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South African democracy survives Zuma presidency

South African democracy survives Zuma presidency

Jacob Zuma stepped down as president of South Africa last week, leaving a nation weakened by his nine years of rule yet in the hands of the same political party – the African National Congress – that has won every election since universal suffrage began in 1994.

A new version of global co-operation

A new version of global co-operation

After decades of serving as the backbone of a rules-based global order, the United States, under President Donald Trump, is touting an “America First” agenda that extols narrow economic nationalism and distrust of international institutions and agreements.

Olympics a reminder of high stakes in  Korean Peninsula

Olympics a reminder of high stakes in Korean Peninsula

One triumph at the Winter Olympics that’s worth celebrating is South Korea’s success convincing the United States to engage in talks with North Korea.

Africa’s manmade water crisis

Africa’s manmade water crisis

About a decade ago, at a meeting of South African mayors convened by Lindiwe Hendricks, South Africa’s then-minister of water and environmental affairs, we predicted that an unprecedented water crisis would hit one of the country’s main cities within 15 years,

Classroom desk replaced by IKEA couches

Classroom desk replaced by IKEA couches

Anderson Elementary School teacher Alexandria Gladstone-Lamas wants her classroom to be more like a Google office.

Shale oil resurgence weighs on Opec bid to re-balance market

Shale oil resurgence weighs on Opec bid to re-balance market

Oil is rebounding from its recent biggest weekly decline in two years, but gains are limited due to concerns over a resurgence in US shale production.

Why America needs a consoler-in-chief

Why America needs a consoler-in-chief

It used to be an American ritual, like the State of the Union address only grimmer and far more frequent. Shots would ring out: at a movie theatre, a nightclub, a church, a school, a school, a school. Bodies would be counted.

The eurozone island of stability

The eurozone island of stability

Market volatility has surged lately, apparently vindicating those who have warned of lofty equity valuations.

Live issues

Live issues

A few hours a week of light exercise — walking the dog, puttering about in the garden — lower the risk of death in older men, even if workouts are brief, researchers said yesterday.

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