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In the UK, state pension age is increasing from 65 to 66 this year and will reach 67 in 2028 | Representational image | Pexels

Retirement age in UK increasing, but most people only work 10 years in good health after 50

As life expectancy rises, so does retirement age. And retiring is getting more expensive around the world.
Somali National Army soldiers walk towards Qoryooley, Somalia | Representational Image | Wiki Commons

The African Union has failed to ‘silence the guns’

The African Union pledged in the Lusaka Road Map to end armed conflict by 2020. But it has only increased.
Representational image| Marabous and vultures over a dead elephant in Savuti, Botswana | Wikimedia Commons

Hundreds of elephants found dead in Botswana, but there is no clear cause of death

The Botswana death toll stands at nearly 400 elephants of both sexes and all ages. Most carcasses have been found near waterbodies.
A European Union (EU) border sign on a road on Germany's border with Austria | Photo: Michaela Handrek-Rehle | Bloomberg

New studies show novel coronavirus could have been in Europe as early as March 2019

Wastewater is a key to understanding coronavirus outbreaks in a region as the virus is found in faeces.
pig market china

Don’t panic, this is what we know so far about new H1N1 strain with ‘pandemic potential’

In plain English, China has discovered a new flu that’s a mix of human H1N1 flu and avian-based flu. But there is no evidence of human transmission as yet.

We built a map on how coronavirus use human cells to spread. It is very similar to cancer

For years, researchers suspected that kinases – biological control switches that viruses use to take over cells – could be targeted to fight infections. Now we are decoding how.
The novel coronavirus

No ‘second wave’ of Covid-19 in the US. The first never really ended

The coronavirus is simply spreading into new populations in the US or resurging in places that let down their guard too soon.

Remdesivir to HCQ: What works against Covid-19, and what doesn’t

A physician and scientist writes about the drugs and treatments that have worked against the coronavirus, and busts some myths.
Buzz Aldrin

Four ways astronauts can teach you to fix your work-from-home posture

Common poor desk posture is actually similar to the posture astronauts adopt during spaceflight in zero-gravity. Keeping the spine in shape is key.
File photo of Donald Trump at a rally | Bloomberg

Coronavirus responses show how humans are hardwired to dismiss facts that don’t fit worldview

Americans increasingly exist in highly polarised, insulated ideological communities, occupying their own information universes.

On Camera

File photo | An employee inspects a godown of Food Corporation of India (FCI) where rice bags are being stored during a nationwide lockdown, in Srinagar | PTI

FCI has highest rice, wheat stock since 2005. Modi govt continuing legacy of bad economics

It is clear from the rising stock of rice and wheat that the government has been buying more from farmers than what it requires during a pandemic.
Representational image | Picpedia

Modi govt drops plan to merge 3 state-owned general insurance companies

Decision to merge the 3 companies — National Insurance Co Ltd, United India Insurance Co Ltd, and Oriental Insurance Co Ltd — ahead of their proposed listing was announced in 2018 budget.

Defence

A file photo of Pangong Lake in Ladakh | Visharad Saxena | Special arrangement

There’s ‘thinning down’ of Chinese troops at Finger 4 at Pangong lake, but no pullback yet

India-China disengagement at Pangong lake will be a focus area in the next round of military talks at the corps commander level. 
Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) men in Maharashtra | ANI

Read my lips, forget the camera

Say Central forces' angry soldiers. They need reform, committed leaders. And very sensitive handling.