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Why Scotland’s Road to an Independence Vote Is Rocky
Scottish independence is back on the agenda just seven years after a referendum that saw it defeated by 55% to 45%. It’s been revived by the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union in 2016 and its acrimonious departure in 2020. While England favored pulling out, Scotland voted overwhelmingly to stay, and independence could open the door to readmission. Beyond Brexit, Scotland has its own distinctive culture and a nationalist tradition that has flourished despite the 1707 Act of Union between the
Families reunite in pandemic and rethink what home means
It’s not where to live, Americans are saying, but who to live near.
What It Would Mean for Big Pharma if Vaccine IP Rights Are Waived
A proposal at the World Trade Organization to lift intellectual property protections for makers of Covid-19 vaccines got an unexpected boost when the U.S. announced May 5 that it supported the idea. It was a dramatic change of long-standing policy by the U.S., home to some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Supporters of the waiver say it will speed production of vaccines and help poor nations left behind in the global vaccination effort catch up. Vaccine makers and other critics o
China’s Overwatch League teams set to end boycott of South Korean player who criticized ‘One China’ policy
The league issued a statement Thursday, seeking to resolve the issue.
5 things to know about Trump’s Facebook ban
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Why Big Tech Wants (Some) Facial Recognition Rules
The world’s biggest technology companies can usually be counted on to oppose rules reining in new products, but some are making an exception for facial recognition software. The European Union and cities and states across the U.S. are taking up a wide range of ideas for restrictions or outright bans on this branch of the rapidly expanding field of artificial intelligence, including many that go further than the tech companies want. One question is whether regulation can protect innovation while
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Facebook’s Oversight Board decides who stays and goes. Here’s what you should know.
The board will decide if former president Donald Trump is allowed on Facebook, a test case of social media companies' power to moderate inflammatory speech.
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Apple’s AirTag trackers made it frighteningly easy to ‘stalk’ me in a test
Apple knows its tiny new lost-item tracker could empower domestic abuse but doesn’t do enough to stop it.
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Elon Musk’s SpaceX lands Starship spacecraft for the first time
The flight comes after NASA awarded SpaceX a $2.9 billion contract to develop Starship to land astronauts on the moon.
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Why Taiwan Is the Biggest Risk for a U.S.-China Clash
From Cold War skirmishes to China’s economic opening, both sides have avoided war by leaving unsettled the question of who actually owns the island. 
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How Vaccine Nationalism Risks Prolonging the Pandemic
While early arrangements to secure supplies of Covid-19 vaccines are paying off for the likes of Israel, Britain and the U.S., and the European Union’s roll-out is accelerating after a sluggish start, much of the world is still waiting for anything beyond a trickle of the life-saving doses. Public health specialists warn that uneven access to the vaccines is likely to prolong the pandemic, bringing more suffering and economic pain in a way that exacerbates global inequality.
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