“The flow of corporate taxes that we so enjoy spending will one day dry up. We treat them as permanent revenues when they are so obviously anything but.”

It may come as a surprise but, on one measure at least, the global economy has never been in better shape. Deutsche Bank has counted up the number of (...)

The company is pushing what it calls the “bothie” as the next evolution of the selfie, using Nokia’s Dual Sight technology to fire up both the rear and front-facing cameras at the same time, shooting video or photos of a subject and the smartphone operator simultaneously, which can be shared live directly to Facebook or YouTube

Nokia has launched the most important new handset in its attempts to revitalise the once world-beating brand for the modern smartphone era dominated b(...)

Russia’s president Vladimir Putin and US president Donald Trump: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said Mr Trump accepted Mr Putin’s claim of non-interference in polls. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty

Never since Ronald Reagan met Mikhail Gorbachev during the cold war has a meeting between a US president and his Russian counterpart been more anticip(...)

 Helmut Kohl in 2000. “We mourn,” Kohl’s Christian Democratic Union party (CDU) tweeted with a picture of the former chancellor. Photograph:  Attila Kisbenedek/EPA

Angela Merkel has led tributes to Helmut Kohl, the former chancellor and her political mentor, as a “stroke of luck” for both German and European unit(...)

October 1961: a car drives between US tanks across the border of the American sector in Berlin, at Checkpoint Charlie. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Perhaps their proximity to events and having the power to make history distort the perspective of world leaders. Donald Trump is not known for the so(...)

British  prime minister Theresa May speaks at a Republican retreat  in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: she urged  Donald Trump to “engage but beware” of Russian president Vladimir Putin.  Photograph: Mark Makela/Reuters

British prime minister Theresa May told a Republican retreat in Philadelphia that the US and the UK could not return to “the failed policies of the pa(...)

President-elect Donald Trump with Secret Service: “I spent months never believing that he would be elected president,” said one Democrat. “I sincerely hope that the office makes the man.” Photograph: AP/Andrew Harnik

President Donald Trump will walk into the Oval Office and be stunned. First, it will be a shock to work in an office decorated with images of men othe(...)

Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev announces his resignation on December 25th, 1991. File photograph: AFP/Getty Images

At 7pm Moscow time, on December 25th, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev checked his spectacles were clean, glanced at his watch, then looked up at the camera an(...)

“The most incredible part  is to build something this big that has to move”: the New Safe Confinement sarcophagus covering the destroyed reactor No 4 at Chernobyl. Photograph: Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images

From afar, the massive, dome-shaped structure looks like it could be a sports building or aeroplane hangar. Surrounded by forests that have returned t(...)

Back to the USSR

Twenty five years ago this week, on December 8th, 1991 the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) simply ceased to exist. The heads of the Russian(...)

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