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What a no-deal Brexit could look like for the UK
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In Depth

What a no-deal Brexit could look like for the UK

What do the extended Brexit talks mean?
Boris Johnson give a thumbs-up gestures as he greets Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan.
In Brief

What do the extended Brexit talks mean?

Why everyone’s talking about the EU’s no-deal Brexit plans
EU leaders meet for the final European Summit of the year in Brussels.
In Depth

Why everyone’s talking about the EU’s no-deal Brexit plans

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A look back at Queen Elizabeth’s ‘no-fuss’ approach to illness
The Queen at a reception at Windsor Castle
In Depth

A look back at Queen Elizabeth’s ‘no-fuss’ approach to illness

The monarch has skipped relatively few engagements over the years
27 Oct 2021
‘Japan’s Meghan Markle’: Princess Mako gives up title to wed ‘commoner’ sweetheart
Princess Mako wearing traditional clothes at a royal ceremony
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‘Japan’s Meghan Markle’: Princess Mako gives up title to wed ‘commoner’ sweetheart

Former royal planning move to New York after row over marriage triggered PTSD
26 Oct 2021
What are femcels?
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What are femcels?

Growing community at odds with male incel movement and its connection to violence
21 Oct 2021
Sussex University condemns ‘bullying’ campaign against ‘transphobic’ professor
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Behind the scenes

Sussex University condemns ‘bullying’ campaign against ‘transphobic’ professor

Vice chancellor defends Kathleen Stock against ‘disturbing’ attack on ‘academic freedoms’
8 Oct 2021
Is Insulate Britain the wrong group to sell the right message?
Insulate Britain protest
Today’s big question

Is Insulate Britain the wrong group to sell the right message?

Extinction Rebellion offshoot has blocked junctions of M25 to demand immediate action on home insulation
30 Sep 2021
What is manifesting?
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Getting to grips with . . .

What is manifesting?

Gen Z social media users say the spiritual practice is changing their lives
29 Sep 2021
The women of Greenham Common and their legacy 40 years on
Peace campaigners wave as their caravan is taken away from outside the gates of Greenham Common on 5 September 2000
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The women of Greenham Common and their legacy 40 years on

How did a peace camp first established in Berkshire in 1981 become the largest women’s protest since the suffragettes?
17 Sep 2021

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The ethics of having children in the age of climate change
Extinction Rebellion
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The ethics of having children in the age of climate change

International survey finds one in four young people ‘hesitant’ about starting families amid global warming fears
16 Sep 2021
Charlotte Johnson Wahl dies: from painter to PM’s ‘supreme authority’
Charlotte Johnson Wahl being interviewed for 2013 documentary Boris Johnson: The Irresistible Rise
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Charlotte Johnson Wahl dies: from painter to PM’s ‘supreme authority’

Boris Johnson’s mother passed away in hospital at age of 79
14 Sep 2021
Why Prince Andrew is staying silent over sex assault claims
Prince Andrew
Behind the scenes

Why Prince Andrew is staying silent over sex assault claims

Duke of York’s legal team reportedly instructed him ‘to refuse any request’ to discuss Virginia Roberts Giuffre’s lawsuit
13 Sep 2021
Five big problems with the UK’s childcare system
Boris Johnson visits a nursery in west London
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Five big problems with the UK’s childcare system

Childcare costs under the spotlight in parliament today as parents forced to choose ‘between child and career’
13 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
In Brief

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
‘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
Finding Freedom: who wrote book on Duke and Duchess of Sussex?
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle
Behind the scenes

Finding Freedom: who wrote book on Duke and Duchess of Sussex?

New edition reveals Prince Harry and Meghan Markle considered revealing ‘racist royal’
27 Aug 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
‘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
How the 2011 London riots unfolded
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How the 2011 London riots unfolded

A decade has passed since the capital experienced the biggest riots in modern English history
4 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
‘Ooh ’eck’: why northern accents are at risk of being wiped out
Last of the Summer Wine
Stranger than fiction

‘Ooh ’eck’: why northern accents are at risk of being wiped out

Scientists forecast that southern speech patterns will begin to take over
29 Jul 2021
What are gender-critical beliefs?
Weight lifter Laurel Hubbard
Today’s big question

What are gender-critical beliefs?

Judge-led panel ruled that such views should be protected under the Equality Act
27 Jul 2021
First Nation graves discoveries turn spotlight on Canada’s colonial past
First Nation Canadians gather for a vigil on the site of a burial site in Saskatchewan
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First Nation graves discoveries turn spotlight on Canada’s colonial past

Human remains unearthed at former residential school in British Columbia adds to growing tally found across the country
2 Jul 2021
Working from home: is it grinding us down?
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Working from home: is it grinding us down?

Surveys suggest a large majority have enjoyed remote working, but others say it is not conducive to an innovative, collaborative culture
24 Jun 2021
Meghan Markle braced for ‘brutal showdown’
 Meghan and Harry in 2020
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Meghan Markle braced for ‘brutal showdown’

Sources say Duchess of Sussex will demand Palace hands over ‘point-by-point’ details of alleged wrongdoing
22 Jun 2021
A brief history of human cannibalism
Fiji village
In Focus

A brief history of human cannibalism

Madrid arrest brings focus on historic practice
18 Jun 2021
Children’s social care system a ‘Jenga tower held together by Sellotape’
Baby P memorial
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Children’s social care system a ‘Jenga tower held together by Sellotape’

State intervention too often focused on ‘assessment and investigation’ and not support
17 Jun 2021
Should ‘empire’ be dropped from the UK’s honour titles?
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Should ‘empire’ be dropped from the UK’s honour titles?

‘Excellence Not Empire’ campaign calls for gongs to be distanced from colonial past
11 Jun 2021
Stonewall: a champion or a bully?
Trans Pride protest
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Stonewall: a champion or a bully?

Britain’s largest LGBT charity is in deep trouble because of its stance on gender identity
10 Jun 2021
What is ecocide?
Woman hugging a tree
Getting to grips with . . .

What is ecocide?

Campaigners call for environmental destruction to be viewed as legally akin to war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity
2 Jun 2021
Can the Scouts movement survive after the pandemic?
Bear Grylls, chief scout
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Can the Scouts movement survive after the pandemic?

Lockdowns trigger sharp drop in young members and adult volunteers
28 May 2021
The rise of the social media influencer
US model Bella Hadid poses for a selfie while getting ready backstage for the Victoria's Secret fashion show
In Depth

The rise of the social media influencer

Who exactly are they? And why are they always going to Dubai?
20 May 2021
The clockwork universe: is free will an illusion?
The astronomical clock at the Cathedral Church of Saint Paul
In Depth

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
Changing legal gender: what’s new and how does it work?
The transgender flag
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Changing legal gender: what’s new and how does it work?

Cost of a gender recognition certificate application is reduced from £140 to £5
6 May 2021
Revealed: Prince Philip was fascinated by UFOs
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Tall Tales

Revealed: Prince Philip was fascinated by UFOs

And other stories from the stranger side of life
13 Apr 2021
Queen ‘to hire diversity chief’ to modernise monarchy
The Queen and Meghan Markle
Behind the scenes

Queen ‘to hire diversity chief’ to modernise monarchy

Palace seeking ‘independent views” on how to better represent ethnic minorities, disabled people and LGBTQ+ communities
22 Mar 2021
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