China’s national chip champions expect to make next-generation smartphone processors as early as this year, and Northern Ireland is trying to chart a path forward under a new, historic power-sharing agreement. Plus, a former Pakistan prime minister is barred from this week’s election but is using chatbots and social media to energise his party’s supporters.

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China on cusp of next-generation chip production despite US curbs

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