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The buzz fades

Don Farrall · Getty Honeybees, Apis mellifera, native to Europe, the Middle East and Africa, have been domesticated around the world, but since the 1980s their mortality has increased rapidly in most temperate regions (Europe, Japan, North and South America). Jean-Pierre Rogel writes, of Canada: ‘The current losses of around …

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Fabricating a war on Iran

US Secretary of State Colin Powell brandished a vial he claimed contained anthrax at the UN Security Council on 5 February 2003, and showed satellite photos of secret sites where chemical weapons were supposed to be manufactured. He later admitted the story was fabricated, but not before it had served …

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Food's Disneyland

Creativaimage · Getty FICO Eataly World, which the media calls a ‘Disneyland of gastronomy’ or ‘agrifood theme park’, occupies a 10-hectare site ringed with fences and CCTV in a business park on the outskirts of the northern Italian city of Bologna. It has eight hectares under cover and two in …

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Germany alone within the EU

‘The Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog’, Caspar David Friedrich, 1818 Bridgeman If there’s one thing in Germany more resistant to change than the cult of a strong currency and a love of well-balanced accounts, it’s a foreign policy founded on the European project and strong ties with the US. …

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Jerusalem, whose city?

Israeli and US flags fly defiantly on the roof of a settlement in East Jerusalem in December 2017 Ahmad Gharabli · AFP · Getty The US Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act by a large majority on 24 October 1995, providing for the transfer of the US embassy in Israel …

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Shop closing hours

Those were the days: Christmas shopping in Milan in 1958 Keystone France · Gamma-Keystone · Getty The newspaper kiosk in Cesano Boscone is for rent. In a forlorn attempt to rise above the bleak surroundings, red ‘Rent me!’ signs have been stuck to its shutters. In 2014 Cesano Boscone became …

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Home-grown jihadists

Tributes to a victim killed close by this bench on the Promenade des Anglais, Nice, in July 2016 David Ramos · Getty There has been heated discussion for years about jihadists born or raised in the West – in France, especially since the 2015 Paris attacks. Every new attack in …

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Trickster, con man or artist?

‘Head’, Jimmie Durham, 2006, Fondazione Morra Greco, Naples, Italy Kurimanzutto, Mexico City The words ‘American Indian’ and ‘museum’ conjure up images of arrowheads, masks and feathered headgear: anthropology with wildlife accents. You might not envision a plastic road-safety sawhorse topped by a dog skull with a seashell ear. Over the …

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The ANG brigades

Establishing links between past and present is a priority for the Arab Nationalist Guard (ANG), so the names it has given to its four brigades have symbolic value. The Jules Jammal brigade is named after a Syrian officer who sank a French ship during the Suez crisis in 1956, in …

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