The Economist Daily Dispatch: April 11th 2016

Genetic mutations: Real-life superheroes
A study of more than 500,000 people, published today, revealed 13 individuals who seem perfectly healthy despite carrying genetic mutations linked to severe childhood diseases. Ideally researchers would now sequence these individuals’ genomes to discover how they can carry mutations that are deadly in others. But this cannot be done: the consent forms used do not allow for the subjects to be recontacted, writes our science correspondent

Panama papers: David Cameron’s unforced error
The Panama papers revealed that David Cameron’s late father had a unit trust fund incorporated offshore. Nothing so far suggests that his family broke any rules. But Mr Cameron lost control of the story by insisting it was a private matter, which suggested he had something to hide and fuelled suspicion. …


The Economist Daily Dispatch: April 8th 2016

Visa-free travel: Tit for tat
Next week the European Commission will discuss whether to start requiring Americans and Canadians to apply for visas before they enter the EU. The aim is to pressure America into adding five EU member states, currently excluded, to the list of nationalities who can enter the United States without a visa. …


The Economist Daily Dispatch: April 7th 2016

The pope and the patriarch: Breaking protocol
Next week Pope Francis will visit Lesbos, the epicentre of Europe’s refugee crisis. Patriarch Bartholomew, the Istanbul-based cleric who is “first among equals” in the Eastern Orthodox Church, will join him. The visit was arranged by the Greek Orthodox Church, which is squabbling with the Patriarch over territorial control of Lesbos. Pope Francis is far more concerned about the refugees stuck on the island, writes our religion columnist

China and Panama: The dragon’s trail
Protests are erupting globally over the revelations in the Panama papers. But not in China. Documents show that nine prominent families, including a relative of President Xi Jinping, own or have owned offshore companies. Censors have removed online mentions of the scandal. But the news will strengthen perceptions that China’s elite enjoy enormous wealth and privilege despite Mr Xi’s anti-corruption drive, writes our Beijing bureau…

Every weekday between 6pm and 7pm London time, The Economist news desk publishes a daily dispatch of four items from our correspondents around the globe

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