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What is monkeypox?
Monkeypox virus
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What is monkeypox?

UK stockpiling smallpox vaccinations after dozens of cases detected in the UK, health secretary says
20 May 2022
What are the phosphorus bombs ‘pummelling’ Ukraine?
White phosphorus being dropped by the Assad regime in Douma, Syria
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What are the phosphorus bombs ‘pummelling’ Ukraine?

Footage shows ‘brightly burning munitions’ launched by Russian forces hitting Mariupol’s Azovstal steelworks
17 May 2022
What could happen if China invaded Taiwan?
Chinese troops on mobile rocket launchers during a parade in Beijing
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What could happen if China invaded Taiwan?

Beijing ‘working hard’ to take over Taipei militarily, US official warns
17 May 2022
The Northern Ireland Protocol explained
David Frost and Boris Johnson
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The Northern Ireland Protocol explained

UK government to propose scrapping parts of the post-Brexit plans for trade
12 May 2022
The countries most reliant on Russian gas
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has backed a move away from Russian gas
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The countries most reliant on Russian gas

EU energy ministers hold crisis talks after Moscow starts cutting supplies
3 May 2022
Explained: the anti-abortion challenge to Roe v Wade
Abortion activists demonstrating outside the Supreme Court in 2018
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Explained: the anti-abortion challenge to Roe v Wade

Supreme Court may overturn landmark reproductive rights ruling, leak suggests
3 May 2022
How dangerous is Putin’s new nuclear weapon?
Russian President Vladimir Putin
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How dangerous is Putin’s new nuclear weapon?

Russian state TV claims ‘Satan II’ atomic missile could wipe UK off map
28 Apr 2022

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What is the gender housing gap?
Hand holding keys to a home
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What is the gender housing gap?

Time it takes to get on to the property ladder differs depending on whether you’re male or female
28 Apr 2022
Are North Korea’s nuclear weapons a threat?
A news broadcast of the military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea
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Are North Korea’s nuclear weapons a threat?

Kim Jong Un warns secretive state is accelerating its atomic missile program
27 Apr 2022
What counts as a war crime?
President Volodymyr Zelenskyy addresses the UN Security Council
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What counts as a war crime?

Atrocities in Borodyanka ‘more horrific’ than Bucha, says President Zelenskyy
8 Apr 2022
Boris Johnson’s energy strategy explained
Boris Johnson during a visit to the Hinkley Point nuclear power station
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Boris Johnson’s energy strategy explained

Nuclear energy at the heart of plan dismissed by critics as a ‘missed opportunity’
7 Apr 2022
What are hypersonic missiles?
A Russian jet carrying a hypersonic missile flies over a military parade in Red Square, Moscow
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What are hypersonic missiles?

Russian invasion of Ukraine has hastened efforts to develop ‘consequential weapon’
6 Apr 2022
What the National Insurance increase means
Boris Johnson with Rishi Sunak and Sajid Javid
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What the National Insurance increase means

Government defends controversial hit to pay packets
6 Apr 2022
What is carbon capture and storage?
A carbon capture facility in Longanet, Scotland
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What is carbon capture and storage?

The technology could help ‘neutralise’ emissions from power plants, according to UN report on climate change
5 Apr 2022
What is cyberstalking?
A woman using a laptop
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What is cyberstalking?

Fake social media accounts increasingly used by harassers to target victims
4 Apr 2022
Bruce Willis retires: what is aphasia?
Bruce Willis
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Bruce Willis retires: what is aphasia?

Film star ‘stepping away’ from acting due to brain condition that affects ability to communicate
31 Mar 2022
A history of the UK’s honours scandals
Former Conservative education secretary Gavin Williamson
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A history of the UK’s honours scandals

Former education secretary Gavin Williamson is knighted despite overseeing ‘exam fiasco’
4 Mar 2022
Putin’s key justifications for Ukraine invasion
Vladimir Putin addresses nation following talks with Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev
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Putin’s key justifications for Ukraine invasion

Russian president’s denial of neighbouring nation’s statehood laid ‘groundwork for war’
23 Feb 2022
What is Lassa fever?
A healthcare worker in West Africa during an outbreak of the virus in 2014
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What is Lassa fever?

British patient dies of virus that causes bleeding eyes and facial swelling
11 Feb 2022
The latest nuclear fusion breakthrough explained
Nuclear fusion reactor
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The latest nuclear fusion breakthrough explained

‘Landmark results’ in quest for infinite power with zero carbon emissions
10 Feb 2022
What is the quantum apocalypse?
A photonic chip under a microscope
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What is the quantum apocalypse?

Expert warns that the advent of quantum computing is a ‘threat to our way of life’
1 Feb 2022
5G and planes: the risk to flying examined
United Airlines flight
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5G and planes: the risk to flying examined

Airlines bosses say roll-out of 5G services near US airports risks flights “chaos”
19 Jan 2022
How the common cold may help protect against Covid-19
Woman sneezing
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How the common cold may help protect against Covid-19

New research suggests ‘memory bank’ of T-cells triggered by colds boosts Covid defences
11 Jan 2022
Long Covid: symptoms, treatment and people most at risk
A Covid patient is wheeled into hospital
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Long Covid: symptoms, treatment and people most at risk

Over a million people suffering with complaints lasting over four weeks, ONS says
7 Jan 2022
IHU: what the experts know about the B.1.640.2 variant found in France
A health worker at a Covid-19 testing site in Marseille
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IHU: what the experts know about the B.1.640.2 variant found in France

While Omicron fuelled fear, the IHU strain has been met with a ‘shrug of the shoulders’
6 Jan 2022
North Shropshire by-election: who could win Owen Paterson’s seat?
Former Conservative MP Owen Paterson
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North Shropshire by-election: who could win Owen Paterson’s seat?

Liberal Democrat polling shows party is ‘neck and neck’ with Conservatives
16 Dec 2021
Why autism and ADHD are harder to spot in females
Melanie Sykes
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Why autism and ADHD are harder to spot in females

Experts say signs need to be better understood to ensure earlier diagnosis for girls and women
8 Dec 2021
What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?
Person walks over Millennium Bridge in London during winter fog
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What is seasonal affective disorder (SAD)?

Light exposure is said to help improve low mood during darker months
29 Nov 2021
What is climate migration?
Family collect water containers during drought in Afghanistan
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What is climate migration?

Environmental threats projected to displace populations worldwide in coming years
25 Nov 2021
What is HPV and who is eligible for the vaccine?
Needle
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What is HPV and who is eligible for the vaccine?

Major study shows vaccinated women in their 20s are 87% less likely to have cervical cancer
4 Nov 2021
Climate change: the cities most at risk
Flooded street in Brooklyn, New York
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Climate change: the cities most at risk

Urban populations face increasing threat of natural disasters from warming temperatures
3 Nov 2021
Explained: the ‘net zero-aligned financial centre’
Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak arrives at Cop26 with his Green Budget Box
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Explained: the ‘net zero-aligned financial centre’

Chancellor outlines plans but campaigners warn of ‘greenwashing’
3 Nov 2021
How Covid-19 vaccine patch could replace jabs
A microneedle patch
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How Covid-19 vaccine patch could replace jabs

The plastic patches can be self-administered and stored at room temperature
2 Nov 2021
An essential guide to Cop26
Boris Johnson, Narendra Modi and Antonio Guterres at Cop26
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An essential guide to Cop26

World leaders and demonstrators descend on Glasgow for climate summit
1 Nov 2021
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