Power, equality, nationalism: how the pandemic will reshape the world

Balance of power After early blunders, China’s government is working hard to turn Covid-19, first detected in Wuhan in November, into a national success story. It claims draconian measures to suppress the disease have largely worked. Now, by offering assistance to Italy and other badly affected countries, China is reinforcing its credentials as a global […]

Artists use street murals to change image of violent Caracas slum

“This is not something done by a mayor or a governor but by people here in the neighborhood,” said community leader Katiuska Camargo, 41, shortly before asking a neighbor to lend her a broom so she could sweep up trash strewn on the ground.

Lockdowns around the world bring rise in domestic violence

The Catalan regional government said that calls to its helpline had risen by 20% in the first few days of the confinement period; in Cyprus, calls to a similar hotline rose 30% in the week after 9 March, when the island had its first confirmed case of coronavirus.

World Health Organization under the microscope: what went wrong with coronavirus?

The role of its leader, Ethiopian national Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus – who was tapped for the top job in 2017 by member states and appointed to a five-year term – is now also coming into focus. Some are questioning whether he buttered up to governments like China in return for massive donations to the organization. […]

One nation, under coronavirus: How two weeks changed America

The disease is still spreading, with thousands of new cases and deaths despite the efforts to “flatten the curve.” The toll of social distancing can be measured in millions of new jobless claims, a $2 trillion stimulus bill, and a modest bump to Trump’s approval ratings.

How to see the world when you’re stuck at home

What I find particularly seductive about Google Street View is that it purports to be an objective document of our world. It is simply the product of a driver (or hiker) going down a street taking pictures. But, of course, it is far from an objective document. Humans get in the way, as they always […]

Coronavirus in sport: TCS World 10K Bengaluru run postponed

“With the COVID-19 pandemic impacting millions of lives world over, and the rapidly changing scenario, it was imperative to take this necessary action for the safety of all stakeholders world over,” race promoters Procam International said in a press release.

We’ve made a mountain of changes, says IAAF chief Sebastian Coe

The country was re-admitted to the Olympic fold last year, but the IAAF continues to ban Russian athletes from competing in their national colours. “I see the first four years as being a process of change, time for change, and we needed to do that,” said Coe.

World Athletics Championships Doha 2019: Coe confirms German media’s Kenya doping claims

“I know the AIU (Athletics Integrity Unit) is following up on some accusations that have been made in the German media. I’m sure they (AIU) will report back as soon as they’ve established the facts to the IAAF,” Coe was quoted as saying by AFP news agency.

PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Why George Michael made me change my own will

Westminster Wars My biggest worry if Boris becomes PM is how he’ll cope with the pay cut. Since he resigned from Cabinet last July, he’s made £700,000 for his speeches and scribblings and is now embroiled in a very costly divorce. How on earth will he manage on a £153,907 salary, even if the houses […]