China’s new richest person is a bottled water tycoon

The richest person is China is a bottled water tycoon, knocking Alibaba founder Jack Ma from his mantle. Zhong Shanshan founded Nongfu Spring in 1996 in the Zhejiang province on China’s Eastern coast. The Bloomberg Billionaires Index now puts Mr Shanshan in top spot with wealth of $58.7bn (£46.2bn). The recent stock market listing of […]

What is the UK’s inflation rate?

Inflation affects everything from mortgages to the cost of our shopping and the price of train tickets. The latest UK inflation figures we have, for August, show a big fall to 0.2%. But what exactly is inflation and what impact does it have? What is inflation? Inflation is the rate at which the prices for […]

Yum China’s HK listing is the latest ‘homecoming’

Yum China, which runs KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants, listed its shares on the Hong Kong stock exchange on Thursday amid growing tensions with the US. The fast good giant is also listed in the US where Chinese companies are coming under increased scrutiny. It is the latest so-called homecoming as China-based firms shift their […]

What is gravel biking and why is it so popular in Colorado?

Five years ago, Brad James went for one last ride, then sold his road bike. He’s never looked back. These days, you’ll find him exclusively riding his gravel bike on the unpaved dirt roads throughout Boulder County. For 50-year-old James — and many other Colorado cyclists — gravel riding is now king. Instead of riding […]

Brexit: What is a level playing field?

“Without a level playing field on environment, labour, taxation and state aid, you cannot have the highest quality access to the world’s largest single market.” In a speech in London in January, shortly before the United Kingdom formally left the European Union, the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen set the tone for months […]

Is China gaining an edge in artificial intelligence?

“China is betting on AI and investing in AI and deploying AI on a scale no other country is doing,” says Abishur Prakash, a futurist and author of books about the effect of artificial intelligence (AI) on geopolitics. As developments in AI accelerate, some in the US fear that the ability of China’s powerful central […]

The son who is Trumpier than Trump

On the first night of the Republican National Convention, the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, will take centre stage and command the nation’s attention. No one knows yet what he will say, but we can expect fireworks. A fierce advocate for his father’s platform, his supporters say he can electrify a room while his […]

Mali’s coup is cheered at home but upsets neighbours

Crowds rejoiced after a group of colonels seized power in Mali, a vast country stretching into the Sahara, where troops – including French soldiers and UN peacekeepers – are fighting jihadist groups, but not everyone is happy, writes West Africa analyst Paul Melly. Negotiations are rumoured to be under way for the exile of Ibrahim […]

Netanyahu says UAE deal did not change Israeli policy on U.S. arms sales

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel has not softened its opposition to any U.S. arms sales to the United Arab Emirates that could diminish its military superiority as part of the U.S.-brokered normalisation of their ties, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Tuesday. The statement followed a report in Israel’s Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper that the Trump […]

How many Covid-19 deaths is India missing?

India has registered more than 50,000 Covid-19 deaths, overtaking the UK to become the fourth-worst-affected country for fatalities. But the number of deaths per million people stands at 34 – far lower than what has been reported in Europe or North America. The case fatality rate or CFR, which measures deaths among Covid-19 patients, is […]