Demand for exorcists is soaring in France

FOR A man poised for combat with evil spirits, Philippe Moscato looks remarkably at ease. In casual clothes and chatting about the tools of his trade—a “Vogel” crystal, compass, steel crucifix, pendulum and bag of salt from Jerusalem—he says he can deliver unreal results. Hired to exorcise an apartment in a wealthy district of central Paris, More...

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By Pundit001 On Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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An overhaul of Brazilian labour law should spur job creation

IN THE litany of bosses’ gripes about Brazil’s inclement business climate, rigid labour laws vie for pride of place with its convoluted tax laws and its licensing rules (on everything from health and safety More...

By Pundit001 On Thursday, July 20th, 2017
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Reform of China’s ailing state-owned firms is emboldening them

ACCORDING to company lore, Yunnan Baiyao, a musty-smelling medical powder, played a vital role during the Long March. As China’s Communist troops fled from attacks in the 1930s, trekking thousands of miles to More...

By Pundit001 On Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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Britain: back to being the sick man of Europe?

IN THE 1970s, Britain was dubbed “the sick man of Europe”, a role previously played by the Ottoman empire in the late 19th century. A poor growth record since the second world war combined with terrible industrial More...

By Pundit001 On Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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Podcast: Goodbye, Benito

Brazil’s rigid labour market regulations were transplanted wholesale from Benito Mussolini’s Italy back in 1943. Now President Michel Temer has approved an overhaul. Will it encourage job creation? Also, an More...

By Pundit001 On Wednesday, July 19th, 2017
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Restrictions are lifted on the last airline affected by America's laptop ban

JUST like that, America’s laptop ban is all but over. Four months ago the Trump administration announced that travellers from ten Middle Eastern countries would be barred from taking electronics larger than More...

By Pundit001 On Tuesday, July 18th, 2017
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United Airlines is testing a novel way of bumping passengers

IT IS a classic traveller’s dilemma: you are waiting in the boarding area for your flight, and an airline employee asks over the loudspeaker if anyone is willing to be bumped in exchange for a voucher. You like More...

By Pundit001 On Monday, July 17th, 2017
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Money troubles? Your parents may be to blame

You may have received a big inheritance, even if you’re not aware of it: how you handle your money. Economics professors at the University of Copenhagen have found that if a parent was in default on a loan More...

By Pundit001 On Saturday, July 15th, 2017
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Dov Charney back in fashion with American Apparel reboot

LOS ANGELES—Dov Charney’s warehouse for his new company sits on a desolate street in South Los Angeles, about six kilometres south of American Apparel’s former downtown headquarters. The Montreal native More...

By Pundit001 On Thursday, July 13th, 2017
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An illustrious Hong Kong container firm sells to China

STONECUTTERS ISLAND in Hong Kong used to be a favoured habitat for poisonous snakes and eye-catching birds such as the white-bellied sea eagle. Thanks to Hong Kong’s rapid development, it is no longer so hospitable. More...