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WHAT'S NEXT?: Break up of traditional political structures is on the cards in many parts of the world as technology brings challenges to slow and bureaucratic decision-making. New forms of more agile democratic structures are likely to emerge.

  • [New] North Korea threatens to scrap a military tension reduction deal with South Korea and shut down major exchange projects in anger over Seoul's supposed failure to stop activists from sending anti-Pyongyang propaganda leaflets into the communist nation. / Yonhap News Agency
  • [New] North Korea may be hoping that warming ties will help South Korean liberals who support better ties with the North win next March's presidential elections. / AP News
  • [New] North Korea is instead aiming to improve ties with South Korea in the hopes it will persuade the U.S. to make concessions when nuclear diplomacy with Washington eventually does resume. / AP News
  • [New] The DSL applies not only to processing personal data within China but also to any personal data processing activities that occur outside of China that threaten Chinese national security, public interest, or the lawful interests of its citizens or organizations. / JD Supra
  • [New] The DSL applies to all data processing activities in China but will also have extraterritorial reach to the extent that data processing activities outside China harm or damage national security, the public interest or the rights and interests of any Chinese citizens or organizations. / JD Supra
  • [New] The Foreign Secretary announced a new £58 million fund, anchored by £35 million of UK government investment, which will finance the construction of 10,000 green affordable homes in Kenya. / GOV.UK
  • [New] European governments have long been tightening controls on the role of Chinese companies in 5G networks following diplomatic pressure from Washington, which alleges Huawei equipment could be used by Beijing for spying. / The Hindu
  • [New] Colombia could actually gain prominence among its Latin American neighbors if it can develop a privileged relationship with the United States and serve as a bridge between North and South. /
  • [New] Insofar as the United States can keep China and Saudi Arabia on its side, it will preserve an international political economy that can contain some of Venezuela's foreign policy goals. /
  • [New] If the price of oil were to falter, a former Minister of Planning cautions, Venezuela would have no alternative industries that could expand to take its role in generating foreign exchange. /
  • [New] Unemployment (33%), Italy (66%) and South Korea (64%) are the most worried nations about this issue followed by Spain (58%). / Ipsos
  • [New] The real yield - which measures the returns investors can expect once inflation is taken into account - sank to minus 1.127% as a stock market sell-off drove Asia investors into the safety of government debt. / Financial Times
  • [New] The returns investors expect to earn after inflation on the world's most important government bonds have reached a record low in a fall that has had sweeping implications across global markets. / Financial Times
  • [New] Officials have expressed concern that Iran's population could be among the oldest in the world in two decades after the fertility rate among Iranian women dropped 25% over the past four years. / CNA
  • [New] China will speed up the research and development of key technologies in fields such as integrated circuits, life sciences and artificial intelligence and accelerate the construction of national laboratories in Pudong. / CGTN
  • [New] The coordinated announcement by several countries, including the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand, echoes the most recent threat assessment from the US intelligence community: cyber threats from nation states and their surrogates will remain acute for the foreseeable future. / The Conversation
  • [New] With more people taking up walking and hiking in the UK in lieu of gym and sports club access due to local and national COVID-19 restrictions, many in Scotland will have taken to certain trails in and around Scotland's highest mountain Ben Nevis. / 9to5Google
  • [New] The world has already warmed by about 1.2 C since the industrial era began, and temperatures will keep rising unless governments around the world make steep cuts to emissions. / BBC News
  • [New] Work with the Government of Canada to develop and implement building codes suitable to northern Canada that will aspire to see all new residential and commercial buildings be net zero energy ready by 2032. /
  • [New] The executive roundtable discussion will assess Myanmar's current challenges, security issues, the ongoing humanitarian crisis, hampered economic reform, strained bilateral relationships, and governance challenges that have hampered its progress as a nation. / Asia Society
  • [New] Zimbabwe's industries have asked government to apply brakes on tax hikes and hold fire on introducing fresh ones through the mid-term budget review expected later this month. /
  • [New] Beijing has entwined the importance of data with that of national security and the battle for technological supremacy with the U.S., fueling speculation that regulators will use the new cybersecurity review to end the flood of Chinese companies going public in New York. / MSN

Last updated: 28 July 2021