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One Metal Will Be Transformed by the Electric Car Boom

Glencore Plc and Trafigura Group Pte are often at loggerheads, but one thing they agree on: the nickel market will be transformed by the rise of electric cars. Nickel sulphate, a key ingredient in lithium-ion batteries, will see demand increase 50 percent to 3 million metric tons by 2030, Saad Rahim, chief economist at Trafigura, said in an interview. While other battery metals like cobalt and lithium have more than doubled since the start of last year, nickel prices have been subdued because of large inventories. "When you look structurally,…

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Lessons from the fast lane: does this study prove car-pooling works?

When Jakarta ditched its controversial three-in-one car-sharing rule many in the city expected the traffic to get better. It didnt. A Harvard and MIT study analysed before-and-after Google traffic data to find out what happened Driving in Jakarta at rush hour is something of a nightmare. The citys 9.6 million population swells each work day with an additional some measures, Jakarta has the worst traffic in the world. Others only put it in jockeys who would stand just outside the enforcement area and offer to join a single-occupancy vehicle for…

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Indonesia police ordered to shoot drug dealers to tackle ‘narcotics emergency’

President Joko Widodos comments echo those of Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte, whose drug war has killed thousands Indonesias president, Joko Widodo, has told law enforcement officers to shoot drug traffickers to deal with what he called a narcotics emergency facing the country. Be firm, especially to foreign drug dealers who enter the country and resist arrest. Shoot them because we indeed are in a narcotics emergency position now, Widodo said in a speech delivered at a political event late on Friday. His remarks have drawn comparisons to those of Philippines…

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Two men face 80 lashes in Indonesia after being accused of having gay sex

Sharia lawyers in Aceh province say pair confessed to being in a gay relationship after they were filmed by vigilantes Sharia prosecutors in Indonesias Aceh province say two men on trial for gay sex should each be punished with 80 lashes, in another blow to the countrys moderate image after a top Christian official was imprisoned for blasphemy. The lead prosecutor, Gulmaini, who goes by one name, said on Wednesday the two men aged 20 and 23 had confessed to being in a gay relationship, which was supported by video…

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Jakarta election challenger Anies accused of courting Islamic vote amid religious divide

Christian governor Ahok used to enjoy a 70% approval rating but then came his blasphemy trial for allegedly insulting Islam. Now the vote is too close to call It was in 2004, as a PhD student in political science at Northern Illinois University, that Anies Baswedan would ponder the future interplay between Islam and Indonesia. In his paper, political Islam in Indonesia, present and future trajectory,Baswedan pointed out that, fertile ground exists for Islam-friendly political parties to attract considerable support from Muslim voters. Muslim voters, he explains in the footnotes,…

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