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The clockwork universe: is free will an illusion?
The astronomical clock at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul
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The clockwork universe: is free will an illusion?

A growing chorus of scientists and philosophers argue that free will does not exist. Could they be right, asks Oliver Burkeman
14 May 2021
What Britain can learn from Japan and Germany’s social care systems
Elderly people
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What Britain can learn from Japan and Germany’s social care systems

In both countries new taxes were introduced to pay for comprehensive care
13 May 2021
Is Covid success story Taiwan on brink of an outbreak?
Commuters wearing face masks board a train in Taipei
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Is Covid success story Taiwan on brink of an outbreak?

Authorities considering upping alert level as cluster of untraced domestic infections reported
13 May 2021
How to avert a future pandemic
Nurses
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How to avert a future pandemic

Preventative measures should include enhanced surveillance, reporting and intergovernmental cooperation
12 May 2021
What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
Lightning
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What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Young boy dies after being struck by lightning in Blackpool field
12 May 2021
Is Macron losing control of his military over an Islamism revolt?
Emmanuel Macron
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Is Macron losing control of his military over an Islamism revolt?

Thousands of soldiers sign letter claiming nation is on brink of civil war following ‘surrender to Islamists’
12 May 2021
What is the ‘black fungus’ killing Covid patients?
Indian hospital
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What is the ‘black fungus’ killing Covid patients?

India reporting surge in fatal mucormycosis infections in people who have recovered from coronavirus
11 May 2021
The five biggest changes to life in England from 17 May
A group of women dine outdoors
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The five biggest changes to life in England from 17 May

The prime minister announces a return to hugs, indoor dining and some foreign travel from next week
10 May 2021
Why has East Jerusalem erupted into violence?
Palestinians flee from Israeli security forces near the Al-Aqsa mosque
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Why has East Jerusalem erupted into violence?

Tensions rise amid anger at threatened expulsion of Palestinian families
10 May 2021
Fact check: does a pint a day really keep the doctor away?
binge drinking
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Fact check: does a pint a day really keep the doctor away?

One alcoholic drink per day cuts risk of fatal heart disease by 20%, study finds
7 May 2021
What Covid vaccine patent waiver would mean for global rollout
A medical worker draws up a Covid vaccine in New Dehli, India
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What Covid vaccine patent waiver would mean for global rollout

US is backing plan to suspend protections in order to boost coronavirus jabs supply
7 May 2021
Outdated routers ‘pose hacking risk’ to millions of internet users
An internet router modem
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Outdated routers ‘pose hacking risk’ to millions of internet users

New research suggests two-thirds of older network devices in use in UK may have security flaws
6 May 2021
What next for Netanyahu amid Israel’s political stalemate?
Benjamin Netanyahu
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What next for Netanyahu amid Israel’s political stalemate?

Prime minister battling to retain power as deadline to form coalition passes
6 May 2021
Scottish election results: the repercussions for the future of the UK
Nicola Sturgeon on the campaign trail in Insch
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Scottish election results: the repercussions for the future of the UK

SNP majority will boost Sturgeon’s calls for second independence referendum
5 May 2021
London mayoral race 2021: who will win?
Night Tube Sadiq Khan
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London mayoral race 2021: who will win?

Londoners head to the polls after vote delayed by pandemic
5 May 2021
How can Joe Biden solve the US-Mexican border problem?
US border guards with a group of detained migrants
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How can Joe Biden solve the US-Mexican border problem?

President angers Republicans by ditching Trump-era migrant cap
5 May 2021
Timeline of the battle to free Britney Spears
Britney Spears attends an awards ceremony in Los Angeles in April 2018
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Timeline of the battle to free Britney Spears

The singer has been under ‘conservatorship’ since her public breakdown in 2008
4 May 2021
Colombia erupts into violence amid pandemic tax rise protests
Protesters clash with riot police in Bogota
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Colombia erupts into violence amid pandemic tax rise protests

Police crackdown on demonstrations against poverty, unemployment and rising inequality leave 19 dead
4 May 2021
German intelligence turns spotlight on Covid conspiracy theorists
German riot police clash with Querdenker protesters in Leipzig
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German intelligence turns spotlight on Covid conspiracy theorists

Security services target ‘Querdenker’ movement behind violent anti-lockdown protests
30 Apr 2021
Five things you may not know about Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris
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Five things you may not know about Kamala Harris

US vice president is also children’s author, culinary connoisseur and seasoned breaker of ‘firsts’
30 Apr 2021
How China is dividing Five Eyes allies
Jacinda Ardern alongside Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta
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How China is dividing Five Eyes allies

Five Eyes allies at odds over Wellington’s decision to ditch aggressive stance to Beijing
29 Apr 2021
What is cultural appropriation - and how can you spot it?
Justin Bieber
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What is cultural appropriation - and how can you spot it?

Justin Bieber accused of insensitivity after debuting new hairstyle
28 Apr 2021
The port city at the epicentre of India’s Covid catastrophe
A Covid patient breathes with the help of oxygen in a tent outside a Sikh Gurdwara
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The port city at the epicentre of India’s Covid catastrophe

Half of all people getting tested in Kolkata are positive for coronavirus
28 Apr 2021
What next in the battle to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe?
Richard Ratcliffe during a vigil outside the Iranian embassy in London
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What next in the battle to free Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe?

British-Iranian mother jailed for a further year after being found guilty of ‘propaganda’
27 Apr 2021
Who is Carrie Symonds - and how much power does she wield?
Carrie Symonds
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Who is Carrie Symonds - and how much power does she wield?

Zac Goldsmith rebuffs claims that Boris Johnson’s fiancee has too much influence in No. 10
26 Apr 2021
Indian government ‘hiding true Covid death toll’
A man in PPE looks on as funeral pyres burn
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Indian government ‘hiding true Covid death toll’

Witnesses claim many coronavirus fatalities are not being recorded as double mutation triggers healthcare crisis
26 Apr 2021
How Malta’s golden passports give the wealthy an EU backdoor
A superyacht in the Grand Harbour in Valletta, Malta
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How Malta’s golden passports give the wealthy an EU backdoor

Applicants leave homes empty while claiming ‘genuine link’ for EU passport
23 Apr 2021
Oscars predictions 2021: who will win the top awards?
Nomadland stars Frances McDormand
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Oscars predictions 2021: who will win the top awards?

Nomadland tipped to dominate this year’s Academy Awards
21 Apr 2021
What happened to Lord Mountbatten?
Lord Mountbatten
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What happened to Lord Mountbatten?

Prince Philip’s uncle was killed in an IRA attack in 1979
20 Apr 2021
Is Germany on the verge of electing its first Green chancellor?
Green party candidate for German chancellor Annalena Baerbock
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Is Germany on the verge of electing its first Green chancellor?

Polls put the left-wing party just behind Angela Merkel’s CDU
20 Apr 2021
How hiking health workers made Bhutan a vaccine world leader
A Buddhist monk receives a vaccine below an image of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck
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How hiking health workers made Bhutan a vaccine world leader

Army of volunteers inoculate more than half of population in just seven days
19 Apr 2021
European Super League explained
The Super League
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European Super League explained

Premier League’s ‘big six’ sign up as founder members of breakaway tournament
19 Apr 2021
The great reopening 
Shoppers get their retail fix on Oxford Street in London on 12 April
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The great reopening 

Spirits are high as consumers are unleashed, but recovery depends on other factors too
16 Apr 2021
Why Denmark is stripping Syrians of residency
Refugees arriving in Lesbos, Greece, in 2015
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Why Denmark is stripping Syrians of residency

Copenhagen orders refugees back to Damascus claiming security has ‘improved significantly’
16 Apr 2021
Sweden: Covid outlier to Europe’s most infected country
State Epidemiologist Anders Tegnell
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Sweden: Covid outlier to Europe’s most infected country

Region declares ‘personal lockdown’ as patients in ICU hits new high
14 Apr 2021
Iranian-Israeli tensions mount after strike on Natanz nuclear site
Natanz nuclear enrichment facility
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Iranian-Israeli tensions mount after strike on Natanz nuclear site

Tehran vows revenge as attack sets back nuclear programme ‘by at least nine months’
14 Apr 2021