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Can tax cuts boost Britain’s lacklustre economy?

Conservative leadership hopefuls are one-upping each other with promises to slash taxes

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Which countries are driving the world’s population growth?

The UN expects the global population to reach 8bn in November, and to surpass 10bn this century

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What is India’s anti-defection law?

Critics argue the rule, intended to stop politicians jumping parties, hurts the country’s democracy

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How does Britain’s Conservative Party choose a new leader?

Members will have the final say on Boris Johnson’s successor, the next prime minister

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Why are cluster munitions so dangerous?

Despite efforts to ban them, the weapons are being used in Ukraine

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Why is Georgia struggling to join the EU?

Its economy is improving but its politics remain a problem

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How war in Ukraine is changing the Arctic

Co-operation with Russia has collapsed—and China is ascendant

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Why hasn’t the British economy grown faster?

A long-term productivity shortfall has held it back

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Why Britain is extending controversial tariffs on steel

The government admits the measures break international trade rules

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Why the lights are going out again in South Africa

The state power monopoly is beset by problems

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How consumer drones are changing warfare

Both Russia and Ukraine are using cheap quadcopters to track the enemy

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What is the PKK?

And why Turkey and Europe cannot agree on the answer