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The story of cities, part 1: how Alexandria laid foundations for the modern world
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In the first in a 50-part series charting the history of the planet’s urbanisation, Jack Shenker explores the ancient metropolis of Alexandria, which set a powerful precedent for future cities all over the world The secret to Alexandria, if classical historians are to be believed, lies in a golden casket. Studded with jewels and small […]

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Activists call on world leaders to make gender equality pledge a reality
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UN Commission on the Status of Women seeks firm commitments on funding and implementation of empowerment goal included in 2030 agenda World leaders must back up their pledge to end gender inequality with concrete commitments on how they plan to empower women, said activists preparing for the UN Commission on the Status of Women. The […]

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Occupy Buenos Aires: the workers' movement that transformed a city, and inspired the world
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The Argentinian capital’s many cooperatives showed that Occupy movements were not simply a response to economic crisis – they could be sustainable business models, too. So why are they now under threat? The Hotel Bauen in downtown Buenos Aires looks like its best days are behind it. The art deco interior is crumbling, three of […]

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Saudi Arabia launches austerity drive to cut public spending
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Government ran budget deficit of nearly $100bn in 2015 and is seeking ways to plug gap left by low price of oil exports Saudi Arabia’s government, its finances strained by low oil prices, is ordering ministries to cut their spending on contracts by at least 5%, a document seen by Reuters shows. The austerity drive […]

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Snooper's charter would set bad example to the world, says SNP
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Joanna Cherry says her party will vote against investigatory powers bill as Lib Dems attack Labour’s decision to abstain The Scottish National party has questioned the legality of the so-called snooper’s charter bill – warning that it will not support the legislation in its current form, the Guardian can reveal. Joanna Cherry, the party’s justice […]

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Stop ripping off the young. It's time for older people to pay their fair share
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Sympathetic words are not enough: a major tax pivot is required to unleash the potential of Generation Y There’s a silver lining for the younger generation struggling to find a decent job, affordable home and a sense of security: many of the world’s most respected policy advisers understand their plight. The International Monetary Fund, the […]

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German elections: AfD's remarkable gains don't tell the whole story
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Result is strongest showing for populist party since second world war, but not a rejection of Angela Merkel’s refugee policy The results for German anti-refugee party Alternative für Deutschland in Sunday’s regional elections are remarkable: it won 15% of the vote in Baden-Württemberg, 12.5% in Rhineland-Palatinate and more than 24% in the east German state […]

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VW investors file multi-billion dollar suit in Germany
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Almost 300 investors from across the world claim the carmaker failed to keep the markets informed about the emissions scandal Almost 300 institutional investors in Volkswagen have filed a multi-billion dollar suit against the carmaker for what they claim were breaches of its stock market duty in the emissions cheating scandal. The lawsuit, for damages […]

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