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Aaron Drapkin

Did Oliver Cromwell actually ban Christmas?
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In Depth

Did Oliver Cromwell actually ban Christmas?

Festive games and carol singing were outlawed during the English Civil War
14 Dec 2020
Quiz of The Week: 28 November - 4 December
Matt Hancock has vowed to take the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine live on television to prove it is safe
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Quiz of The Week: 28 November - 4 December

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
4 Dec 2020
Quiz of The Week: 21 - 27 November
Boris Johnson washes immunological assays during a visit to the Jenner Institute.
In Brief

Quiz of The Week: 21 - 27 November

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
27 Nov 2020
Age cap in Oxford vaccine trials casts doubt over results
British pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca
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Age cap in Oxford vaccine trials casts doubt over results

AstraZeneca failed to disclose that under-55s made up test group in which jab was most effective
26 Nov 2020
No-deal Brexit would hit economy harder than Covid, says OBR
Boris Johnson returns to Number 10, Downing Street following the weekly Cabinet meeting.
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No-deal Brexit would hit economy harder than Covid, says OBR

Watchdog predicts that failure to reach trade agreement will damage sectors which are surviving pandemic
26 Nov 2020
Panic as British Army boss lost during training in Wiltshire
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Panic as British Army boss lost during training in Wiltshire

Mark Carleton-Smith declared missing in action during exercise on Salisbury Plain
12 Nov 2020
Brexit deadline ‘will be missed’ - but talks to continue
Brexit trade talks to resume between the European Union and the UK
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Brexit deadline ‘will be missed’ - but talks to continue

Both sides are racing to reach an agreement ahead of EU leaders’ summit next week
12 Nov 2020
Iceberg collision in British territory threatens penguins
A Magellanic Penguin on the shores of Chile, one of the several penguin species found on South Georgia
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Iceberg collision in British territory threatens penguins

Several species face starvation if the icy giant blocks access to feeding grounds
5 Nov 2020
UK ‘brinkmanship’ risks ending chances of Brexit deal
Michel Barnier address the press outside the European Commission building in Brussels
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UK ‘brinkmanship’ risks ending chances of Brexit deal

Government’s down-to-the-wire negotiating strategy dubbed 'a recipe for disaster'
5 Nov 2020
Quiz of The Week: 24 - 30 October
Former Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves his home.
In Brief

Quiz of The Week: 24 - 30 October

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
30 Oct 2020
Brexit countdown: can Boris Johnson secure a deal in time?
Boris Johnson gives a thumbs up outside 10 Downing Street.
In Depth

Brexit countdown: can Boris Johnson secure a deal in time?

Both parties are eager to reach an agreement - but longstanding issues remain contentious
29 Oct 2020
Quiz of The Week: 17 - 23 October
Andy Burnham speaks to the media during a press conference outside The Bridgewater Hall, Manchester
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Quiz of The Week: 17 - 23 October

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
23 Oct 2020
US election: Donald Trump has a secret Chinese bank account
Donald Trump and Xi Jinping
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US election: Donald Trump has a secret Chinese bank account

Questions are raised about the president’s business dealings in China
22 Oct 2020
Hunter Biden laptop in FBI money probe
Hunter Biden and Joe Biden walking together.
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Hunter Biden laptop in FBI money probe

Subpoena indicates that contents of Hunter Biden’s computer are being scrutinised in financial case
22 Oct 2020
Which countries have tried circuit breaker lockdowns?
A South Korean patient is transported by medical staff on a Covid secure stretcher.
In Depth

Which countries have tried circuit breaker lockdowns?

Singapore and South Korea saw Covid cases fall but not all of the shutdowns were a success
15 Oct 2020
Covid jabs may begin next month, if vaccine is approved
A doctor wearing sterile gloves prepares a vaccination injection.
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Covid jabs may begin next month, if vaccine is approved

Five vaccination sites to be set up in major cities as part of mass inoculation roll-out
8 Oct 2020
Eight in ten Covid cases in UK ‘show no core symptoms’
Coronavirus test
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Eight in ten Covid cases in UK ‘show no core symptoms’

New study says well-known indicators such as cough and loss of smell are a ‘poor marker of infection’
8 Oct 2020
Neanderthal genes linked to severe Covid-19 symptoms
A Neanderthal skull on display.
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Neanderthal genes linked to severe Covid-19 symptoms

Discovery may explain why some regions have been harder hit by coronavirus
1 Oct 2020
Explained: the UK’s new ‘traffic light’ system for lockdowns
UK test and trace NHS
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Explained: the UK’s new ‘traffic light’ system for lockdowns

Downing Street hopes the scheme will help avoid unnecessary economic disruption
24 Sep 2020
One in five Britons ‘won’t get coronavirus vaccine’
Experts say findings of new study pose a ‘real worry’ for public health
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One in five Britons ‘won’t get coronavirus vaccine’

Experts say findings of new study pose a ‘real worry’ for public health
24 Sep 2020
How Boris Johnson headed off a Brexit rebellion
Boris Johnson Downing Street
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How Boris Johnson headed off a Brexit rebellion

PM agrees compromise with Tory critics of controversial bill that will break international law
17 Sep 2020
Johnson’s testing plan to cost ‘almost entire NHS budget’
Coronavirus testing site
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Johnson’s testing plan to cost ‘almost entire NHS budget’

Government programme billed as ‘only hope’ for avoiding second nationwide lockdown
10 Sep 2020
Sweden claims ‘vindication’ over anti-lockdown policy
The Swedish flag is pictured on April 4, 2020 in Stockholm during the the new coronavirus COVID-19 pamdemic. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty I
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Sweden claims ‘vindication’ over anti-lockdown policy

Rate of positive tests has fallen from 19% at peak of pandemic to just 1.3%
10 Sep 2020
‘Brutal’ torture methods used by Iranian security forces
Iran, Tehran, Protest
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‘Brutal’ torture methods used by Iranian security forces

Amnesty International report exposes ‘interrogation tactics’ used on prisoners in post-protests crackdown
3 Sep 2020
Prince Andrew visits Queen for Epstein ‘crisis talks’
Prince Andrew
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Prince Andrew visits Queen for Epstein ‘crisis talks’

Duke of York met with his mother at Balmoral Castle in Scotland
3 Sep 2020
Government spent £56m on consultants during pandemic
Coronavirus testing kit
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Government spent £56m on consultants during pandemic

16 private firms have received several multi-million pound contracts
20 Aug 2020
750m GM mosquitoes to be released in Florida Keys
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750m GM mosquitoes to be released in Florida Keys

The insects will produce stunted offspring incapable of passing on diseases
20 Aug 2020
China dismisses anger at ‘huge Wuhan pool party’
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China dismisses anger at ‘huge Wuhan pool party’

Images should lead critics to ‘reflect on epidemic control in their own countries’, state media say
20 Aug 2020
Harry and Meghan pitch mystery project idea to Hollywood
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
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Harry and Meghan pitch mystery project idea to Hollywood

The Sussex royals have been shopping their concept around tinseltown since June
20 Aug 2020
Cycling revolution: ‘demand for bikes has gone ballistic’
Brompton folding bike
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Cycling revolution: ‘demand for bikes has gone ballistic’

Brompton to launch bike rental subscription service after lockdown surge
14 Aug 2020
Bid to resurrect extinct Sumatran rhino using stem cells
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Bid to resurrect extinct Sumatran rhino using stem cells

Scientists aim to create embryos to implant into a ‘closely related species’
13 Aug 2020
Flu now killing five times more people than Covid-19
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Flu now killing five times more people than Covid-19

Influenza deaths overtook those caused by coronavirus in mid-June, UK figures show
13 Aug 2020
Deutsche Bank handed over Donald Trump’s financial records
Donald Trump
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Deutsche Bank handed over Donald Trump’s financial records

German financial giant was subpoenaed by prosecutors building case against the US president
6 Aug 2020
135,000 jobs to be axed in ‘economic armageddon'
WHSmith has announced major staff cuts
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135,000 jobs to be axed in ‘economic armageddon'

Retail sector expected to see at least 22,500 jobs disappear
6 Aug 2020