China ‘social credit’: Beijing sets up huge system

In most countries, the existence of a credit system isn’t controversial. Past financial information is used to predict whether individuals will pay their mortgages or credit card bill in the future. But China is taking the whole concept a few steps further. The Chinese government is building an omnipotent “social …

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Dementia ‘linked’ to common over-the-counter drugs

A study has linked commonly used medicines, including over-the-counter treatments for conditions such as insomnia and hay-fever, to dementia. All of the types of medication in question are drugs that have an “anticholinergic” effect. Experts say people should not panic or stop taking their medicines. In the US study in …

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Abba’s Agnetha comes out of retirement

One of pop’s most enigmatic voices has emerged with her first album in nine years. Agnetha Faltskog’s new album sees her duet with Gary Barlow and collaborate with Britney Spears’ Swedish songwriting team. Just don’t call her “mysterious”. Forty-five years ago, before Abba were even a twinkle in Eurovision’s eye, …

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