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Xi Jinping and Alexander Lukashenko spoke in Beijing. The Chinese leader met with his Belarusian counterpart, an ally of Russia, with Ukraine as a central point of discussion.
London’s most expensive home to-date is up for sale. A four-acre property in Regent’s Park is reportedly asking for as much as £250 million ($300 million).
Costco is expected to report its weakest sales growth in three years today (Mar. 2). The US big-box store chain would be joining a growing list of retailers with lackluster sales, as customers remind merchants that everything’s really expensive right now and something has to give.
Costco’s membership growth, however, may be its saving grace. The company is expected to add another 480,000 paid subscribers to its 67 million households. Increasing membership fees could be a way to compensate for slower sales, and would probably spark less outrage than raising hot dog prices.
Chief financial officer Richard Galanti has said that an increase in the membership fee was “a question of when, not if,” but that the company is in no rush to do so, opting for a wait-and-see approach. So we’ll wait and see as we slurp our pricier 20-ounce sodas.
It doesn’t seem to matter that internet access is a fundamental right in India. For the fifth year in a row, the country saw its access to the World Wide Web go dark more than any other in 2022, accounting for nearly half of the world’s total shutdowns.
For India, shutdowns have largely centered in regions of political instability and violence, like Jammu and Kashmir. But a sudden shift to war explains why one country that didn’t even make the list in 2021 is now coming in second.
On Feb. 23, avian flu—or H5N1—killed a young girl in Cambodia. The World Health Organization (WHO) described the viral outbreak as “worrying.”
When the global health community rushed to sequence the new strain, it did so in less than a day. There’s one big reason why.
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A mummy was found in a delivery guy’s cooler bag. Nothing says order’s up like the 600 to 800-year-old remains of a 45-year-old man.
An ancient insect was spotted at a Walmart. One giant lacewing was just hanging out on the side of the building in Arkansas.
Nobody really knows what time it is on the Moon. Which is why it may soon get its own time zone.
Planting trees could do more harm than good. A new episode of the Quartz Obsession podcast explains why it may not be the best way to offset carbon emissions.
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