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A view of the Dali cargo vessel which crashed into the Francis Scott Key Bridge causing it to collapse in Baltimore, Maryland, U.S., March 26, 2024.

REUTERS/Julia Nikhinson

It’s not just Baltimore with a bridge problem

Six people are still missing after a cargo ship collided with the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore on Tuesday morning, crumbling the 1.6 mile long bridge in a matter of seconds.

Its aftermath will make waves far beyond Baltimore. Here’s how.

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Jess Frampton

Mark Carney sees more problems than solutions emerge from Davos

Davos is a good place to recognize problems but not such a good place to solve them, according to Lord Mark Malloch Brown, a British politician and diplomat who was in the Swiss Alps this month. “A new generation of modest, listening and empathetic leaders is needed – the antithesis of Davos Man,” he tweeted.

The World Economic Forum has steered so far to the north of public opinion that it is now being used as a punchline – the New York Times noted that “the Davos Consensus” is now a counter-indicator of what is likely to happen. “Trump is already the president at Davos — which is a good thing because the Davos consensus is usually wrong,” said Alex Soros, son of George and chair of the Open Society Foundation, on a panel at this year’s forum.

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The Galaxy Leader cargo ship is escorted by Houthi boats in the Red Sea/


Red Sea headwinds: Will they hurt global trade?

In Davos, Yuvraj Narayan, the deputy CEO of Emirati logistics company DP World, warned that the cost of goods heading to Europe from Asia will be significantly higher because of the Houthi attacks on shipping in the Red Sea. With inflation finally starting to ease, the prospect of consumers once again feeling the pinch is unwelcome. But will they?

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China has deployed a huge flotilla of "fishing" vessels to intimidate the Philippines in the South China Sea. It's a major escalation of Beijing using its "little blue men" militia to do the navy's dirty work in these contested waters.

Gabriella Turrisi

China makes a big move in the South China Sea

The Philippines on Monday demanded China withdraw a massive fishing fleet — presumably commanded by the Chinese navy — from waters that Manila has exclusive economic rights over in the South China Sea. Beijing, unsurprisingly, denied any involvement. But there's more to the latest milestone in China's increasingly aggressive strategy to assert its claims in one of the world's most disputed waterways.

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