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A new sort of leader for Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland

A new sort of leader for Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland

IT WAS always going to be hard to replace Martin McGuinness, the former commander in the Irish Republican Army (IRA) who led Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland for nearly ten years before announcing his retirement on January 19th. So the party has opted for a

today, 18:26 in Politics
 
Theresa May’s long-awaited “industrial strategy” looks a bit thin

Theresa May’s long-awaited “industrial strategy” looks a bit thin

SINCE standing for the leadership of the Conservative Party last summer, Theresa May has repeatedly promised to put a new “industrial strategy” at the heart of her government. Yet despite much talk, and even the establishment of a department with the phr

yesterday, 21:46 in Politics
 
Testing the methods of neuroscience on computer chips suggests they are wanting

Testing the methods of neuroscience on computer chips suggests they are wanting

NEUROSCIENCE, like many other sciences, has a bottomless appetite for data. Flashy enterprises such as the BRAIN Initiative, announced by Barack Obama in 2013, or the Human Brain Project, approved by the European Union in the same year, aim to analyse th

Thursday, 18:18 in Science &Technology
 
A new Russian weapon may give it an underwater advantage

A new Russian weapon may give it an underwater advantage

WHEN introduced 40 years ago, the Soviet Shkval (“Squall”) torpedo was hailed as an “aircraft-carrier killer” because its speed, more than 370kph (200 knots), was four times that of any American rival. The claim was premature. Problems with its design me

Thursday, 18:18 in Science &Technology
 

The automation game

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Thursday, 18:18 in Science &Technology
 
Police in Britain want to keep more of the loot they confiscate

Police in Britain want to keep more of the loot they confiscate

FEW opportunities exist for interested buyers to lay their hands in a single evening on a string of racehorses, a pair of slightly worn Louis Vuitton trainers, four gold Krugerrand, a Rolex or five, a Mercedes and a couple of yachts, at knock-down prices

Thursday, 16:52 in Politics
 
Are eight men as wealthy as half the world’s population?

Are eight men as wealthy as half the world’s population?

EVERY ten minutes, black Volkswagen shuttle vans ferry delegates from their hotels in Davos, Switzerland, to this year’s World Economic Forum, held from January 17th to 20th. If you could squeeze the world’s eight richest men into one of these vans, they

Thursday, 16:37 in Business
 
Italy presents the European Union’s new bank-rescue rules with their first big test

Italy presents the European Union’s new bank-rescue rules with their first big test

ANOTHER blow to national pride: on January 13th DBRS, a Canadian rating agency, downgraded Italy’s sovereign debt, stripping the country of its last A rating. Government bond-yields rose; so will the cost of funding for Italian banks. Erik Nielsen, chief

Thursday, 16:37 in Business
 
America’s secret war in Laos

America’s secret war in Laos

A Great Place to Have a War: America in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA. By Joshua Kurlantzick. Simon & Schuster, 320 pages; $28. THE bombing of Laos in the 1960s and early 1970s always used to be referred to as America’s “secret war”. This...

Thursday, 16:22 in Art & Culture
 
Hull hopes to revive its fortunes as Britain’s latest “City of Culture”

Hull hopes to revive its fortunes as Britain’s latest “City of Culture”

JUST half an hour after opening time, it is already back-of-the-head viewing only at the Ferens art gallery in Hull. That must be rare for a smallish regional museum on a drizzly weekday morning. But then a whopping 10,000 people crammed into it over the

Thursday, 15:07 in Politics
 
Two new museum heads herald a generational shift in advocates for the arts in Britain

Two new museum heads herald a generational shift in advocates for the arts in Britain

Balshaw and Hunt, new captains of culture IT HAS long been a badge of honour for London’s fashionable museums to be led by an exotic foreign director. Tate Modern, the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A), the British Museum, the National Gallery...

Thursday, 15:07 in Politics
 
How the City of London hopes to navigate a hard Brexit

How the City of London hopes to navigate a hard Brexit

THERESA MAY’S speech on January 17th set Britain definitively on a path to a “hard” Brexit, in which it will leave not just the EU but the European single market. This was not what the City of London wanted to hear. The prime minister did at least pick o

Thursday, 13:15 in Business
 
Republican tax-reform plans face many hurdles, including Donald Trump

Republican tax-reform plans face many hurdles, including Donald Trump

AMONG other things, the start of Donald Trump’s presidency this week heralds a collision between campaigning rhetoric and legislative and economic reality. What follows will be a learning experience for all, it is fair to say. Though not perhaps the most

Thursday, 11:33 in Business
 
A merger is the latest sign of Big Tobacco’s resilience

A merger is the latest sign of Big Tobacco’s resilience

BRITISH AMERICAN TOBACCO (BAT) announced on January 17th a final deal to buy Reynolds American for $49bn. BAT already owns 42% of Reynolds; buying the rest of it will create the world’s largest listed tobacco company by sales and profits. It will peddle

Thursday, 07:50 in Business
 
Businesses can and will adapt to the age of populism

Businesses can and will adapt to the age of populism

AS THEY slid down the streets of Davos this week, many executives will have felt a question gnawing in their guts. Who matters most: shareholders or the people? Around the world a revolt seems under way. A growing cohort—perhaps a majority—of citizens wa

Wednesday, 16:19 in Business
 
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