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Germany floods: what led to this ‘once-in-a-century’ disaster?
A destroyed railway bridge
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Germany floods: what led to this ‘once-in-a-century’ disaster?

Nearly 200 people died in Germany and Belgium; hundreds are still unaccounted for
23 Jul 2021
Art and ethics: Hunter Biden’s controversial new career
Hunter standing with Joe Biden
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Art and ethics: Hunter Biden’s controversial new career

Hunter has embarked on new career as an artist and is preparing to hold first solo exhibition in October
22 Jul 2021
Why tensions are rising over the Gibraltar border
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Why tensions are rising over the Gibraltar border

Foreign secretary claims new post-Brexit proposal undermines UK’s sovereignty over territory
22 Jul 2021
The safest and most dangerous countries in the world
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The safest and most dangerous countries in the world

Afghanistan named the least peaceful, while Iceland holds top spot as safest country once again
21 Jul 2021
UK music festivals: which events are going ahead?
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UK music festivals: which events are going ahead?

This year’s festival line-up includes Isle of Wight, Creamfields, Reading and Leeds
21 Jul 2021
What is the highest UK temperature on record?
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What is the highest UK temperature on record?

All four nations experience hottest days of the year
19 Jul 2021
Frontrunner to replace Merkel criticised over flood ‘sniggering’
Armin Laschet speaks to reporters during a visit to Erftstadt, North Rhine-Westphalia
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Frontrunner to replace Merkel criticised over flood ‘sniggering’

Catastrophic extreme weather may hand boost to rival Green Party campaign
19 Jul 2021

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Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin: the new space race?
Richard Branson cheers with crew members after flying into space
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Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin: the new space race?

Branson has declared space open for business. Is that still a pie in the sky?
16 Jul 2021
Lobsters: an end to ‘culinary barbarism’?
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Lobsters: an end to ‘culinary barbarism’?

Big news in the world of crustaceans and molluscs: it may soon be illegal to boil lobsters alive
16 Jul 2021
Sarah Everard’s murder: a national reckoning?
A couple look at tributes left to Sarah Everard
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Sarah Everard’s murder: a national reckoning?

Wayne Couzen’s guilty plea doesn’t ‘tidy away the reality of sexual violence’
16 Jul 2021
The Miami tower collapse: a tragedy in slow motion
First responders searching debris for signs of life
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The Miami tower collapse: a tragedy in slow motion

‘The search for answers is not moving nearly fast enough’
15 Jul 2021
Who will be the next Duke of Edinburgh?
Prince Charles and Prince Edward looking into the distance
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Who will be the next Duke of Edinburgh?

Prince Charles reportedly reluctant to hand over his father’s title to youngest sibling
12 Jul 2021
Bank holidays and boycotts: are MPs trying to jinx England?
England team celebrate during their semi-final win
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Bank holidays and boycotts: are MPs trying to jinx England?

Declaring a bank holiday would be ‘tempting fate’, says Boris Johnson
9 Jul 2021
South Africa’s landmark ruling: how the courts stood up to Jacob Zuma
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South Africa’s landmark ruling: how the courts stood up to Jacob Zuma

Last week the former president was jailed for 15 months for contempt of court - a first in the country’s history
9 Jul 2021
The ‘heat dome’: blistering temperatures in the Pacific Northwest should act as a wake-up call
People lying on the ground to cool down from blistering temperatures
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The ‘heat dome’: blistering temperatures in the Pacific Northwest should act as a wake-up call

People are used to hearing of record-high temperatures in desert states such as Nevada or Arizona, but not in verdant Washington and Oregon
8 Jul 2021
The end of free speech? Hong Kong loses its Apple
The final issue of Apple Daily is delivered to a newspaper stands
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The end of free speech? Hong Kong loses its Apple

The lively, pro-democracy Apple Daily tabloid is the latest victim of the harsh ‘national security’ law imposed on the territory by Beijing
2 Jul 2021
Critical race theory: America’s latest cultural battleground
Opponents of Critical Race Theory protest in Virginia
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Critical race theory: America’s latest cultural battleground

Conservatives say it’s a toxic theory poisoning the minds of schoolchildren - others say the whole story is a cynical distraction
1 Jul 2021
How 100,000 ‘lost children’ disappeared from UK school system
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How 100,000 ‘lost children’ disappeared from UK school system

Experts warn that vulnerable pupils may be recruited by gangs after failing to return to education post-lockdown
28 Jun 2021
‘Shot down’: the DUP implosion explained
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‘Shot down’: the DUP implosion explained

The rule of Edwin Poots is now history, after only 21 days, following a revolt by the Democratic Unionist Party’s Assembly members and MPs
24 Jun 2021
Olympic Games set for transgender first
Transgender weightlifter Laurel Hubbard 
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Olympic Games set for transgender first

New Zealand weightlifter Laurel Hubbard will make history at Tokyo 2020
24 Jun 2021
Kamala Harris: is Joe Biden setting up the vice-president to fail?
Kamala Harris
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Kamala Harris: is Joe Biden setting up the vice-president to fail?

Harris is already unusually ‘unpopular’ for a veep, with a recent YouGov poll showing her approval rating at 41%
18 Jun 2021
Children’s social care system a ‘Jenga tower held together by Sellotape’
Baby P memorial
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Children’s social care system a ‘Jenga tower held together by Sellotape’

State intervention too often focused on ‘assessment and investigation’ and not support
17 Jun 2021
Emmanuel Macron’s assault: a slap in the face for French democracy?
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Emmanuel Macron’s assault: a slap in the face for French democracy?

Last week, a protester grabbed the French president by his arm with one hand and slapped him in the face with the other
17 Jun 2021
Top 20 universities in the UK
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Top 20 universities in the UK

Two in five UK universities saw their ranking drop in international league table 
14 Jun 2021
Stonewall: a champion or a bully?
Trans Pride protest
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Stonewall: a champion or a bully?

Britain’s largest LGBT charity is in deep trouble because of its stance on gender identity
10 Jun 2021
Colonialism culture wars: how the Queen got ‘cancelled’
Queen Elizabeth
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Colonialism culture wars: how the Queen got ‘cancelled’

Oxford students vote to remove picture of monarch over links to ‘recent colonial history’
9 Jun 2021
Donald Trump hits campaign trail to demand Republican loyalty
Donald Trump
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Donald Trump hits campaign trail to demand Republican loyalty

Former president urges supporters to back his allies at next year’s mid-terms ahead of potential 2024 re-election bid
7 Jun 2021
Sedat Peker: the mob boss targeting Turkey’s political elite
Sedat Peker
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Sedat Peker: the mob boss targeting Turkey’s political elite

A flamboyant, Tony Soprano-esque figure, he has been spilling the beans on figures in Turkey’s ruling AKP
3 Jun 2021
China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu: how dangerous is it?
A vendor slaughters chickens at a poultry market in east China
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China reports first human case of H10N3 bird flu: how dangerous is it?

Last significant outbreak of bird flu was in 2016 when 300 people died
2 Jun 2021
On display: Cindy Chao at the V&A
Cindy Chao Victoria and Albert museum
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On display: Cindy Chao at the V&A

London's Victoria & Albert museum adds Cindy Chao jewel to its holdings
25 May 2021
Dominic Cummings evidence: learning lessons or political vendetta?
Dominic Cummings
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Dominic Cummings evidence: learning lessons or political vendetta?

Former No. 10 aide’s appearance in front of MPs tipped to be ‘one of the most remarkable moments in modern political history’
24 May 2021
ID for voters: a ‘suspicious’ proposal?
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ID for voters: a ‘suspicious’ proposal?

In a pilot scheme, the Freedom Pass for pensioners was deemed acceptable, but student IDs were ruled out
20 May 2021
Liz Cheney’s ousting: a turning point for the Republicans?
Liz Cheney
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Liz Cheney’s ousting: a turning point for the Republicans?

Cheney is a distinguished conservative who has consistently backed her party’s agenda. But she has one unforgivable flaw
20 May 2021
How cybercriminals are hacking into the heart of the US economy
Fears the shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline because of a cyberattack would cause a gasoline shortage led to some panic buying
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How cybercriminals are hacking into the heart of the US economy

Ransomware attacks have become a global epidemic, with more than $18.6bn paid in ransoms in 2020
20 May 2021
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