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The US lead in AI is under threat as China steps up investment; why slow progress in the automation of social care alarms an ageing Japan; and do robots need morality lessons from Mary Poppins? Plus: a British start-up that is democratising industrial robots

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On World Malaria Day, we report on a resurgence of the disease in Venezuela, the challenge to get reliable data on its spread and the latest on gene editing technology that could suppress carrier mosquitoes

These regions contain some of the world’s most underbanked populations but technology is fronting the drive for change. Plus: interview with the World Bank on expanding financial services; cash culture prevails in north Africa; fintech and financial inclusion in Iraq; Kenya pushes to shift mobile money to the next level

We present our latest listing of best-in-class financial advisers in the US. Also, we discuss the importance of good advice in inheritance planning; how to guard against market volatility; pros and cons of financial planning online tools; and growing investor interest in US opportunity zones

We ask employees and experts to assess European companies’ progress in achieving inclusive workplaces

Now into its fifth season, the ABB FIA Formula E championship is attracting sponsors, car manufacturers and fans. With this strong growth, the future looks green for the all-electric series

Watchdogs are increasingly focused on the risks posed by ETFs. Plus: Bank of Japan’s ETF purchases raise concern; the fast rise and volatility of cannabis funds; bond funds head for $1tn; and dividend ETFs gain popularity

Cyber, climate change and conduct are among the top risks faced by today’s financial institutions. This report analyses how managers are tackling them — from using artificial intelligence to catch rogue traders before they act to sharing strategies on cyber security

Now in its third year, this ranking of businesses by turnover growth includes disrupters riding high on the latest technological innovation, as well as the web-savvy retailers being lifted by consumer trends

Baselworld’s moment of truth; interview with LVMH’s head of watches; economics and politics blight watchmakers’ growth forecasts; China’s authenticators fight counterfeit luxury goods; why brands are going big on women’s watches; injured veteran turns jewellery designer; engagement rings and the battle for higher search rankings

The nominees and winners of this year’s awards demonstrate what cross-border business can achieve. These companies have prospered, despite the unstable global context, in part by harnessing innovation

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