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Why different places experience heatwaves at the same time

Also: America’s dreadful maternal mortality rate looks set to rise further

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July 19th 2022
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Mortal danger for mothers

America’s already-dreadful maternal mortality rate looks set to rise

After Roe, abortion bans will take their toll


Read more: The Supreme Court’s rejection of Roe will hurt the poorest most

The Economist explains

The increase in simultaneous heatwaves

Climate change is to blame, though the exact mechanism is unclear

Test after test

A new subvariant is the latest challenge to China’s zero-covid policy

Omicron BA.5 has several cities on edge

Companies and stagflation

How to manage a balance-sheet in troubled times

The juggling act involving capital structure, returns and investments gets trickier

Striking back at the empire

Why a regiment of Belarusian dissidents is fighting for Ukraine

They see a common enemy in Vladimir Putin

Back Story

The writer of “The Crown” takes on Putin and the oligarchs

In “Patriots”, Peter Morgan brings the drama of Boris Berezovsky’s fall to the stage

The Economist explains

Why is Sri Lanka in turmoil?

External shocks and official incompetence are to blame

1843 magazine

Stage fright: a play about a school shooting becomes too real

At a high school in New York City, life imitates art imitates life

By Invitation

Somalia’s president wants help to fight Africa’s terrorist groups

Hassan Sheikh Mohamud says jihadism is un-Islamic and impossible to justify

That music used to make me smile

Though released a long, long time ago, “American Pie” endures

A documentary and concert tour celebrate Don McLean’s folk-rock song of 1971

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