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League-M5S government in Italy: Empty-handed

After 88 days of negotiations and after agreeing on a “government contract” based on massive public spending raise and tax cuts, the far-right League and the populist 5 Stars movement have designated Giuseppe Conte as prime minister for the second…
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EU-Poland: Inept Commission reaps the fruits of its passivity

The EU’s passivity in the face of methodical dismantling of the rule of law by the Polish government is a failure of European integration and paves the way for the radical right, says academic Paweł Marcisz Paweł Marcisz On the…
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EU Commission aims move to reduce governments’ veto powers

The European Commission will propose measures that could reduce EU small states’ veto powers, a document showed – a move meant to overcome resistance to tax reforms as the bloc aims to increase levies on digital multinationals. EU rules demand…
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Amid Stunning Recovery, Macau Casinos Still Have Room To Grow

Melco Resorts’ US$1 billion Morpheus hotel, designed by the late Zaha Hadid and scheduled to open on June 15, is one of several factors that suggest continuing growth for Macau. (Photo credit: Billy H.C. Kwok/Bloomberg) Less than two years ago,…
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Monsanto lobbyists remain banned from EU parliament

Lobbyists for Monsanto remain barred from the European parliament after the US agrochemical giant refused to attend a public hearing about allegations it unduly influenced research into the safety of glyphosate, used in its RoundUp weedkiller. It was the first…
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EU reissues ultimatum on hate speech

The European Union reissued an ultimatum to social media companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, to remove hate speech from their platforms. The European Commission, the agency which implements the EU’s decisions, has issued guidelines for the companies to speed…
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Ten months to Brexit: All up in the Air

Time-consuming negotiations with the European Union and deep divisions within the two leading parties are hampering Britain’s day-to-day politics. Andreas Busch Since last summer, British Government delegates have been negotiating with European Union officials in Brussels to navigate the Britain’s…
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Can “effective altruism” maximise the bang for each charitable buck?

DONORS to charities rarely make the sort of cost-benefit calculations investors, for example, would think obligatory. So charities attract donations with pictures of smiling gap-toothed children, rather than spreadsheets showing how they actually spend their money. Tugging at the heartstrings,…
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Study Finds No Race or Gender Bias in Grant Peer Review

ISTOCK, JACOBLUNDA study that asked experts to review real grant proposals in which the investigator’s name had been changed has found no meaningful difference in rankings based on race or gender, according to a preprint published May 25. The findings…
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Morimura, Japan’s Most Astonishing Art Chameleon, Is Coming to New York With a Major Debut Show

Yasumasa Morimura may not be an actor, but he knows his way around a costume. The Japanese artist has spent the last 30 years shooting self-portraits dressed as a wide range of historical figures, boldly appropriating Western culture to challenge…
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Reel Art: Hauser & Wirth Taps Artists to Pick Their Favorite Flicks for a Summer Rooftop Film Series

For the second year running, Hauser & Wirth will host an outdoor cinema, screening five films over the course of the summer as part of its annual rooftop screening series. This year, the gallery has turned to five of its…
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New Liquid Biopsy Detects Cancer at Earlier Stages Than Currently Possible

WIKIMEDIA, ANTHONY ZANE A new liquid biopsy test could detect cancer years before symptoms are apparent, according to research presented today (June 1) at the American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO) meeting in Chicago. The test—a noninvasive blood draw followed…
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Long in the Shadows, ‘Lord of the Rings’ Author JRR Tolkien’s Fantastical Artworks Are Now Being Shown for the First Time

Middle-earth lovers, rejoice! JRR Tolkien didn’t just invent the magical world of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, turns out he illustrated it too. Now, the famed author’s never-before-seen artworks are among the over-200 objects included in a…
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Brexit negotiations: No cure, no pay?

UK Brexit Minister David Davis has said that Britain will not pay £40 billion (€45.17 billion) to the European Union as it leaves the bloc. According to a Brussels source, Britain was prepared to pay such an amount, however, Davis…
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New Study Contradicts Previous Idea About Origins of South Americans

WIKIMEDIA COMMONSThe arrival and migration of human populations across the Americas is more complicated than previous research has suggested. Published today (May 31) in Science, a study proposes that the earliest settlers in the Americas diverged and united multiple times…
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In Pompeii, Archaeologists Discover the Skeleton of a Man Who Escaped the Deadly Ash—Only to Be Crushed by a Giant Rock

Almost 2,000 years after its destruction, the ancient city of Pompeii is still yielding new discoveries. Archaeologists at the historic site have uncovered a new skeleton of a man who was fleeing the city ahead of the eruption of Mount…
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Jon Stewart, Michael Arad, and Others Talk About the Meaning of the Newly Unveiled Design for the 9/11 Memorial Glade

The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has unveiled plans for a new on-site memorial dedicated to those rescue and workers who have suffered health problems or died after being exposed to toxic chemicals from the World Trade Center. “As…
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Researchers Identify Biomarkers for Obesity Risk in Women

ISTOCK, STOCKVISUALAn impaired ability to break down fats is associated with later weight gain and metabolic disorders in women, according to a study published today (May 31) in Cell Metabolism. Researchers at the Karolinska Institute found that low levels of…
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