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Apple claims ‘half a trillion dollars’ App Store economy

Apple claims ‘half a trillion dollars’ App Store economy

Apple has said that its App Store ecosystem "facilitated half a trillion dollars" of trade in 2019.The firm said more than 85% of that figure occurred via transactions from which it did not take a commission.The announcement comes at a time Apple and other US tech giants are facing increased anti-competition scrutiny.A leading developer has…
Rethink: Pope Francis warns poor have become part of landscape

Rethink: Pope Francis warns poor have become part of landscape

Image copyright Reuters Pope Francis says that the coronavirus pandemic has shown how much the poor are disconnected from society. Poverty is often hidden away, he says, but trying to help others can help us rediscover ourselves. This coronavirus crisis is affecting us all, rich and poor alike, and putting a spotlight on hypocrisy. I…
US to withdraw visas for foreign students if classes moved fully online

US to withdraw visas for foreign students if classes moved fully...

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Students could face deportation if they do not comply with the rules Foreign students will not be allowed to stay in the US this autumn if their universities have moved classes fully online, unless they switch to a course with in-person tuition.The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said…
UK economy: ‘We are battered, bruised, but wiser after lockdown’

UK economy: ‘We are battered, bruised, but wiser after lockdown’

Image copyright Lorne Campbell Businessman Nick Garthwaite sums up trading during the last few months thus: "We took an absolute pasting. May was the bottom, the pits." It's a view that must be felt at the thousands of firms surveyed for the latest British Chamber of Commerce's Quarterly Economic Survey, published on Wednesday. Eleven of…
Coronavirus-hit Arizona reverses course on reopening

Coronavirus-hit Arizona reverses course on reopening

Image copyright Reuters Image caption Arizona set a single-day record for new coronavirus cases on Sunday at 3,858 Arizona has abruptly reversed course on reopening its economy as coronavirus cases spike there and across the US.The state's governor has ordered the closure of bars, nightclubs, gyms, cinemas and water parks.Florida and Texas have also performed…
Coronavirus: Elite universities sue over US visa ruling

Coronavirus: Elite universities sue over US visa ruling

Image copyright EPA Image caption A socially-distanced celebration of law-school graduation at Harvard in May Two elite US universities are suing immigration services over a decision to withdraw visas from foreign students whose courses move fully online.Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed the lawsuit against Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).Harvard…
Rethink: Tara Westover says ‘We are one people and are all needed’

Rethink: Tara Westover says ‘We are one people and are all...

Author Tara Westover reflects that she has taken more notice of other people since the pandemic struck - especially key workers. She wants people to come together as one and not be divided by class, education or profession. In the early days of this pandemic, we were told that Covid-19 would be the "great equaliser"…
Can India afford to boycott Chinese products?

Can India afford to boycott Chinese products?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Indians have taken to the streets to protest against China Anti-China sentiment has been on the rise in India since last week’s fatal border clash between the two nuclear-armed neighbours. Twenty Indian soldiers were killed in fighting at a disputed border site in the Himalayan Galwan Valley, prompting a…
Coronavirus Spain: Catalonia locks down area of 210,000 people

Coronavirus Spain: Catalonia locks down area of 210,000 people

Image copyright EPA Image caption A field hospital has been erected in Lleida The government in Spain's Catalonia region has re-imposed coronavirus controls on an area of 210,000 people after a sharp rise in infections.President Quim Torra said no-one would be allowed to enter or leave Segrià, an agricultural area west of Barcelona which includes…
Coronavirus: Spain imposes local lockdown in Galicia

Coronavirus: Spain imposes local lockdown in Galicia

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Social distancing is de rigueur at events across Galicia, as in the rest of Spain Officials in Spain's north-western region of Galicia have re-imposed restrictions on an area of 70,000 people following a Covid-19 outbreak. Only those travelling for work will be allowed to leave or enter the coastal…

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