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We are only beginning to grasp how much IS looted from Syria. And it’s a lot

During IS’s seemingly unstoppable rise, looted artefacts were said to be a significant source of income for the group.
Slices of cheese on display

Why cheese may help control your blood sugar

A growing body of evidence suggests that people who eat lots of cheese do not have a higher risk of cardiovascular diseases.
Human evolution gallery at Indian Museum in Kolkata

We must stop human evolution right now. It’s our moral obligation

We remain at the mercy of natural selection, the least moral way for a species to develop.

White nationalists want America to be white again, but here’s why it won’t happen

The white share of the US population has been dropping, from a little under 90 per cent in 1950 to 60 per cent in 2018.
Sales fell sharply after November 2016, jewellery traders say struggling to pay workers who haven’t been sacked.

Making fake jewels isn’t a new thing. It happened 43,000 years ago too

Manufacturing imitation beads became a widespread practice, with rare or exotic jewellery items copied in shape and colour in various prehistoric cultures.
The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) logo is displayed on a gate at the central bank's headquarters in Mumbai, India

Why political meddling with central banks, like in India, is a terrible idea

Undoing the consequences of political meddling and restoring faith in a central bank – and the country’s currency – often requires a lot of short-term pain.
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From Sri Lanka to Kashmir, shutting down social media actually fuels more violence

India has become the world’s most prolific executor of deliberate internet blackouts over the last several years, but that has not curbed violence.
A shopper looks at sunglasses at a roadside stall in Mumbai, India.

Your decision to buy Gucci, Rolex, Ray-Ban & other knockoffs helps pay for organised crime

Counterfeiting is not an issue of who is losing money. It’s about who is getting the money: criminals.

How Jacinda Ardern’s response to terrorism reveals what macho leaders like Donald Trump lack

New Zealand PM's 'feminine' response to terrorism has been universally praised and her approval ratings are highest since she took office.

Will Netflix eventually monetize its user data?

Netflix logs everything you have ever watched and how you watch – every time you pause, what programmes you consider watching but choose not to.

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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.

Defence

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RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.