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Concerns about lack of reliable access to high quality, safe and effective products are so substantial that the World Health Assembly has called for a roadmap for Access to Medicines.

Backcasting from a future health dystopia: 3 ways to prevent it

Most science fiction has tended to the dystopian view of the future. In these fictional dystopias the quality of life of the lower-income strata of society is often regressing, while the highest-income strata have access to technologies that render even ageing and death obsolete

Global surface temperatures have been exceptionally warm over the first half of 2020, tying with the record warmth seen in 2016.

2020 set to be first or second warmest year on record

With the data now in for the first half of the year, Carbon Brief estimates that 2020 is most likely to be either the warmest or second warmest year on record, depending on the approach used to calculate global temperatures

The release of the 33 million euros should make it possible to cover the immediate needs of the emergency services and hospitals in the capital, said the European Commission.

EU releases 33 million euros emergency aid for Beirut blast

The European Union announced Thursday (6 August) that it had released €33 million to finance initial emergency aid for Lebanon and mobilised material resources, including an Italian hospital ship, to help relief efforts in Beirut, devastated Tuesday by two explosions

"What COVID-19 has done is accelerate the disruption already heralded by the Fourth Industrial Revolution and demographic trends, and underscore the urgency required to address systemic vulnerabilities."

Why COVID-19 makes inclusion a strategic imperative for business

To quote Singapore’s senior minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam from his national address last month: “The future begins now”

"The pandemic won’t leave a direct record of the viruses for geologists of the far future to investigate, as viruses don’t fossilise. And it may be hard to pick out a clear fossil record of the victims too, as they could be difficult to distinguish among other causes of death."

How COVID-19 will look to geologists of the future

COVID-19 is a major global shock that has turned our lives upside down, but how does it measure up on the grand billion-year scale of Earth history?

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Data from the apex Reserve Bank of India (RBI) show that India is now clocking around 100 million digital transactions a day with a volume of 5 trillion rupees ($67 billion), about a five-times jump from 2016.

World

COVID-19 has accelerated India’s digital reset

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Since the beginning of its COVID-19 lockdown in late March, India has distributed around $5 billion in cash benefits to its citizens who need assistance the most, entirely through payments made via digital platforms

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Sales of textiles, clothing and footwear grew by 20.4% month-on-month in the eurozone, after a record 224.1% jump in May.

Europe

Eurozone retail sales return to pre-pandemic levels

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The volume of retail sales in the euro zone rebounded in June to levels recorded in February before lockdowns, official estimates showed on Wednesday (5 August), completing a recovery that began in May after record drops in March and April

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"AI has the power to accelerate the processes by reasoning across all available biomedical data and information in a systematic search for existing approved medicines – a vital step in helping patients while the world waits for a vaccine."

Analyses

How AI can accelerate the search for treatments for emerging and intractable diseases

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The sudden appearance and rapid spread of COVID-19 took governments and society by surprise

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The new UK-Japan deal is expected to be based on the European agreement but London wants to expand it into digital trade and is also hoping to win the reduction of additional Japanese tariffs.

World

Japanese FM in UK for post-Brexit trade talks

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Japan’s foreign minister on Wednesday (5 August) began a three-day trip to Britain in a bid to wrap up negotiations on a post-Brexit trade agreement

Ronald Reagan, the 40th U.S. President, famously pledged decades ago that “a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought.”

World

Joe Biden and Ending the US’s Dr. Strangelove Nuclear Posture

Thursday, August 6, 2020

It is imperative to structure the U.S. nuclear posture to guard against the greatest danger — accidental nuclear war

“Flatten the curve” was the mantra of the early COVID-19 response. To avoid overwhelming health-care systems and buy time to increase their capacity, populations needed to take action to slow the spread of the virus.

Analyses

Pandemic policy should also be climate policy - this is why

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

While the world focuses on the COVID-19 crisis, climate change continues to advance. The consequences are devastating and becoming more so – and that includes for the pandemic response itself

The Mediterranean island, with its light regulation, use of English law and double taxation treaty with Moscow, has been an important destination for Russian entrepreneurs and firms.

World

Russia surprises Cyprus with move to scrap tax deal

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Russia’s finance ministry said on Monday (3 August) it would scrap an agreement with Cyprus aimed at avoiding double taxation after talks to modify the deal failed, a decision that surprised Cyprus, which said talks were still under way

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“What we are witnessing is a huge catastrophe,” the head of Lebanon’s Red Cross George Kettani told broadcaster Mayadeen. “There are victims and casualties everywhere.”

World

Toll expected to rise in blast that shook Beirut, killing 78 and injuring thousands

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Lebanese rescue workers dug through the rubble looking for survivors of a powerful warehouse explosion that shook the capital Beirut on Tuesday (4 August), killing 78 people and injuring nearly 4,000 in a toll that officials expected to rise

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"However you parse the data, capitalism increasingly appears to disproportionately benefit the very top performers."

Analyses

What’s Behind the Rising Inequality of Everything?

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Jeff Bezos, the CEO of the company millions depended on for deliveries during coronavirus lockdown, is reportedly set to become the world’s first trillionaire. As forecast by business platform Comparisun, his unique status isn’t due to the current crisis

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How we can manifest “the next world” that serves us all.

Analyses

A Post-Covid Social Contract

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Peace and prosperity are a part of everyday life that we seem to have taken for granted. We used to be certain about how life should be, what success looked like, and we used to feel invulnerable

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The loss of economic opportunity has dealt a near-fatal blow to U.S. democracy. Popular support for democracy may not require breakneck economic growth, but it does require fairness.

World

Dateline US: Economic Power for the 99%

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Economic shame haunts hard-working Americans. They ask themselves why they can’t do as well as their parents

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Farming is capital-intensive and farmers are at the mercy of volatile global commodity markets, trade disputes, regulatory changes, weather, pests, and disease.

Analyses

How carbon-smart farming can feed us and fight climate change at the same time

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Farmers are the stewards of our planet’s precious soil, one of the least understood and untapped defenses against climate change

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EU Actually

Does Vestager overplay her hand again?

N. Peter KramerBy: N. Peter Kramer

The EU General Court overturned the landmark 2016 decision by EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager that Ireland should claw back €13 billion in unpaid taxes plus interest from Apple

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Strategic gas interconnector Greece-Bulgaria on bumpy road

Strategic gas interconnector Greece-Bulgaria on bumpy road

The construction of a strategic EU-supported pipeline which is expected to break the monopoly of Russian gas on the Bulgarian market has hit a snag

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Why COVID-19 makes inclusion a strategic imperative for business

Why COVID-19 makes inclusion a strategic imperative for business

To quote Singapore’s senior minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam from his national address last month: “The future begins now”

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