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12 Aug 2022
House of the Dragon: what to expect from the Game of Thrones prequel
Emma D’Arcy and Matt Smith in House of the Dragon
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House of the Dragon: what to expect from the Game of Thrones prequel

Ten-part series, set 200 years before GoT, will show the incestuous decline of Targaryen
27 Jul 2022
Do politicians care about our children’s safety?
Children on the computer
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Do politicians care about our children’s safety?

Government’s Online Safety Bill has been shelved until at least the autumn and may even be scrapped
22 Jul 2022
What is the hottest UK temperature on record?
Visitors enjoy the hot weather in Harlyn Bay, Cornwall
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What is the hottest UK temperature on record?

New high of 41C is forecast after ‘red extreme heat warning’ issued by Met Office
18 Jul 2022
English literature: is it doomed?
Shakespeare book open
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English literature: is it doomed?

Arts and humanities courses are under attack thanks to a shift to ‘skills-led’ learning
8 Jul 2022
What we know about the Copenhagen mall shooting
Shoppers react after shooting spree
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What we know about the Copenhagen mall shooting

Lone gunman had mental health issues and not thought to have terror motive, police say
4 Jul 2022
Is tactical voting a threat to the Tories?
Ed Davey and Richard Foord
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Is tactical voting a threat to the Tories?

Pundits argue it’s ‘back with a vengeance’ – and could transform the electoral arithmetic
1 Jul 2022

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What happened to Zara Aleena?
Zara Aleena
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What happened to Zara Aleena?

Man charged after law graduate was attacked in Ilford on Sunday morning
29 Jun 2022
Rail strikes: is Britain on track for a ‘summer of discontent’?
Trains across the UK could come to a standstill from June
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Rail strikes: is Britain on track for a ‘summer of discontent’?

The ‘biggest rail strike in modern history’ is planned for next week
17 Jun 2022
The world’s safest and most dangerous countries
Taliban fighters on the streets of Kabul
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The world’s safest and most dangerous countries

Ukraine drops down the Global Peace Index as Afghanistan remains at the bottom of the list
15 Jun 2022
One in 20 young Americans identify as trans or non-binary
The transgender flag
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One in 20 young Americans identify as trans or non-binary

New research suggests that 44% of US adults know someone who is transgender
10 Jun 2022
Neanderthal gene ‘caused up to a million Covid deaths’
Neanderthal man at the Natural History Museum
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Neanderthal gene ‘caused up to a million Covid deaths’

Genetic tweak found in one in six Britons means cells in the lungs are slower to launch defences
10 Jun 2022
Why Britain is currently in the grip of an ‘employment crisis’
Closed sign on a pub
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Why Britain is currently in the grip of an ‘employment crisis’

Britain is currently in the grip of an ‘employment crisis’
3 Jun 2022
Is Henry Kissinger right about Ukraine?
Henry Kissinger on a screen
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Is Henry Kissinger right about Ukraine?

The US statesman made a controversial speech at a virtual Davos appearance last week
1 Jun 2022
Texas shooting: parents turn anger on police
A family sits outside Robb Elementary School with a police officer looking on
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Texas shooting: parents turn anger on police

Officers had to be urged to enter building where gunman killed 21 people
27 May 2022
Inside the ‘Conservative staffers for change’ group
Boris Johnson
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Inside the ‘Conservative staffers for change’ group

Scandals on the parliamentary estate ‘taking toll’ on staff of politicians
26 May 2022
Is Joe Biden taking a tougher stance on Taiwan?
President Joe Biden in meeting
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Is Joe Biden taking a tougher stance on Taiwan?

Eyebrows raised after president said US would intervene militarily if China attacked
26 May 2022
The cheapest and most expensive areas to rent in the UK
UK housing
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The cheapest and most expensive areas to rent in the UK

The cost of renting is hitting record highs – but it’s not the same everywhere
25 May 2022
How the Taliban is rolling back the freedoms of the past 20 years
A burqa-clad woman
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How the Taliban is rolling back the freedoms of the past 20 years

Supreme leader has now announced that all women must cover their faces in public
20 May 2022
Has the Conservative Party made the housing crisis worse?
Michael Gove
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Has the Conservative Party made the housing crisis worse?

The government was elected in 2019 on an ‘unrealistic’ pledge to build 300,000 homes a year
19 May 2022
Should phones be banned from the Commons?
Neil Parish
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Should phones be banned from the Commons?

Some would ‘do well to rethink their whole relationship to smartphones and social media’
13 May 2022
How likely is a united Ireland?
Sinn Féin deputy leader Michelle O'Neill with party leader Mary Lou McDonald
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How likely is a united Ireland?

Election campaign made little mention of republican party’s commitment to a border poll
9 May 2022
Will the energy war hurt Europe more than Russia?
Ursula von der Leyen
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Will the energy war hurt Europe more than Russia?

European Commission proposes a total ban on Russian oil
5 May 2022
Boris Johnson echoes Churchill in address to Ukraine parliament
Boris Johnson
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Boris Johnson echoes Churchill in address to Ukraine parliament

Prime minister tells Kyiv ‘Ukraine will win’ war against Russia
3 May 2022
Zelenskyy refused Kyiv evacuation
Volodymyr Zelenskyy during talks with UN General Secretary António Guterres
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Zelenskyy refused Kyiv evacuation

Ukrainian president turned down opportunity to leave capital despite threat to life, adviser claims
29 Apr 2022
What happened to Katie Kenyon?
Katie Kenyon
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What happened to Katie Kenyon?

Man charged as police search for missing 33-year-old last seen getting into van
28 Apr 2022
Will India turn on its old ally?
Narendra Modi with Boris Johnson
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Will India turn on its old ally?

Boris Johnson did not return with much to show for his trip, with the Ukraine war a major ‘obstacle’
28 Apr 2022
Liz Truss lays out Britain’s aims for Ukraine war
Liz Truss delivers a speech at Mansion House
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Liz Truss lays out Britain’s aims for Ukraine war

Foreign secretary reportedly fears that the conflict could continue for up to ten years
28 Apr 2022
DJ Tim Westwood denies multiple sexual misconduct allegations
Tim Westwood performs at Wireless Festival Day
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DJ Tim Westwood denies multiple sexual misconduct allegations

At least seven women accuse the radio and TV presenter of predatory behaviour dating back three decades
27 Apr 2022
Home Office worker accused of spiking mistress’s drink with abortion drug
The exterior of the Home Office
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Home Office worker accused of spiking mistress’s drink with abortion drug

Darren Burke had failed to convince his girlfriend to terminate pregnancy
26 Apr 2022
Johnson backs Rayner over Basic Instinct claims
Deputy Labour leader Angela Rayner
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Johnson backs Rayner over Basic Instinct claims

PM attacks ‘misogyny’ of paper’s claim that Labour deputy leader tries to distract him with leg-crossing ploy
25 Apr 2022
Brooklyn subway shooting: exploring New York’s ‘steep decline in law and order’
Artwork by a subway station
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Brooklyn subway shooting: exploring New York’s ‘steep decline in law and order’

Last week, a gunman set off smoke bombs and opened fire on a rush-hour train in the city
22 Apr 2022
Russia can still ‘win’ Ukraine war
Ukrainian soldiers guard a checkpoint outside Kyiv
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Russia can still ‘win’ Ukraine war

Vladimir Putin adjusts tactics after ‘humiliation’ for second phase of invasion
22 Apr 2022
The Turner Prize 2022: a ‘vintage’ shortlist?
Upside-down ice cream on plinth
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The Turner Prize 2022: a ‘vintage’ shortlist?

All four artists look towards ‘growth, revival and reinvention’ in their work
21 Apr 2022
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