UK economy shrinks by record 20.4% in second quarter

Over the first six months of 2020, British GDP fell by 22.1%, slightly less than Spain’s 22.7% but more than double the 10.6% fall in the US

Teens who vape more likely to have shown Covid-19 symptoms

The study cannot prove that vaping causes Covid-19, but researchers say vaping involves repeated touching of hands to the mouth and face, which is associated ...

Urban design needs reworking in US

While good design can bolster community bonds, poor planning can have a negative effect on city dwellers

Donald Trump is likely to overpromise and underdeliver on tax cuts

The US president’s actions are aimed at giving a lift to both his working-class base and financial markets

The EU country most reliant on tourism says things are looking up

Croatia saw a 96% dive in foreign visitors in May from 2019, but tourism revenue for the week ending August 8 is at 74% of the same period in 2019

How the youth has borne the brunt of the Covid-19 pandemic

A lack of vacancies is expected to lead to a longer transition from school to work, while younger workers and those in lower-income countries are also more ...

The good and the bad Kamala Harris brings to the Biden ticket

She’s a a woman of colour who is a generation younger than Joe Biden —  but has she been too tough on crime in the past?

India’s villagers flout virus rules saying it has ‘weakened’

As rural areas haven’t seen anyone in their communities die, they are dismissive of Covid-19’s severity, even as infections soar

How the West lost faith in Hong Kong’s judicial system

When Jimmy Lai and others were arrested, Hong Kong CEO Carrie Lam offered room for a presumption of innocence —China effectively declared them all guilty

Questions about UK’s Covid-19 response as economy is battered

The figures add to evidence that Britain is paying a heavy price for being slower than most of its peers to enter a lockdown in March

Ramaphosa’s envoys leave Zimbabwe after ‘opposition meeting blocked’

President Mnangagwa arm-twisted the agenda of the meeting with South Africans to suit himself, says insider

Joe Biden announces Kamala Harris as White House running mate

California senator becomes the first black woman on a major party presidential ticket in US history

Fed’s Barkin warns US economy faces ‘sinkhole’ as recovery slows

Thomas Barkin warns that Covid-19 flare-ups around the country are hitting the rebound

Mauritius to seek compensation after oil spill off its coast

Crack inside the hull of the stricken Japanese-owned vessel raises fear it may break up

New Zealand locks down Auckland after new Covid cases found

The Pacific island state moves fast with brief lockdown to contain spread  after being coronavirus-free for 102 days

Isabel dos Santos quits Unitel board amid ‘climate of permanent conflict’

Angolan President João Lourenço has moved against those affiliated to José Eduardo dos Santos, his predecessor

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