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How Afghanistan is hurtling towards famine and ruin
Afghans at a street market
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How Afghanistan is hurtling towards famine and ruin

The UN estimates that about 23 million Afghans are facing acute hunger
3 Dec 2021
Doctor Who: is she driving men to crime?
Jodie Whittaker
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Doctor Who: is she driving men to crime?

Tory MP says vogue for ‘gender-flipping’ characters has helped create crisis in masculinity
3 Dec 2021
The House of Commons: no place for a baby?
Stella Creasy being interviewed, holding a tiny baby
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The House of Commons: no place for a baby?

Bringing babies onto the green benches is against the ‘rules of behaviour and courtesies’
3 Dec 2021
The traffic-light coalition: a new start for Germany?
Members of new German coalition
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The traffic-light coalition: a new start for Germany?

New government expected to be sworn in next week, signalling end of Angela Merkel’s 16-year rule
2 Dec 2021
Shoppers warned about dodgy Black Friday deals
Online shopping on a laptop
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Shoppers warned about dodgy Black Friday deals

Consumer watchdog says better prices can be had on most of the so-called bargain offers
24 Nov 2021
Ethiopia on the brink of ‘irreversible state collapse’
Soldiers in Ethiopia
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Ethiopia on the brink of ‘irreversible state collapse’

The basic issue is how much autonomy Ethiopia’s regions should have
19 Nov 2021
Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: held to a £400m ransom
Richard Ratcliffe with a sign reading 'Hunger for justice day 21'
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Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe: held to a £400m ransom

Boris Johnson has ‘a moral duty to set this right’, said The Observer
18 Nov 2021

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Channel crossing crisis: why Priti Patel’s ‘push-back tactic’ is not working
Priti Patel
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Channel crossing crisis: why Priti Patel’s ‘push-back tactic’ is not working

Last week, a record 1,185 migrants crossed the Channel to Kent in small boats
18 Nov 2021
Handball: swapping bikini bottoms for tight pants
The trailblazing Norwegian team
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Handball: swapping bikini bottoms for tight pants

Women competitors will be required to ‘wear short tight pants with a close fit’
5 Nov 2021
Ryanair: readying for departure from London
Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary 
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Ryanair: readying for departure from London

Plans to delist Ryanair from the LSE could spell ‘another blow’ to the ‘dwindling’ London market
5 Nov 2021
Kathleen Stock resigns: the ‘hounding’ of an academic on the front line of transgender rights debate
Trans rights activists demonstrating in Edinburgh
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Kathleen Stock resigns: the ‘hounding’ of an academic on the front line of transgender rights debate

Sussex University students claim ‘trans and non-binary students are safer and happier for it’
4 Nov 2021
Can the PM really create ‘good jobs, green jobs’?
Boris Johnson visits the Scottish Power Carland Cross Windfarm
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Can the PM really create ‘good jobs, green jobs’?

Boris Johnson claims his plans to cut carbon emissions will help create 440,000 jobs by 2030
29 Oct 2021
Assisted dying: a complex, fraught and ‘necessary’ debate
Protestors hold a banner reading ‘Euthanasia? Don't kill, cure!’ during a demonstration against the decriminalisation of euthanasia
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Assisted dying: a complex, fraught and ‘necessary’ debate

The Assisted Dying Bill – which would allow doctors to assist in the deaths of terminally ill patients – has relevance for ‘millions’
28 Oct 2021
NHS funding: ‘welcome and badly needed’ or a ‘hefty sacrifice’
Rishi Sunak on budget day
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NHS funding: ‘welcome and badly needed’ or a ‘hefty sacrifice’

Twenty years ago, the NHS accounted for 27% of all day-to-day public service spending. Today, that figure is closer to 40%
28 Oct 2021
‘Hissy fits’ and blatant bullying: Sajid Javid vs. the GPs
Sajid Javid
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‘Hissy fits’ and blatant bullying: Sajid Javid vs. the GPs

93% of GPs in England see the health secretary’s plans to encourage face-to-face appointments as unacceptable
21 Oct 2021
Coco vision: up close to Chanel opticals
Chanel opticals
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Coco vision: up close to Chanel opticals

Parisian luxury house adds opticals to digital offering
20 Oct 2021
Chinese journalists forced into lessons to ‘learn the party line’
Chinese Premier Xi Jinping
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Chinese journalists forced into lessons to ‘learn the party line’

State-accredited reporters to undergo training aimed at stamping out dissent
18 Oct 2021
‘Cruel indifference’: the disgrace of the French Catholic Church
Rosary beads on a bible
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‘Cruel indifference’: the disgrace of the French Catholic Church

Landmark report estimates around 330,000 children were abused by clergymen and officials between 1950 and 2020
14 Oct 2021
Out of fashion: Asos ‘curse’ has struck again
Asos online fashion website
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Out of fashion: Asos ‘curse’ has struck again

Share price tumbles following the departure of CEO Nick Beighton
14 Oct 2021
Germany after Merkel: the long negotiations begin
Olaf Scholz
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Germany after Merkel: the long negotiations begin

It could be a protracted wait to find out what form Germany’s next government will take
8 Oct 2021
Angela Merkel’s long goodbye
Angela Merkel waving
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Angela Merkel’s long goodbye

German chancellor is leaving with ‘sky-high approval ratings’ - but does she deserve them?
1 Oct 2021
Russia’s elections: a triumph for stage-managed ‘democracy’
Russian President Vladimir Putin
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Russia’s elections: a triumph for stage-managed ‘democracy’

Kremlin candidates were declared the winners in all of Moscow’s 15 districts
30 Sep 2021
Universal Music: don’t stop me now…
Lucian Grainge is CEO of Universal Music Group
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Universal Music: don’t stop me now…

Investors are betting heavily that the ‘boom’ in music streaming ‘still has a long way to go’
24 Sep 2021
Why discomfort could save pandas from extinction
A waving panda bear
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Why discomfort could save pandas from extinction

Experts say too much happiness can stop the bears from searching for new mates
21 Sep 2021
The top 20 universities in the UK
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The top 20 universities in the UK

Oxford University ousted from top spot for the first time
17 Sep 2021
EasyJet/Wizz: battle for air supremacy 
Wizz Air and easyJet aircraft
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EasyJet/Wizz: battle for air supremacy 

‘Wizz’s cheeky takeover bid will have come as a blow to the corporate ego’
17 Sep 2021
Joe Biden: ‘a default president at the helm of a middling administration’
Joe Biden
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Joe Biden: ‘a default president at the helm of a middling administration’

He was supposed to deliver ‘a return to presidential normalcy’, but Biden’s administration is already struggling
17 Sep 2021
‘Pushing back’ migrant boats: a sensible way to stamp out people-smuggling or a deeply ‘callous’ policy?
Migrants disembark from a vessel in Calais
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‘Pushing back’ migrant boats: a sensible way to stamp out people-smuggling or a deeply ‘callous’ policy?

Priti Patel has secured new advice authorising Border Force to ‘push back’ migrant boats into French waters
16 Sep 2021
Brazil election: is Jair Bolsonaro preparing to stage a coup?
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro speaks to supporters during a demonstration on Brazil's Independence Day on 7 September 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Brazil election: is Jair Bolsonaro preparing to stage a coup?

Opposition candidate now ‘clear favourite’ to win, but Bolsonaro’s behaviour is still cause for alarm
16 Sep 2021
Queen supports Black Lives Matter, senior royal aide claims
Queen Elizabeth II and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex on the balcony of Buckingham Palace
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Queen supports Black Lives Matter, senior royal aide claims

Official says race is ‘hot conversation topic’ in Royal Family after Sussexes’ ‘racist royal’ allegation
10 Sep 2021
America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: a retreat into isolationism?
President Biden
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America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: a retreat into isolationism?

‘In his selfish unilateralism’, Biden is no better than Trump, said The Daily Telegraph
10 Sep 2021
Abba returns: how the Swedish supergroup and their ‘Abba-tars’ are taking a chance on a reunion
Abba on stage
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Abba returns: how the Swedish supergroup and their ‘Abba-tars’ are taking a chance on a reunion

From next May, digital avatars of the foursome will be performing concerts in east London
10 Sep 2021
China’s war on celebrity: the Cultural Revolution 2.0?
Zhao Wei
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China’s war on celebrity: the Cultural Revolution 2.0?

Last week, the Chinese Communist Party published a diatribe against ‘popular celebrities’ who bring ‘chaos to the internet’
10 Sep 2021
Is sentencing a Nazi sympathiser to read Shakespeare an appropriate punishment?
Shakespeare books
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Is sentencing a Nazi sympathiser to read Shakespeare an appropriate punishment?

Judge seemed to think introducing student ‘to high culture’ would ‘magically make him a better person’ said The Daily Telegraph
9 Sep 2021
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