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Britain starts to accept passport photos taken on mobile phones

DESPITE what doting parents claim, babies are mostly generic-looking. It sometimes takes Gulliver an embarrassing length of time to pick out his own child in old baby-group photos....

Machine-learning promises to shake up large swathes of finance

MACHINE-LEARNING is beginning to shake up finance. A subset of artificial intelligence (AI) that excels at finding patterns and making predictions, it used to be the preserve of...

Russian oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov falls from grace, again

HE WAS back in favour, or so it appeared. After spending several months under house arrest in late 2014, Vladimir Yevtushenkov, a Russian oligarch, relinquished control of Bashneft,...

A bullish case for copper

DURING the commodity “supercycle”, prices largely marched up and down in unison, fuelled by the strength (or weakness) of demand in China. Since last year commodities have again...

Rupert Murdoch’s bid for Sky hits more obstacles

RUPERT MURDOCH’S penchant for mass-market media has made him billions of dollars. It also gets in the way of empire-building. In 2011 News Corp’s bid to take full...

India floats the idea of a universal basic income

Basic needsNOVEMBER 8th was not just the day of Donald Trump’s election. It was also when Indians found out most banknotes would lose all value unless promptly exchanged....

China’s currency upsets forecasts by beginning the new year stronger

THE omens for the Chinese yuan seemed bad heading into 2017. The capital account looked as porous as ever, making a mockery of the...

India's Patanjali takes on Western consumer-goods firms

EXECUTIVES at firms selling consumer staples like to think of themselves as “marketing gurus”. But how many could actually contort themselves into the lotus position, let alone attempt...

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Third-quarter GDP showed the Chinese economy grew 6.8 percent compared to a year ago, meeting analyst expectations. That was a touch softer than...

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Until recently, Kenya’s Diani Beach was a well-kept secret for a...