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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

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Why discomfort could save pandas from extinction
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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
Texas’s abortion law: the Republicans get their way, at last
Protesters hold up signs at a protest outside the Texas state capitol on 29 May 2021
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Texas’s abortion law: the Republicans get their way, at last

SB8 authorises private citizens to sue anyone who performs, ‘aids or abets’ an abortion after six weeks of pregnancy
9 Sep 2021
The rise of Isis-K, the Islamist terrorist group with ‘merciless’ tactics
Tributes to the victims of the 26 August suicide bombing at Kabul airport, displayed on a street in Mumbai
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The rise of Isis-K, the Islamist terrorist group with ‘merciless’ tactics

Last week it claimed responsibility for the ‘dramatic assault’ on Kabul airport – an attack that killed up to 170 people
3 Sep 2021
Cristiano Ronaldo’s second coming
Ronaldo
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Cristiano Ronaldo’s second coming

Last week, Manchester United re-signed the forward on a two-year deal thought to be worth more than £400,000 a week
2 Sep 2021
‘Turning down her smut setting’: how Nigella Lawson is cleaning up her recipes
Nigella Lawson
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‘Turning down her smut setting’: how Nigella Lawson is cleaning up her recipes

Last week, the TV cook announced she was axing the word ‘slut’ from her recipe for Slut Red Raspberries in Chardonnay Jelly
2 Sep 2021
Vaccinating children: it’s decision time for the health secretary as kids return to school
A school preparing for children to return back in March 2021
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Vaccinating children: it’s decision time for the health secretary as kids return to school

Sajid Javid readying NHS England to roll out jab for children over 12, amid fears infections will rocket
2 Sep 2021
The safest and the most dangerous countries in the world
Taliban fighters on the streets of Kabul
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The safest and the most dangerous countries in the world

Afghanistan named the least peaceful, while Iceland continues to hold top spot as safest country
1 Sep 2021
Daniel Craig’s dilemma: the latest ‘public display of virtuous disinheritance’?
Daniel Craig
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Daniel Craig’s dilemma: the latest ‘public display of virtuous disinheritance’?

Last week, the James Bond actor said he does not plan to leave ‘great sums’ of his estimated £116m fortune to his daughters
27 Aug 2021
Supermarket sweep: investors go ‘wild in the aisles’
Sainsbury’s supermarket
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Supermarket sweep: investors go ‘wild in the aisles’

The excitement around Morrisons is proving ‘contagious’ – is Sainsbury’s next?
27 Aug 2021
The Scottish National Party and the Greens: a ‘joyous’ union?
Nicola Sturgeon holds a media briefing with Scottish Greens co-leaders Patrick Harvie and Lorna Slater at Bute House on 20 August 2021 in Edinburgh
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The Scottish National Party and the Greens: a ‘joyous’ union?

This ‘cynical alliance’ has only one aim, says the New Statesman: bolstering Nicola Sturgeon’s case for a second referendum
26 Aug 2021
Exploring Israel’s fourth Covid wave
A health worker takes a swab sample for Covid-19 rapid antigen testing in Tel Aviv on 24 August 2021
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Exploring Israel’s fourth Covid wave

Two months ago, face masks were consigned to bins. Now the country is in a ‘unique moment of epidemiological doubt’
26 Aug 2021
‘Peak wonky wokery’: Tiger Who Came to Tea sparks fierce debate
An annotated page from Judith Kerr’s The Tiger Who Came to Tea
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‘Peak wonky wokery’: Tiger Who Came to Tea sparks fierce debate

Charity provoked backlash after claiming beloved 1968 book reinforces ‘harmful’ gender stereotypes
25 Aug 2021
Brexit and Covid threaten Christmas turkeys
Turkeys
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Brexit and Covid threaten Christmas turkeys

Supply is predicted to drop by 20% this festive season owing to staff shortages
20 Aug 2021
Taliban ‘tortured and massacred’ Hazara men
Afghan army cadets dress as Taliban fighters during an exercise
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Taliban ‘tortured and massacred’ Hazara men

Amnesty International says killings prove minorities are at risk from Afghanistan rulers
20 Aug 2021
BHP: London’s lost bauble
BHP Mt Arthur coal mine in Australia
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BHP: London’s lost bauble

Anglo-Australian mining giant is shifting its primary stock-listing to Sydney 
19 Aug 2021
The looming refugee crisis
Afghan people sit as they wait to leave Kabul airport
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The looming refugee crisis

Exodus has sparked panic among Western leaders
19 Aug 2021
Bob Dylan v. JC: the sexual assault claim against singer
Bob Dylan
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Bob Dylan v. JC: the sexual assault claim against singer

The Nobel-winning folk songwriter is accused of abusing 12-year-old girl in 1965
17 Aug 2021
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