Coronavirus: How can we make post-pandemic cities smarter?

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The so-called anthropause has given us time to think again about what we want from our cities Streets have been eerily quiet in recent months as coronavirus lockdowns imposed by governments around the world hit the pause button on normal life.And while many people have missed the shops and…

Huawei: Why the UK might hang up on 5G and broadband kit supplier

Image copyright Getty Images These are tense times for Huawei and the UK’s telecoms providers.The prime minister will shortly review use of the Chinese company’s equipment, with MPs set to be informed of his decision on Tuesday.It seems likely that Boris Johnson will set a deadline by which time the firm should stop being involved…

Week in pictures: 4-10 July 2020

A selection of powerful news photographs taken around the world this week. Image copyright Ulet Ifansasti / Getty Images Image caption Villagers use nets to catch offerings thrown by Tenggerese worshippers during the Yadnya Kasada Festival at the crater of Mount Bromo in Probolinggo, East Java, Indonesia. As part of the festival, offerings of rice,…

Breast cancer: Zimbabwe woman’s struggle to avoid mastectomy

Image copyright Tendayi Gwata A 44-year-old woman in Zimbabwe, Tendayi Gwata, is battling to avoid a mastectomy after her breast cancer treatment abruptly ended when the only radiotherapy machine in the capital, Harare, stopped working. Ms Gwata, a marketing consultant, had already lost all her hair during chemotherapy. Then she was told that because the…

Coronavirus: Why politics means success or failure in South America

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Despite political divisions and an economic crisis Argentina has kept cases comparatively low South America is the new epicentre of the global coronavirus pandemic, but the region’s leaders have responded to the crisis very differently. A great deal has been said about poverty in this part of the world,…

COVID-19 Is Changing Many Things — But Not Apartment Rents

Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images We’re committed to keeping our readers informed. We’ve removed our paywall from essential coronavirus news stories. Become a subscriber to support our journalists. Subscribe now. You may have heard that apartment rents in expensive cities like New York have fallen significantly during the COVID crisis. Earlier in the pandemic, there were some puzzling…

Disney World Is Reopening. Some Workers Are Worried.

Photo: TNS via Getty Images Adults with age-inappropriate Disney fixations, rejoice: The brand’s flagship resort in Orlando, Florida, is reopening today. Despite a massive local surge in COVID-19 cases, Walt Disney World will begin what CNN calls a “phased reopening,” beginning with its Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom attractions. EPCOT and Hollywood Studios will follow…

When (and How) Sports Are Returning Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Premier League resumed in empty stadiums this week. Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images In mid-May, NASCAR became the first major American sport to resume amid the coronavirus pandemic. Others will soon follow, with the NBA and MLB planning to restart in late July and the NHL following on August 1. The NFL, meanwhile, is still…