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Did China capitulate to the US on 'beautiful monster' trade deal?

Three years ago Chinese President Xi Jinping stood in front of the world’s business elite in Davos, defending the post-war international liberal order as President Donald Trump railed against globalisation. Now, 18 months later, a trade deal of sorts has been signed. The deal, whichever way you choose to break

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Australia’s own ‘Houdini’: The Maxwell Skinner Chronicles

HISTORICAL CRIME: Maxwell Carl Skinner was an unremarkable petty criminal who would go on to scale the greatest of heights. Well, at least the biggest of Australia’s prison walls, writes Sarah McLean. Maxwell Carl Skinner – the man who became one of Victoria’s most well-known prison escapees (he clocked up

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Here comes the sun

Amid almost daily complaints from industry about skyrocketing electricity costs, out drops an announcement so counter to the dominant flow of news that it seems beyond belief. Yet there it is in the business pages: Australian software billionaire Mike Cannon-Brookes and iron ore billionaire Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest are backing a

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United Kingdom’s zero-carbon power outstrips fossil fuels in 2019

According to National Grid, Britain’s energy regulator, the birthplace of coal power, produced more electricity from zero-carbon sources such as wind, solar and nuclear than from fossil fuel plants for the first time in 2019. Having built the world’s first coal-fired power plant in the 1880s, coal became Britain’s

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