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Why plans to merge Shoprite and Steinhoff into a “retail champion of Africa” were scrapped


The proposed merger of the African chains Shoprite and Steinhoff was billed as a deal that would bring a retail giant to the continent, but shareholders were not impressed.

Donald Trump’s absurd war on truth is forcing the media to act like real journalists again


Among the many plot twists introduced by Donald Trump’s administration, add this to the list: Perhaps never before in US history has the mundane machinations of political personalities getting “booked” on cable news been so publicly debated.

What pop-culture contradictions in “La La Land” can teach us about democracy


Every year, pop awards season resurrects the paradox of democracy. We take democracy for granted but turn technical and elitist when people vote the wrong way.

Linguistics can help conservatives and liberals agree on objective reality again


In highly polarized moments, we tend to recycle the same words over and over again rather than have original thoughts.

A comprehensive guide to resisting Trump—ripped straight from the Tea Party playbook


One month into his tenure as the one of the most disliked US presidents in modern history, Donald Trump has created far more headlines than actual policy.

DNA evidence proves a maternal dynasty existed in North America 1,200 years ago


An ancient North American dynasty ruling parts of the what is now the southwestern US 1,200 years ago used to only pass its power to elites born from powerful women, according to new DNA evidence.

Donald Trump has a plan to boost the trade deficit in one easy step


The Trump administration has reportedly asked government accountants to reconsider how they calculate the US balance of trade—a move widely seen as a prelude to attacks on US free trade deals and the global supply chains of US companies.

Netflix’s new design series spreads the wrong idea about design


There’s drama behind every designed object. Design is the animating force behind brands, buildings and interfaces, and so an engrossing series that explains to a general audience what actually goes on behind the scenes was long overdue.

A complete guide to seeing beyond your cozy filter bubble


Depending on where you fall on the political spectrum, your social-media feed on Feb. 17—when US president Donald Trump gave an unwieldy 77-minute press conference—may have been filled with posts like this: Tomorrow's cover: Sorry media — this press conference played very different with Trump’s supporters https://t.co/4W0ZlIZCbD pic.twitter.com/luxeYAig2d — New York Post (@nypost) February 16, 2017 Or this: Up until an hour ago, the scariest thing I'd ever watched was Psycho.

Fox producers apologize to Kenya for using footage of the Westgate attack in a TV show


In the latest episode of Fox’s spy thriller, 24 Legacy, a counterintelligence agent briefs US authorities on the possibility of a terrorist attack by the show’s main villain.

It’s not just trade that’s threatened by Trump’s simplistic view of NAFTA


When US president Donald Trump looks at Mexico, all he sees is a $60 billion trade deficit glaring back at him.

Even free money can’t convince Australian energy companies to build new coal plants


Australia is in the middle of another extreme summer. Many regions are experiencing temperatures 10 °C (18 °F) higher than average.

The world’s freest economy is slashing its already-low taxes after a $12 billion surplus surprise


Thanks to its low and simple taxation, Hong Kong has topped the Heritage Foundation’s rankings of the world’s freest economies for 23 years in a row.

As Africa’s largest lakes shrink rapidly, space technology and drones are needed to fight drought


Nigerian and Chadian officials are seeking $50 billion for a major water diversion project to replenish Lake Chad.

India’s $600-billion market is not big enough for it to top global retail rankings


India’s retail market is yet to show up on the global map. For two decades now, Indian retailers have been missing from Deloitte’s annual “Global Powers of Retailing” ranking that measures global retailers by their turnover and presence in foreign markets.

If you were expecting a big fat salary hike this April, we’ve got some bad news


The days of steep salary hikes may be over in India. For the first time in a decade, barring in 2009 when the global economy went into a tailspin, the average salary hike in Asia’s third-largest economy is expected to slip below 10% in 2017 to 9.5%, consultancy firm Aon Hewitt forecasts.

There’s only one woman among the 20 highest-earning Indian artists


It’s always lonely at the top for women, even in the art world. Of the top 20 highest-earning Indian artists, ranked by global auction turnover since 1965, there’s only one female face: Amrita Sher-Gil, the half-Hungarian painter who was often labelled India’s Frida Kahlo.

It’s official, Narendra Modi is the most followed world leader on Facebook


Narendra Modi’s term as prime minister has been contentious to say the least. Fans have applauded his “India First” initiatives in economy while critics have condemned his stoic silence on rising nationalist vigilantism and religious fissures in the country.

Satya Nadella spent a week trying to convince India that Microsoft can catch up to Google and Facebook


The likes of Facebook and Google have tired of saturated, tech-savvy markets like Japan and US. To find their next frontier for growth, they’re turning to India.

Donald Trump has reversed Obama’s praised bathroom choice policy for transgender students


US president Donald Trump today rescinded the federal protections that Barack Obama placed on transgender students’ bathroom use.


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