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‘Game of Thrones effect’ is driving force behind William the Conqueror epics

theguardian.com The global success of Game of Thrones, the fantasy historical series, has sparked a renewed interest in history among film-makers, according to the writer behind a new movie…

A Russian stock exchange descended into chaos this week after fraudsters declared it had filed for bankruptcy

finance.yahoo.com None The Saint Petersburg stock exchange broke into chaos this week after a filing said the exchange was bankrupt. • None The filing was submitted by fraudsters, the…

The 2024 Republican primary: Views on the first debate and Donald Trump

today.yougov.com New polling by the Economist/YouGov conducted after the first 2024 Republican presidential debate explores who Republicans think won, who they think did poorly, and who they…

Why China is restricting exports of graphite

economist.com T government was caught off-guard in October last year when America hit it with tough export controls on high-powered semiconductors. Communist leaders in Beijing took…

Fentanyl kills thousands every year in America. Will Europe be next?

economist.com O edge of Paris, far from the brasseries and museums, lies a cautionary tale of what happens when humanity trips up. Beneath a slew of motorway interchanges near the Porte…

German judges toss a spanner into the government’s spending plans

economist.com A the knuckles hurts. It hurts even more when delivered with a gavel by the highest court in the land. For Germany’s governing coalition, a judgment issued on November 15th…

As Ukrainian men head off to fight, women take up their jobs

economist.com O she has placed her life on hold. Covid-19 took her mother and her husband two years ago. Russian artillery took her father and her oldest son this spring. “I’ve immersed…

A year after its liberation, Kherson still knows fear

economist.com T are gone, with their billboards, their roubles and their savagery. So are the flood waters, which submerged parts of Kherson after the collapse of the Nova Kakhovka dam in…

The outsize influence of small states is fading in the EU

economist.com H sat at a table so large you needed opera glasses to see what was happening at the other end? Such is the fate of those involved in gatherings of the . In Brussels,…

Ukraine inches closer to joining the EU

economist.com G has been thin on the ground for Ukraine of late. Its counter-offensive to kick out Russian troops has stalled, the fighting in Israel and Gaza has stolen some of the…

Trenches and tech on Ukraine’s southern front

economist.com T might not spot you, but if it does, there is only one thing to do: hide well, and hide quickly. “Major”, a 25-year-old drone pilot operating near the hottest front lines…

A mysterious attack in northern Kosovo rattles everyone

economist.com S , its intelligence services and its armed forces were all involved in a plot to seize control of the north of Kosovo last month. At least, so says Xhelal Svecla, Kosovo’s…

Ukraine’s allies are scrambling to bolster its air defences

economist.com M are pushing the Ukrainian counter-offensive towards its close. The focus is thus shifting to protecting the country’s cities, infrastructure and vital production…

Turkey’s president picks a fight with the Council of Europe

economist.com F Turkey has been a member of the Council of Europe, the organisation established in 1949, long before there was a European Union, to protect fundamental human rights on…

Ukraine prepares for winter again as Russia targets its power grid

economist.com I close-run thing, says the director of the power station, as he thinks back to last November. The Russian missile was heading directly for the turbine hall; but it hit some…

Slovakia gives pro-Russian populist nationalism another win

economist.com “G back!” wrote Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, in a happy tweet. Robert Fico, twice prime minister of Slovakia, fell from power in 2018 after the murder of a…

America says it will send long-range missiles to Ukraine

economist.com M Ukraine’s wishlist of weapons has shrunk. At the start of the war came Javelins and Stingers to take out tanks and planes. Then came artillery. rocket-launchers followed…

Azerbaijan wants to “reintegrate” Nagorno-Karabakh through force

economist.com Editor’s note: On September 20th Azerbaijan and Armenian separatists in Nagorno-Karabakh agreed to a Russian-mediated ceasefire. Armenian forces in the enclave will disarm…

An interview with the head of Ukraine’s defence intelligence

economist.com T of Ukraine’s defence intelligence agency, the , is in no mood to debate his country’s ongoing counter-offensive. “Facts, not discussion” are what motivates Lieutenant…

The EU’s rotating presidency should be scrapped

economist.com T side of Europeans taking much of August off is that they are expected to put in a bit of a shift come la rentrée. The back-to-school feeling has been palpable in Brussels…

Inside Ukraine’s assassination programme

economist.com T was a month in the making. Yevhen Yunakov, the mayor of Velykyi Burluk, in the Kharkiv region, had been identified as a collaborator with the Russians. “Caucasus”, a…

Is Ukraine really interested in fighting corruption?

economist.com I of two days last weekend, Ukraine saw two big corruption stories make the news. At face value they show the government wresting back the initiative on reform. On September…

Thousands of Ukrainian men are avoiding military service

economist.com I gloom of the railway station at Chop, a border town in Ukraine, passengers queue for the train to Zahony, a 13-minute journey away in Hungary. From there one can travel to…

Business leaders worry about the rise of the AfD

economist.com “A wants to abolish the euro, rejects immigration and denies climate change is hurting Germany as a place for doing business,” warns Karl Haeusgen, boss of the , Germany’s…

Inside Ukraine’s drone war against Putin

economist.com Update: On August 30th Ukraine launched what appeared to be its most extensive drone assault on Russian territory yet, with attacks on six regions. In the western city of…

Germany is becoming expert at defeating itself

economist.com I , an animated film from 1976, one of the feats the diminutive Gaul must perform is to secure a government permit. To do so he must visit a vast office called The Place…

Ukraine’s counter-offensive is making progress, slowly

economist.com U tried various approaches in the counter-offensive it launched on June 4th, but it is starting to figure out what works. “During the past two weeks we have seen things…

How Russian prisoners of war see Putin’s invasion

economist.com A in prison for murder in Russia’s Ivanovo region, north-east of Moscow, when army recruiters came by and offered him a good salary and a record wiped clean in exchange for…

Why America struggles to make friends abroad

economist.com I the head of state of Saffronia, a midsized country which looks to America for its security. You are on your way to Washington for your first official visit, in the hope of…

America’s government isn’t shutting down just yet

economist.com I to be doing the same thing repeatedly while expecting different results. But perhaps a dose of insanity is healthy when it comes to understanding the Republicans who…

Mitt Romney is the fixed point revealing the Republicans’ slide

economist.com S in the evening of his career, with a vast family, a rich spiritual life and great wealth to fall back upon, summoned the nerve to declare what his peers muttered…

The Republican Party no longer believes America is the essential nation

economist.com E an admiration for Ronald Reagan and tax cuts, it is hard to see how the Republican Party of Donald Trump resembles the Republican Party of George W. Bush just two decades…

America’s House of Representatives finally has a speaker

economist.com A House of Representatives began its fourth week without a speaker, it seemed like nothing would ever get Republicans to unite behind a new leader. But it turns out…

The prospects for Joe Biden’s package of aid for allies

economist.com “N a good crisis go to waste” is a Machiavellian maxim even if it is sound political advice. But when Washington is paralysed by divided government, the suggestion becomes…

Paralysis in Congress makes America a dysfunctional superpower

economist.com Editor’s note (October 12th): Steve Scalise, the Republican congressman who won his party’s nomination to be speaker of America’s House of Representatives, withdrew from the…

Joe Biden should admit Republicans are (partly) right about border security

economist.com I ever a good case for a centrist third party in American presidential elections—and right now there is not—the strongest reason would be the mass migration under way in the…

The worst job in Washington is within Steve Scalise’s grasp

economist.com Editor’s note (October 12th): Steve Scalise, the Republican congressman who won his party’s nomination to be speaker of America’s House of Representatives, withdrew from the…

Hamas’s carnage upends Joe Biden’s plans for the Middle East

economist.com Editor’s note: This story has been updated to include the latest number of Americans confirmed killed and the EU’s U-turn on freezing aid to the Palestinian Authority. “T…

The post-Title-42 lull in border crossings is over

economist.com I before the end of Title 42, a pandemic rule that made it easy for America to quickly deport undocumented migrants, pundits predicted pandemonium. Newsrooms dispatched…

Kevin McCarthy’s sacking deepens the chaos in American government

economist.com K stint as speaker of America’s House of Representatives ended the way it had begun: in utterly humiliating fashion. On October 3rd members of the lower chamber of Congress…

By averting a government shutdown, Kevin McCarthy risks his job

economist.com Editor’s note: On October 3rd, the House of Representatives voted to oust Mr McCarthy as speaker following a “motion to vacate” filed by Matt Gaetz, a hardline Republican…

Biden, alone at the top table as the UN withers

economist.com C , come the gridlock to Manhattan as leaders gather for the General Assembly. This year, though, there was less grandeur to it. President Joe Biden was the only leader of…

How the Pentagon assesses Ukraine’s progress

economist.com A months of achingly slow progress, Ukraine’s counter-offensive is gaining some momentum. Near the southern village of Robotyne, Ukrainian troops have pierced the first of…

Joe Biden’s re-election bid is in trouble

economist.com T for the Republican presidential nomination is under indictment for 91 felonies in four criminal cases, and he probably is, as one of his primary opponents remarked during…

Are politicians brave enough for daredevil economics?

economist.com A , Argentina faces a stark choice in the second round of its presidential election on November 19th. Sergio Massa, the current finance minister whose government is…

What a third world war would mean for investors

economist.com E been moving towards the slaughterhouse for years, and by 1914 a conflict was all but inevitable—that, at least, is the argument often made in hindsight. Yet at the time,…

The ordinary people doing extraordinary things in Ukraine

ted.com How do we defend people's freedom and dignity against authoritarianism, when the "law of war" doesn't seem to apply anymore? In the face of the Russian occupation of…

Why uranium prices are soaring

economist.com W invaded Ukraine, panic gripped Europe’s nuclear experts—the civilian variety, that is. Ukraine, where 15 reactors relied on Russia for their uranium, rushed to sign an…

Portugal: Political turmoil hangs over Lisbon Web Summit – DW

dw.com The resignation of Portugal's prime minister and calls for a boycott have overshadowed the Lisbon Web Summit starting this week. But the tech jamboree hasn't lost its lure.…

US wants 'healthy' relations with China

dw.com The relationship between the world’s largest economies is improving but the US warned China against supporting Russia. The United States and China agreed on Friday to…

New Stablecoin Issuers Embrace On-Chain U.S. Treasuries As Collateral

thedefiant.io Verified USD and Midas tap U.S. Treasury Bills for collateralization Real-world assets continue to garner adoption in web3, with a cohort of newly-launched stablecoins…

Finance Docket: Tesla's CyberBeer, Households' Net Worth, A Bitcoin 'Whale'

dealbreaker.com Ed. note: This article first appeared in the “Opening Bell” section of the latest Finance Docket newsletter. Subscribe here to view the full newsletter, and access our…

Why lab-grown diamond sales are surging

edition.cnn.com It’s proposal season, and engagements are on the rise. So are factory-made diamond sales. Not that you’d know the difference. Man-made diamonds look the same as naturally…

Lula in Berlin for first Brazil-Germany talks in eight years

reuters.com Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a meeting on installation of the G20 National Commission, with his ministers, president of the Central Bank and…

Belarus President Lukashenko to visit China from Sunday - BelTA

reuters.com Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko delivers a national statement at the World Climate Action Summit during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP28) in…

Russia attacks Ukraine with 12 drones, cruise missile - Ukraine air ..

reuters.com Russia launched 12 drones and a cruise missile at Ukraine overnight, with Ukraine's air defence systems destroying 10 drones before they reached their targets, Ukraine's air…

Dead or Alive? The Hunt for a Ukrainian Soldier Missing on a Chaotic Battlefield

wsj.com KUPYANSK, Ukraine—For 48 hours in muddy trenches near this northeastern city, the Ukrainian troops had fought off waves of Russian infantry emerging from the tall grass,…

JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon Warns of Higher Interest Rates and Recession

news.bitcoin.com JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon has warned that something bad may happen in the U.S. economy. “I’m not trying to scare people. I’m more in the category that something could…

Russians ease attacks in eastern Ukraine, Kyiv still may hold Maryinka

reuters.com A drone view shows the remains of Maryinka city that was destroyed by the Russians, as Russia's attack on Ukraine continues, in Maryinka, Donetsk Region, Ukraine May 12,…

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