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2020 Quiz of the Year
Quiz of the year
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2020 Quiz of the Year

Have you been paying attention to the year’s biggest events?
26 Dec 2020
What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?
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What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?

The song has become a Christmas classic - but here is what the days actually represent
15 Dec 2020
France launches raids in crackdown on ‘political Islam’
Emmanuel Macron pictured with French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin
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France launches raids in crackdown on ‘political Islam’

Interior minister says inspections are part of ‘massive action against separatism’
4 Dec 2020
Explained: Macron’s dispute with Pakistan over school IDs
Emmanuel Macron speaks during a videoconference
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Explained: Macron’s dispute with Pakistan over school IDs

France demands apology for ‘blatant lies’ following Pakistani minister’s ‘Nazi’ allegations
23 Nov 2020
The Week Unwrapped: Viral faith and mythical prejudice
Ultra orthodox Jews pray at the tomb of Reb Nachman of Breslov, founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement
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The Week Unwrapped: Viral faith and mythical prejudice

Is religion helping to spread the pandemic? Why are Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting? And are legends and fairytales inevitably non-PC?
13 Nov 2020
Why everybody’s talking about Macron and the Muslim world
Emmanuel Macron pays his respects by the coffin of Samuel Paty's inside Sorbonne University's, Paris.
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Why everybody’s talking about Macron and the Muslim world

Protests break out across the Middle East over French president’s ‘crackdown’ on Islam
28 Oct 2020
French rally in support of free speech after teacher murder
A rally in defence of free speech is held in Paris, France
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French rally in support of free speech after teacher murder

Thousands attend marches to honour Samuel Paty following killing on Friday
19 Oct 2020

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Peerage for first black Archbishop ‘imminent’ following snub
Ex-Archbishop of York John Sentamu
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Peerage for first black Archbishop ‘imminent’ following snub

John Sentamu’s absence from honours list triggered accusations of ‘institutional prejudice’
19 Oct 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘nothing sticks’ to Trump’ - until now
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Instant Opinion: ‘nothing sticks’ to Trump’ - until now

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Friday 11 September
11 Sep 2020
Stressed zoo elephants to be given cannabis in new trial
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Stressed zoo elephants to be given cannabis in new trial

And other stories from the stranger side of life
27 Aug 2020
Why everybody’s talking about the 48-hour Twitter boycott
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Why everybody’s talking about the 48-hour Twitter boycott

Social media users stage 48-hour ‘walkout’ in protest against platform’s response to anti-Jewish tirade
29 Jul 2020
What is breast ironing and how common is it in the UK?
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What is breast ironing and how common is it in the UK?

School says sorry for asking children as young as 11 to research the harmful practice
15 Jun 2020
52 ideas that changed the world - 51. Islam
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52 ideas that changed the world - 51. Islam

Followers of the religion make up a quarter of the global population
12 Jun 2020
Instant Opinion: Cummings ‘makes the public feel like fools’
Dominic Cummings
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Instant Opinion: Cummings ‘makes the public feel like fools’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 26 May
26 May 2020
Ukrainian police demand names and addresses of city’s Jews
Ultra orthodox Jews pray at the tomb of Reb Nachman of Breslov, founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement
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Ukrainian police demand names and addresses of city’s Jews

Jewish leader says last such demand was ‘during the German occupation’
12 May 2020
What is St George’s Day?
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What is St George’s Day?

Celebrations for England’s legendary dragon slayer are normally a subdued affair
23 Apr 2020
When does Ramadan start in 2020?
Asian Muslims break their fast in a food hall on the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, 14 September 2007. The world's 1.2 billion Muslims marked the first Friday of the holy
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When does Ramadan start in 2020?

The holiest month in the Islamic calendar sees Muslims undertake a 30-day fast
20 Apr 2020
Oxford professor arrested for theft of ancient Bible shards
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Oxford professor arrested for theft of ancient Bible shards

Academic has described the allegations as a ‘malicious attempt’ to harm his career
17 Apr 2020
Easter 2020: why do we celebrate with eggs and bunnies?
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Easter 2020: why do we celebrate with eggs and bunnies?

A look at some of the weird and wonderful Easter traditions past and present
9 Apr 2020
Cardinal George Pell walks free after convictions overturned
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Cardinal George Pell walks free after convictions overturned

Former Vatican treasurer was serving a six-year sentence for child sex abuse
7 Apr 2020
When is Passover 2020 and how will it be celebrated?
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When is Passover 2020 and how will it be celebrated?

This year’s Jewish holiday looks set to be unique, with millions of people under lockdown measures
7 Apr 2020
What is the Hajj and will it be cancelled?
Muslim pilgrims wait for the start of prayers at the Grand Mosque in Mecca during the hajj
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What is the Hajj and will it be cancelled?

Two million people expected to take part in annual Islamic pilgrimage
1 Apr 2020
Israel’s ultra-Orthodox ‘ignoring coronavirus measures’
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Israel’s ultra-Orthodox ‘ignoring coronavirus measures’

Government considers quarantining devout neighbourhoods as infection rate soars
1 Apr 2020
Instant Opinion: ‘The worst thing about having coronavirus’
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Instant Opinion: ‘The worst thing about having coronavirus’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Thursday 19 March
19 Mar 2020
Purim 2020: what is the Jewish holiday?
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Purim 2020: what is the Jewish holiday?

Joyous, boozy festival has been dubbed the ‘Jewish Mardi Gras’
9 Mar 2020
The meaning of Lent - and ten popular things to give up
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The meaning of Lent - and ten popular things to give up

From coffee to complaining, Lent offers a unique opportunity to give up our vices
24 Feb 2020
Pope Francis steps back from allowing married priests
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Pope Francis steps back from allowing married priests

Progressives hoped the pontiff would make an exception to the 1,000-year-old tradition in the Amazon region
13 Feb 2020
Archbishop labels Church ‘institutionally racist’
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Archbishop labels Church ‘institutionally racist’

Justin Welby says he is “ashamed of our history and our failure”
12 Feb 2020
Former Jehovah’s Witnesses sue over historic sex abuse
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Former Jehovah’s Witnesses sue over historic sex abuse

Group’s controversial ‘two witnesses’ policy has come under fire
5 Feb 2020
Instant Opinion: Isis is ‘very happy’ amid chaos in Iraq
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Instant Opinion: Isis is ‘very happy’ amid chaos in Iraq

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 14 January
14 Jan 2020
Retired Pope Benedict warns against relaxing celibacy rules
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Retired Pope Benedict warns against relaxing celibacy rules

Benedict says he ‘cannot keep silent’ on the issue in new book
14 Jan 2020
Why Italians have less sex when the Pope’s in town
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Why Italians have less sex when the Pope’s in town

New study reveals drop in unintended pregnancies following papal visits
7 Jan 2020
Instant Opinion: this year’s Golden Globes ‘missed the mark’
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Instant Opinion: this year’s Golden Globes ‘missed the mark’

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Tuesday 7 January
7 Jan 2020
What is Hanukkah? The story behind the Jewish holiday
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 06:Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal lights a menorah on the sixth day of Hanukkah at the Orthodox synagogue at the Chabad-Lubavitch Jewish Education Center on December 6, 2010
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What is Hanukkah? The story behind the Jewish holiday

One of the most important festivals in the Jewish calendar began on Sunday
23 Dec 2019
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