soothe a cancer patient for a month should cost just $2-5. Show More Summary

The world’s refugee crisis: past and present

4 days agoNews : Daily Chart

THANKS in part to the surge of refugees from Syria, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN’s refugee body, now puts the world’s displaced population at a post-war record of 60m, of whom 20m are stranded outside their own countries (the map and chart show only registered refugees, for whom firm figures are available). Show More Summary

The clear and present danger of a nuclear North Korea

5 days agoNews : Daily Chart

NORTH KOREA is not bound by any global rules. Its hereditary dictator, Kim Jong Un, imposes forced labour on hundreds of thousands of his people and threatens to drench Seoul, the South’s capital, in “a sea of fire”. Nuclear weapons are central to his regime’s identity and survival. Show More Summary

Donald Trump gets the 1,237 delegates he needs for the Republican nomination

5 days agoNews : Daily Chart

ON MAY 26th the Associated Press declared that Donald Trump has won 1,238 delegates (counting unpledged), enough to claim the Republican nomination outright. Given the conventional wisdom this election cycle has been that the Republican...Show More Summary

How unpopular are Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton?

6 days agoNews : Daily Chart

A GLIMPSE at how the presidential contest is developing was summed up nicely by a recent headline in the Los Angeles Times: “A Trump-Clinton general election poses a question: Which one does America hate less?” The parties’ putativeShow More Summary

The rise of the far right in Europe

last weekNews : Daily Chart

ON MAY 22nd Europe came within 31,000 votes of electing its first far-right head of state since 1945. Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) only narrowly lost out to Alexander Van der Bellen, the former Green Party leader, in his country's presidential election. Show More Summary

Countering antibiotic resistance

last weekNews : Daily Chart

DRUG resistance is simple to understand yet often misunderstood. Antibiotics mostly kill bugs by either blocking the synthesis of new proteins or interfering with the making of cell walls. Any variation in the bacteria’s genome thatShow More Summary

England is building houses, but not in the right places

last weekNews : Daily Chart

ENGLAND has been struggling to meet its residents’ burgeoning demand for housing. In 2004 2.31 people lived in the average English household. Over the following decade, the country’s population rose by 4.1m while its housing stock rose by only 1.7m, a ratio of 2.44 per new household. Show More Summary

Pity Russia's billionaires

last weekNews : Daily Chart

IN THE 1990s, following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Russian government under President Boris Yeltsin sold off state-owned assets at cut-rate prices to a group of well-connected Russian businessmen. These tycoons, who are often...Show More Summary

What Republicans want

last weekNews : Daily Chart

WITH the delegates he won from the Oregon primary on May 17th under his belt, Donald Trump has the Republican presidential nomination within his grasp. His partial attempt to soften his image has now begun in earnest, especially over one of his most provocative policies: a temporary ban on Muslims from entering the United States. Show More Summary

Where yellow fever could spread next

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

YELLOW fever is spreading. Since December, around 2,300 suspected cases of the mosquito-borne disease have been reported in Angola, with nearly 300 deaths. That may not sound like many set against the estimated 80,000 deaths a year that...Show More Summary

Sykes-Picot 100 years on

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

THE MODERN frontiers of the Arab world only vaguely resemble the blue and red grease-pencil lines secretly drawn on a map of the Levant on May 16th 1916, at the height of the first world war. Sir Mark Sykes and François Georges-Picot...Show More Summary

The gender pay gap persists almost everywhere

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

ON AVERAGE women earn 18% less than men, according to analysis by Korn Ferry Hay Group, a consulting firm which looked at more than 8m employees in 33 countries. The pay gap is largely explained by a lack of women in highly paid roles. Show More Summary

A history of presidential impeachments

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

ON MAY 12th Brazil's Senate voted to open an impeachment trial against the country's first female president, Dilma Rousseff. Accused of hiding the true size of the budget deficit, Ms Rousseff has stepped down for up to 180 days while the chamber decides on her fate. Show More Summary

Restrictive laws do not necessarily lower abortion rates

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

TRACKING abortion rates is a hard task. Some countries under-report them, and many do not report them at all. A new paper published in the Lancet, led by Gilda Sedgh of the Guttmacher Institute, and the World Health Organisation, is only the fourth such study, and supersedes previous estimates that are considered too conservative. Show More Summary

The BBC’s past and future

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

TODAY the British government released a white paper outlining its proposed changes to the BBC. The paper is to be the basis for a new charter for the public broadcaster to replace the existing one, which expires at the end of this year. Show More Summary

Why aren't white men favouring Hillary Clinton?

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

HILLARY CLINTON’S defeat in the West Virginia primary yesterday followed a trend in this year’s Democratic primaries: the front-runner has been losing to Bernie Sanders in states without sizeable numbers of blacks and Hispanics. West Virginia used to be Clinton country (for Bill at least). Show More Summary

Cataloguing the world’s plants

3 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

The world’s first comprehensive survey of wild plants suggests that more than a fifth of species are threatened with extinction. Farming, logging and land development account for over 60% of the threat, according to “The State of the World’s Plants 2016”, published by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Show More Summary

Syria’s war, violence beyond control

3 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

“OUT of control,” is how John Kerry, America’s secretary of state, described Syria’s war this week. “A miracle that is now fragile,” said Staffan de Mistura, the UN envoy to Syria, on the partial ceasefire that had brought a degree of calm since it came into force on February 27th. Show More Summary

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