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Can Biden break the US gun lobby?
Joe Biden delivers a speech at the White House
Between the lines

Can Biden break the US gun lobby?

Fresh calls for tighter firearms control following second-deadliest school shooting in US history
25 May 2022
France rocked by government disability rape scandal
Damien Abad leaves the first meeting of Emmanuel Macron’s new cabinet at the Élysée Palace
In Depth

France rocked by government disability rape scandal

Minister in Emmanuel Macron’s new government accused of raping two women
25 May 2022
‘PM seeks to throw off Partygate with windfall tax’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘PM seeks to throw off Partygate with windfall tax’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
25 May 2022
Jaws actor becomes police chief on island where movie was filmed
A shark
Tall Tales

Jaws actor becomes police chief on island where movie was filmed

And other stories from the stranger side of life
25 May 2022
Is Russian President Vladimir Putin seriously ill?
Vladimir Putin
Why we’re talking about . . .

Is Russian President Vladimir Putin seriously ill?

Former MI6 chief suggests Russian leader may be forced into a sanatorium
24 May 2022
Why is China cracking down on Uighur Muslims?
uighurs-china-2.jpg
Fact file

Why is China cracking down on Uighur Muslims?

Police leak provides new insight into Beijing’s mass incarceration system
24 May 2022
Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard: what has happened so far
Amber Heard
In Depth

Johnny Depp v. Amber Heard: what has happened so far

Hollywood stars back in court after break in second libel case
24 May 2022

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A look back at Johnny Depp’s wives and partners
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp
Behind the scenes

A look back at Johnny Depp’s wives and partners

Supermodel Kate Moss is due to testify in court about her relationship with the Hollywood actor
24 May 2022
Are assassins trying to kill Putin?
Vladimir Putin hosting a meeting in the Kremlin via video link
Behind the scenes

Are assassins trying to kill Putin?

Ukraine’s head of intelligence claims Russian president has been target of hit
24 May 2022
Will West Bank evictions trigger Israeli-Palestinian clashes?
A Palestinian man demonstrates against the evictions
Getting to grips with . . .

Will West Bank evictions trigger Israeli-Palestinian clashes?

Palestinians in Masafer Yatta – or Firing Zone 918 to the Israelis – have lost a decade-long legal battle
24 May 2022
The ‘wet bulb’ temperatures behind unprecedented heatwaves
A man tries to escape from a severe heatwave in Kolkata, India
Getting to grips with . . .

The ‘wet bulb’ temperatures behind unprecedented heatwaves

Heat and humidity combine to create deadly conditions that will only get more common
24 May 2022
‘Dream-enactment’ soars during pandemic
The feet of a person sleeping in a bed
Tall Tales

‘Dream-enactment’ soars during pandemic

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 May 2022
What would happen if China invaded Taiwan?
Chinese troops on mobile rocket launchers during a parade in Beijing
Fact file

What would happen if China invaded Taiwan?

US would defend Taipei if attacked by Beijing
23 May 2022
The religious leader providing ‘spiritual cover’ for Putin’s war
Patriarch Kirill I
Profile

The religious leader providing ‘spiritual cover’ for Putin’s war

Patriarch Kirill I facing EU sanctions over support for Ukraine invasion
23 May 2022
Rowan Atkinson fireworks made locals think Cotswolds was under attack
A firework display
Tall Tales

Rowan Atkinson fireworks made locals think Cotswolds was under attack

And other stories from the stranger side of life
23 May 2022
SIDS, Tasers and Alabaman rights
Ambulances parked outside an NHS hospital in London.
Podcasts

SIDS, Tasers and Alabaman rights

Are we closer to understanding sudden infant death syndrome? Has a Trump-appointed judge given hope to trans Americans? And do too many British police…
20 May 2022
Quiz of The Week: 14 - 20 May
Speculation is mounting over the publication date of Sue Gray’s Partygate report
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 14 - 20 May

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
20 May 2022
Why the US is facing a baby milk shortage
Near-empty shelves in a supermarket in Orlando, Florida
Talking point

Why the US is facing a baby milk shortage

Supply chains went into crisis after major supplier shut down factory following two infant deaths
20 May 2022
Nato’s renaissance: how the world’s most powerful military alliance has taken centre stage
Long table of men at Nato summit
In Depth

Nato’s renaissance: how the world’s most powerful military alliance has taken centre stage

While avoiding direct involvement, Nato has played a crucial role in the Ukraine war
20 May 2022
Curtailing abortion rights: will Republicans rue their victory?
Students protest anti-abortion measures
Talking point

Curtailing abortion rights: will Republicans rue their victory?

The next few years are likely to be ‘chaotic or worse’, predicts the Los Angeles Times
20 May 2022
Will Russia’s ‘Terminator’ tanks break Ukraine’s resistance?
A BMPT ‘Terminator’ tank on display during last year’s Victory Day parade in Red Square
Today’s big question

Will Russia’s ‘Terminator’ tanks break Ukraine’s resistance?

Moscow deploys armoured fighting vehicles in ‘sign of increasing frustration’
20 May 2022
How the Taliban is rolling back the freedoms of the past 20 years
A burqa-clad woman
In Brief

How the Taliban is rolling back the freedoms of the past 20 years

Supreme leader has now announced that all women must cover their faces in public
20 May 2022
George W Bush performs ‘history’s greatest Freudian slip’
George W Bush
Tall Tales

George W Bush performs ‘history’s greatest Freudian slip’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
20 May 2022
What is the ‘great replacement’ theory?
The Buffalo Bills visit the scene of the Buffalo shootings
Getting to grips with . . .

What is the ‘great replacement’ theory?

Manifesto linked to Buffalo shooting suspect Payton Gendron described black Americans and immigrants as ‘replacers’
19 May 2022
Will Ukraine invasion trigger a global food security crisis?
Harvest in Ukraine
In Focus

Will Ukraine invasion trigger a global food security crisis?

Shortages of grain and fertiliser could last years, UN warns
19 May 2022
Why Turkey is threatening to block Nato’s Nordic expansion
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan
Between the lines

Why Turkey is threatening to block Nato’s Nordic expansion

Ankara delays early vote on Sweden and Finland joining military alliance
19 May 2022
Russian roulette for McDonald’s, Unilever and Renault
The flagship McDonald's on Pushkin Square in Moscow
The latest on . . .

Russian roulette for McDonald’s, Unilever and Renault

McDonald’s exit from Russia will put pressure on other big companies
19 May 2022
Inside Cairo’s City of the Dead
The tombs of the Caliphs in el-Arafa necropolis
In Depth

Inside Cairo’s City of the Dead

Authorities planning to demolish historic graves in bid to ease traffic congestion
19 May 2022
Women ‘benefit more from hugs than men’
Two women hugging
Tall Tales

Women ‘benefit more from hugs than men’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
19 May 2022
Can North Korea control a major Covid outbreak?
Kim Jong-un removes his face mask after announcing North Korea’s first official Covid case
Unreported world

Can North Korea control a major Covid outbreak?

Notoriously secretive state ‘on verge of catastrophe’
18 May 2022
Inside the first public US hearing on UFOs in half a century
Scott Bray
Why we’re talking about . . .

Inside the first public US hearing on UFOs in half a century

Reports of unidentified aerial phenomena have doubled in the last year, say intelligence officials
18 May 2022
Can Ukraine beat Russia in the battle for Donbas?
Ukrainian troops on the frontline in Donbas
Getting to grips with . . .

Can Ukraine beat Russia in the battle for Donbas?

Azovstal steel works ‘heroic hold-out’ could prove decisive
18 May 2022
What will happen to Ukraine’s captured Mariupol troops?
More than 260 soldiers have so far been evacuated to Russian-controlled territory
The latest on . . .

What will happen to Ukraine’s captured Mariupol troops?

Russian MPs call for fighters evacuated from Azovstal steelworks to be put to death
18 May 2022
Why the US is deploying troops to Somalia
A Somali soldier stands guard after an al-Shabaab attack in 2015
Getting to grips with . . .

Why the US is deploying troops to Somalia

Joe Biden overturns Trump-era decision to withdraw from African terrorism battle
18 May 2022
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