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Quiz of The Week: 17 - 24 September
Kwasi Kwarteng
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 17 - 24 September

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
24 Sep 2021
What kind of mask works best against Delta?
An FFP2 mask
Getting to grips with . . .

What kind of mask works best against Delta?

Study shows surgical masks are more effective than cloth but are N95 and FFP2 the ones to have?
24 Sep 2021
Facebook: is it ‘monetising misery’?
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Why we’re talking about . . .

Facebook: is it ‘monetising misery’?

Leaked documents revealed the social network’s ‘corporate hypocrisy’ 
24 Sep 2021
North Korea and the limits of missile diplomacy
South Koreans watch the North Korean missile launch
The latest on . . .

North Korea and the limits of missile diplomacy

After ‘duelling’ missile tests on the Korean peninsula, North Korea’s intentions are harder than ever to read
24 Sep 2021
Trump, China and the general: an act of treachery?
Gen. Mark Milley: offered China assurances
Behind the scenes

Trump, China and the general: an act of treachery?

Gen. Mark Milley is accused of contacting his Chinese opposite number to prevent President Trump starting a nuclear war
24 Sep 2021
Number of centenarians rockets in UK
An elderly person’s hand
Tall Tales

Number of centenarians rockets in UK

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 Sep 2021
‘We’re running on empty’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘We’re running on empty’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
24 Sep 2021

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How Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s approval ratings compare now
Joe Biden
In Depth

How Joe Biden and Donald Trump’s approval ratings compare now

US president is being forced to deal with some of the same dynamics as his predecessor
23 Sep 2021
Why Operation Ark is under investigation
A dog rescued by Nowzad in Kabul
The latest on . . .

Why Operation Ark is under investigation

Charity watchdog says it is looking into the financial arrangements of the animal airlift from Afghanistan
23 Sep 2021
Aukus: the rift with France
French President Emmanuel Macron: ‘humiliation’
In Depth

Aukus: the rift with France

French fury over the new submarine pact has been something to behold
23 Sep 2021
Edible grasshopper sweets launched in Israel
Edible grasshoppers
Tall Tales

Edible grasshopper sweets launched in Israel

And other stories from the stranger side of life
23 Sep 2021
Hopes fade for UK-US trade deal: what’s the alternative?
Boris Johnson and Joe Biden in the White House
Today’s big question

Hopes fade for UK-US trade deal: what’s the alternative?

London eyeing US-Mexico-Canada pact but economists say benefits of joining would be extremely limited
22 Sep 2021
The countries where euthanasia is legal
Euthanasia injection
In Depth

The countries where euthanasia is legal

British Medical Association’s recent vote to adopt neutral stance on assisted dying could pave way for UK legalisation
22 Sep 2021
What is Cop26 and what could be achieved?
A climate change protest outside the Palace of Westminster
Fact file

What is Cop26 and what could be achieved?

Delegates expected to land in Scotland in matter of weeks
22 Sep 2021
What next for Angela Merkel?
Angela Merkel
In Depth

What next for Angela Merkel?

The second-longest serving chancellor in German history will remain in post until new government is formed
22 Sep 2021
Jesus ‘returns as a shark’
A shark
Tall Tales

Jesus ‘returns as a shark’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
22 Sep 2021
Backstage in the White House: what is at stake for Boris Johnson?
Boris Johnson in New York
Behind the scenes

Backstage in the White House: what is at stake for Boris Johnson?

Prime minister to travel by rail for meeting with ‘train nut’ president where Afghanistan and climate change will be discussed
21 Sep 2021
Evergrande: why China’s property crisis matters for the world
A housing complex by Evergrande
Getting to grips with . . .

Evergrande: why China’s property crisis matters for the world

Investors fear collapse of debt-laden firm could trigger global financial contagion
21 Sep 2021
Why discomfort could save pandas from extinction
A waving panda bear
In Brief

Why discomfort could save pandas from extinction

Experts say too much happiness can stop the bears from searching for new mates
21 Sep 2021
Woman discovers gynaecologist is her father
A doctor
Tall Tales

Woman discovers gynaecologist is her father

And other stories from the stranger side of life
21 Sep 2021
COP26: will China play ball on climate change?
Emissions in China
Today’s big question

COP26: will China play ball on climate change?

Fears grow that the world’s biggest greenhouse gas emitter will not co-operate at forthcoming climate talks
20 Sep 2021
Covax: what’s gone wrong in fight against vaccine nationalism?
Shipment of Covid vaccines donated through Covax arrives at Bolivian Air Force base in El Alto
Expert’s view

Covax: what’s gone wrong in fight against vaccine nationalism?

Covid jabs-sharing scheme set to miss 2021 target for sending urgently needed doses to poorer countries
20 Sep 2021
The most extreme weather events in 2021
Wildfire in Greece
In pictures

The most extreme weather events in 2021

Hundreds of lives have been claimed by devastating weather this year
20 Sep 2021
English-speaking ‘mystery woman’ found injured on rocks in Croatia
Mystery Croatia woman
Stranger than fiction

English-speaking ‘mystery woman’ found injured on rocks in Croatia

Police say she can’t remember her name or how she came to be on dangerous area of remote island
20 Sep 2021
Nixon told Elvis to spy on John Lennon
Richard Nixon and Elvis
Tall Tales

Nixon told Elvis to spy on John Lennon

And other stories from the stranger side of life
20 Sep 2021
Tech tiffs, shipping shortages and mammoth science projects
Former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes
Podcast

Tech tiffs, shipping shortages and mammoth science projects

Why has Elizabeth Holmes’ court case divided opinion? What is causing Ikea’s delivery tailbacks? And could wooly mammoths roam the earth again?
17 Sep 2021
Quiz of The Week: 11 - 17 September
New Foreign Secretary Liz Truss departs No. 10
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 11 - 17 September

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
17 Sep 2021
The arguments for and against an EU army
Ursula von der Leyen and Emmanuel Macron
Pros and cons

The arguments for and against an EU army

Ursula von der Leyen calls for bloc to become ‘part of the solution’ through military force
17 Sep 2021
Joe Biden: ‘a default president at the helm of a middling administration’
Joe Biden
In Brief

Joe Biden: ‘a default president at the helm of a middling administration’

He was supposed to deliver ‘a return to presidential normalcy’, but Biden’s administration is already struggling
17 Sep 2021
The weirdest things Brits do in the bathroom
A toilet roll
Tall Tales

The weirdest things Brits do in the bathroom

And other stories from the stranger side of life
17 Sep 2021
Brazil election: is Jair Bolsonaro preparing to stage a coup?
Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro speaks to supporters during a demonstration on Brazil's Independence Day on 7 September 2021 in Sao Paulo, Brazil
In Brief

Brazil election: is Jair Bolsonaro preparing to stage a coup?

Opposition candidate now ‘clear favourite’ to win, but Bolsonaro’s behaviour is still cause for alarm
16 Sep 2021
Aukus: the new security pact between UK, US and Australia explained
Joe Biden announces Aukus pact
Getting to grips with . . .

Aukus: the new security pact between UK, US and Australia explained

The deal to counter China will allow Australia to build nuclear submarines for the first time
16 Sep 2021
Al-Qaeda rebuilding to plan US attacks within ‘two years’
A Taliban fighter stands guard at Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul
In Depth

Al-Qaeda rebuilding to plan US attacks within ‘two years’

Terror group is recovering after occupation and drone attacks diminished its threat
16 Sep 2021
How Asia’s leaders triggered the world’s most rapid arms race
A 2015 military parade in Beijing, China
In Depth

How Asia’s leaders triggered the world’s most rapid arms race

North Korea dominates headlines but neighbouring nations are also stockpiling arms
16 Sep 2021
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