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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
Thousands ‘told to isolate in pinging error’
Matt Hancock and Boris Johnson
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Thousands ‘told to isolate in pinging error’

Source says Matt Hancock was privately told of the issue shortly before he resigned as health secretary
17 Aug 2021
Record 5.45m people on NHS waiting lists
Surgery at an NHS hospital
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Record 5.45m people on NHS waiting lists

Health chief warns that crisis is nearing ‘boiling point’ as backlog grows
13 Aug 2021
Covid testing: the ‘great new game of holiday roulette’
A sign pointing to a test centre at the Berlin Brandenburg Airport, pictured on 28 July 2021
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Covid testing: the ‘great new game of holiday roulette’

On one day last week, the price of a private PCR test ranged from £23.99 to £575
13 Aug 2021
Olympic sprinters and Ryanair planes: Belarus’s war on dissidents
A tribute to Vitaly Shishov
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Olympic sprinters and Ryanair planes: Belarus’s war on dissidents

For thousands of Belarusians living in exile, the message is chillingly clear: ‘no one is safe’
13 Aug 2021
Boris Johnson’s coal mines joke: is anyone laughing?
Boris Johnson visits the Scottish Power Carland Cross Windfarm
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Boris Johnson’s coal mines joke: is anyone laughing?

PM sparked fierce backlash by suggesting that Margaret Thatcher helped decarbonise the economy by closing coal mines
12 Aug 2021
Fires, floods and storms: America’s ‘permanent emergency’ has begun
Vehicles and a home are engulfed in flames
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Fires, floods and storms: America’s ‘permanent emergency’ has begun

This summer of climate horror feels like the ‘first, vertiginous 15 minutes of a disaster movie’, says The New York Times
6 Aug 2021
The X Factor: farewell to Simon Cowell’s talent circus
Simon Cowell being interviewed
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The X Factor: farewell to Simon Cowell’s talent circus

The talent show hadn’t actually been on air since 2018, but its death knell was officially sounded last week
6 Aug 2021
Is the UK acting too slowly on climate change?
Activists hold banners and placards in Parliament Square
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Is the UK acting too slowly on climate change?

‘Every day, new evidence accumulates that humanity is on an unsustainable path’
6 Aug 2021
Crackdown in Tunisia: a dying democracy?
Tunisian President Kais Saied
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Crackdown in Tunisia: a dying democracy?

President Kais Saied’s seizing of power suggests he plans to ‘eliminate any oversight and all obstacles to his rule’
5 Aug 2021
Cronyism and the Conservatives: is the UK’s democracy for sale?
 Boris Johnson and Ben Elliot
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Cronyism and the Conservatives: is the UK’s democracy for sale?

‘If this was happening in Iraq, Zimbabwe or Venezuela, we’d call it what it is: corruption’
5 Aug 2021
Liverpool stripped of Unesco status: could this ‘logical conclusion’ turn out to be a good thing?
The Liverpool waterfront
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Liverpool stripped of Unesco status: could this ‘logical conclusion’ turn out to be a good thing?

Last week, a committee in China voted to strip the city of its World Heritage status, citing ‘irreversible’ damage
30 Jul 2021
Northern Ireland Protocol friction: who’s to blame?
A protest
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Northern Ireland Protocol friction: who’s to blame?

No one seriously thinks that this is really about British sausages ‘sneaking into Co Donegal’, says The Sunday Telegraph
30 Jul 2021
A ‘paltry’ 3% pay rise for the NHS: do nurses deserve more?
Nurse protesting with placard reading 'NHS staff deserve fair pay'
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A ‘paltry’ 3% pay rise for the NHS: do nurses deserve more?

Even in normal times, the issue of nurses’ pay is ‘politically volatile’
29 Jul 2021
New books depict Trump ‘consumed by personal hatred’
Donald Trump on stage
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New books depict Trump ‘consumed by personal hatred’

A slew of recent releases claim Trump prepared to desecrate the constitution to stay in power
29 Jul 2021
‘Almost impossible to halt’: should UK have handed France £54m to crack down on migrant Channel crossings?
An inflatable boat carrying migrants
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‘Almost impossible to halt’: should UK have handed France £54m to crack down on migrant Channel crossings?

French authorities insist that they will not stop boats at sea, or accept back migrants from the UK
29 Jul 2021
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
Cars queue to enter Gibraltar
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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
UK music festivals: which events are going ahead?
music festivals
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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
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’?
A lobster pictured in a restaurant
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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
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