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The pandemic made the world realise the importance of human contact
Touch is the only sense crucial to humans’ survival
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SPACS v IPOs
The Spactacular boom on Wall Street
Are SPACs a useful innovation, a mania, or both?
From banker to prime minister
Mario Draghi gives Italy another chance
His appointment as prime minister is good for the country and for Europe
How will John Kerry fare as Joe Biden’s climate envoy?
The former secretary of state is a good pick for what may prove to be a chastening task
Week in charts
America and the climate
Spawning SPACs • China’s slow vaccine roll-out • Another Italian government • France’s forever war
She was trafficked into a giant brothel. Now she runs it
Meet the madam of Bangladesh’s oldest brothel
Winter is coming
China’s campaign against film piracy is upsetting Hollywood fans
The end is nigh for online “translation groups” that make bootleg Western films accessible to millions
Checks and Balance
The switch—how can America decarbonise?
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