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Crypto-positivity, Barbados and a 3D-printed eye
Koh Samui, Thailand
Podcast

Crypto-positivity, Barbados and a 3D-printed eye

Why is Thailand betting big on crypto-currency? Will Barbados benefit from being a republic? And what can we expect from the next generation of prosth…
3 Dec 2021
How Afghanistan is hurtling towards famine and ruin
Afghans at a street market
In Brief

How Afghanistan is hurtling towards famine and ruin

The UN estimates that about 23 million Afghans are facing acute hunger
3 Dec 2021
Qatar’s tainted World Cup
Workers at the site of the Lusail Stadium in 2019
Why we’re talking about . . .

Qatar’s tainted World Cup

In a year’s time, the most controversial World Cup in recent history will kick off
3 Dec 2021
Wedding ring lost in 1960s potato patch is found
A hand with a wedding ring
Tall Tales

Wedding ring lost in 1960s potato patch is found

And other stories from the stranger side of life
3 Dec 2021
‘Did they learn nothing from Baby P?’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘Did they learn nothing from Baby P?’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
3 Dec 2021
America’s vigilante killings: a ‘terrifying trend’
Person holds sign reading 'the whole system is guilty!'
In Focus

America’s vigilante killings: a ‘terrifying trend’

‘This is not normal – or, for a people, sustainable’
2 Dec 2021
The UK’s vaccine stash examined
Covax jab-sharing scheme
Global lens

The UK’s vaccine stash examined

World Health Organization says only 7.5% of people are fully inoculated across Africa
2 Dec 2021

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The traffic-light coalition: a new start for Germany?
Members of new German coalition
In Brief

The traffic-light coalition: a new start for Germany?

New government expected to be sworn in next week, signalling end of Angela Merkel’s 16-year rule
2 Dec 2021
Who will replace Andrew Marr at the BBC?
Andrew Marr
Why we’re talking about . . .

Who will replace Andrew Marr at the BBC?

Four of bookies' top five favourites to fill his shoes are women
2 Dec 2021
Peng Shuai: WTA makes ‘unprecedented statement’ on China
Peng Shuai has won two grand slam women’s doubles titles
The latest on . . .

Peng Shuai: WTA makes ‘unprecedented statement’ on China

Decision to suspend tournaments is ‘brave’ – but it could prove costly
2 Dec 2021
Don’t ‘snog’ strangers under the mistletoe, says minister
mistletoe
Tall Tales

Don’t ‘snog’ strangers under the mistletoe, says minister

And other stories from the stranger side of life
2 Dec 2021
The arguments for and against boycotting sporting events
Qatar World Cup
Pros and cons

The arguments for and against boycotting sporting events

Protesters say regimes are ‘sportswashing’ but others argue that shunning tournaments is ineffective
1 Dec 2021
Is World War Three looming?
Xi Jinping
In Depth

Is World War Three looming?

Tensions at a number of geopolitical flashpoints means the threat of real conflict looms
1 Dec 2021
Which countries have mandated vaccines?
Anti-vaccination protest in London
In Focus

Which countries have mandated vaccines?

Compulsory vaccination rules have been both praised and criticised
1 Dec 2021
Sebold, Lucky and the wrongful rape conviction
Author Alice Sebold in 2018
In Depth

Sebold, Lucky and the wrongful rape conviction

Anthony Broadwater cried ‘tears of joy and relief’ after being exonerated following 16 years in prison
1 Dec 2021
Unvaccinated Greeks facing £85 monthly fine
Greece’s Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis
In Depth

Unvaccinated Greeks facing £85 monthly fine

Prime minister insists the levy for unjabbed over-60s is ‘health fee’ rather than ‘punishment’
1 Dec 2021
How Omicron and other variants were named
Novel coronavirus
Why we’re talking about . . .

How Omicron and other variants were named

Labels for ‘variants of concern’ are based on the Greek alphabet
1 Dec 2021
Who is the richest person in the world?
Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and Bernard Arnault
In Focus

Who is the richest person in the world?

Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Bernard Arnault feature in the top ten
1 Dec 2021
Omicron anagram leads to ‘Christmas hoax’ claim
A Covid lab
Tall Tales

Omicron anagram leads to ‘Christmas hoax’ claim

And other stories from the stranger side of life
1 Dec 2021
Is China capitalist?
Portraits of President Xi Jinping and the late Mao Zedong
Today’s big question

Is China capitalist?

President Xi’s policy of ‘common prosperity’ may have significant impact on global economy
30 Nov 2021
What next for Barbados as it becomes a republic?
Prime Minister Mia Mottley on stage
In Depth

What next for Barbados as it becomes a republic?

Island’s transition from realm to republic is ‘seminal moment’, said PM Mia Mottley
30 Nov 2021
The race to test if vaccines hold up against Omicron
Moderna lab
Behind the scenes

The race to test if vaccines hold up against Omicron

Scientists ‘flying at warp speed’ to decode the new Covid-19 variant
30 Nov 2021
Pac-man made from frog cells may solve plastic pollution
Plastic pollution in a river
Tall Tales

Pac-man made from frog cells may solve plastic pollution

And other stories from the stranger side of life
30 Nov 2021
Ghislaine Maxwell: the allegations examined
Ghislaine Maxwell
Why we’re talking about . . .

Ghislaine Maxwell: the allegations examined

Prosecutors at New York trial will argue the British socialite groomed underage girls for Jeffrey Epstein
29 Nov 2021
Did vaccine inequity cause the emergence of Omicron?
A healthcare worker vaccinates a woman in Soweto, South Africa
Expert’s view

Did vaccine inequity cause the emergence of Omicron?

Immunity experts explain how new virus variants emerge
29 Nov 2021
Researchers pinpoint when babies develop sense of humour
A baby
Tall Tales

Researchers pinpoint when babies develop sense of humour

And other stories from the stranger side of life
29 Nov 2021
Elk arrests, bootleg gas and self-curing HIV
Vladimir Putin
Podcast

Elk arrests, bootleg gas and self-curing HIV

Will a dead moose bring down a Russian opposition leader? Who is smuggling refrigerants into the UK? And how did an Argentinian woman rid herself of H…
26 Nov 2021
Quiz of The Week: 20 - 26 November
Boris Johnson leaves No. 10 to attend Prime Minister’s Questions
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 20 - 26 November

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
26 Nov 2021
Explosions in space: a Russian show of strength
Astronaut aboard the International Space Station
Global lens

Explosions in space: a Russian show of strength

Moscow is letting its opponents know ‘just how far it is willing to go to achieve its strategic objectives’
26 Nov 2021
The space mission launched to protect Earth
Asteroid flies through night sky
The latest on . . .

The space mission launched to protect Earth

Nasa scientists announce successful lift-off in first stage of bid to prevent catastrophic asteroid collision
26 Nov 2021
Why record Channel drownings are unlikely to deter migrants
Migrants on the Channel
Getting to grips with . . .

Why record Channel drownings are unlikely to deter migrants

Desperation and hopes of a better life outweigh fears about perilous crossing
26 Nov 2021
Can Olaf Scholz fill Angela Merkel’s shoes?
Olaf Scholz
In Depth

Can Olaf Scholz fill Angela Merkel’s shoes?

Social Democrat positioned himself as the outgoing chancellor’s ‘natural heir’
26 Nov 2021
Preacher says alien impersonated husband and tried to have sex with her
Sharon Gilbert
Tall Tales

Preacher says alien impersonated husband and tried to have sex with her

And other stories from the stranger side of life
26 Nov 2021
Is Norway a climate hypocrite?
Construction in the North Sea
In Depth

Is Norway a climate hypocrite?

The Scandinavian nation has world-beating green credentials – but it is also a fossil fuel giant
25 Nov 2021
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