Will Saudi Aramco’s IPO succeed?

What does it mean when Iran says it will begin injecting gas into centrifuges?

It means that they're taking one further step, the most significant so far, to break their own commitment to the Iranian nuclear deal. Keep in mind, the Americans pulled out well over a year ago. And with new sanctions, the Iranian economy is contracted this year by almost 10 percent. So, they're pretty angry about it, and they're lashing out. That's where we are.


Will Saudi Aramco's IPO succeed?

It probably will, because they're actually taking their target price from two trillion, which the markets never believed. That's the high end of the Goldman Sachs estimate. Other banks said: "No way. Closer to 1.2 (trillion), 1.4 (trillion), 1.5 (trillion)." They're showing flexibility and they're going to give benefits to the Saudis that buy shares if they hold them for six months, some 10 percent bonus, something like that. On balance, you think it will succeed, but whether that means that Saudi Arabia will actually start diversifying their economy away from energy, that is a much higher bar.

What happens to the Paris climate accord now that the U.S. has formally withdrawn?

Nothing. Everyone else is still with it. In fact, additional countries have joined since the Americans said they'd pull out. Let's keep in mind that even though they're formally saying they're withdrawing, they aren't withdrawn until the day after Election Day in a year's time. Which means if Trump loses, when the next president comes in, almost certainly will re-sign the Americans into the Paris climate accord. If he wins again, the Americans are out. But hundreds of mayors, 25 governors at this point, and also CEOs in the United States say they're still committed. So, on balance, it is less of a fall apart than you would have otherwise expected.

Scientists, engineers and technologists are turning to nature in search of solutions to climate change. Biomimicry is now being applied in the energy sector, medicine, architecture, communications, transport and agriculture in a bid to make human life on this planet more sustainable and limit the impacts of global warming. New inventions have been inspired by humpback whales, kingfishers and mosquitoes.

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January 27 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi extermination camp. But even as some 40 heads of state gathered in Jerusalem this week to commemorate the six million Jews who were killed, a recent Pew survey revealed that many American adults don't know basic facts about the ethnic cleansing of Europe's Jews during the Second World War. Fewer than half of those polled knew how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust, and close to a third didn't know when it actually happened. Here's a look at some of the numbers.

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A quarantine in China– Local authorities have locked down the city of Wuhan, the source of the outbreak of a new and potentially deadly respiratory virus that, as of Thursday morning, had infected more than 540 people in at least six countries. Other nearby cities were also hit by travel restrictions. Rail and air traffic out of Wuhan has been halted. Public transportation is shut, and local officials are urging everyone to stay put unless they have a special need to travel. Wuhan is a city of 11 million people, many of whom were about to travel for the Chinese New Year. We're watching to see whether these extraordinary measures help stem the outbreak, but also to see how the people affected respond to the clampdown.

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