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Data Dive

In the 21St Century, the world runs on data. CEOs, governments and even NBA coaches make decisions based on statistics, polling and algorithms. Data Dive provides a daily look into the key numbers that drive trends across businesses and the world.

Data Dive: Slipping into famine

Four countries in an arc across central Africa and the Middle East — Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen — are at risk of mass starvation due to conflict and drought, with two parts of South Sudan already declared officially 'under famine' by the United Nations.

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'Bad' foreign firms drive U.S. manufacturing jobs revival

Years before Donald Trump began promising to bring back good manufacturing jobs by getting tough with U.S. trade partners, such jobs have already been on the rise, largely thanks to foreign companies now cast as villains in Trump's narrative.

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Looming Chinese refinery cuts to hit oil demand

Some of China's top oil refineries are having to take the highly unusual step of cutting operations during what is typically the peak demand summer season when hot weather drives up power usage and families take to the road during school holidays.

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Jetmakers hunt for new growth as order binge fizzles out

Plane giants are preparing to squeeze the last drop out of a once raging torrent of airplane orders without the razzmatazz of recent years, as the aerospace industry heads to a belt-tightening Paris Airshow looking for new sources of revenue.

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Scooters instead of boardroom 'kabuki': how one fund manager picks winners

Mitch Golden scrutinizes hedge fund managers and their investment ideas in a variety of settings from the back of a motor scooter in Ho Chi Minh City to a park bench in New York's Central Park. The lieutenant of billionaire investor David Einhorn says it gives him the sort of perspective he can't get from sitting in an office.


Data Dive: The UK Election: By the numbers

May's lead over the opposition Labour Party has narrowed sharply, according to opinion polls published since the Manchester attack, suggesting she might not win the landslide predicted just a month ago.