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Why England is dropping isolation for EU and US tourists
Border Force staff
Behind the scenes

Why England is dropping isolation for EU and US tourists

Ministers reportedly feared that Covid-19 measure was hobbling the economy
28 Jul 2021
Four key moments from police officers’ Capitol Hill riot testimonies
Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell wipes away tear while giving evidence
In Depth

Four key moments from police officers’ Capitol Hill riot testimonies

Cop tells inquiry he thought he was ‘going to die’ during deadly demonstration
28 Jul 2021
What the first national security law verdict means for Hong Kong
Tong Ying-kit arrives in court
Getting to grips with . . .

What the first national security law verdict means for Hong Kong

Man aged 24 found guilty of secession and terrorism in landmark trial ruling
28 Jul 2021
‘Betrayed’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘Betrayed’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
28 Jul 2021
NY restaurant unveils $200 french fries
French fries dish
Tall Tales

NY restaurant unveils $200 french fries

And other stories from the stranger side of life
28 Jul 2021
What was the Black Death and how did it end?
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In Depth

What was the Black Death and how did it end?

Oxford University hopes to protect remote communities against the disease through a new vaccine
27 Jul 2021
Biden announces withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq
Joe Biden and Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi in the Oval Office
In Depth

Biden announces withdrawal of US combat troops from Iraq

President strikes deal with Iraqi PM to end two decades of fighting
27 Jul 2021

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Child deaths on the rise as Indonesia grapples with rapid Covid-19 surge
Two children stand as their relatives pray by an ambulance in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
In Depth

Child deaths on the rise as Indonesia grapples with rapid Covid-19 surge

Hospitals struggle as senior paediatrician says cases rising rapidly among minors
27 Jul 2021
Broadcaster apologises for ‘shocking’ Olympic stereotypes
TOKYO, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 08:Residents of Olympic bid city Tokyo celebrate while holding Tokyo signs after the announcement of the 2020 Summer Olympic Games host city at Komazawa Olympic Park
Tall Tales

Broadcaster apologises for ‘shocking’ Olympic stereotypes

And other stories from the stranger side of life
27 Jul 2021
Afghanistan civilian casualty figures hit record high
An Afghan militia member
The latest on . . .

Afghanistan civilian casualty figures hit record high

Deaths rise 47% year-on-year as Taliban exploits departure of foreign troops
26 Jul 2021
Why has Tunisia’s president sacked the prime minister?
Tunisian President Kais Saied pictured in 2019
Fact file

Why has Tunisia’s president sacked the prime minister?

Hichem Mechichi dismissed amid violent Covid-19 demonstrations
26 Jul 2021
World’s most extreme weather events in 2021
Wildfire in Greece
In pictures

World’s most extreme weather events in 2021

Experts believe climate change is increasing frequency of floods, storms, heatwaves and other catastrophic weather phenomena
26 Jul 2021
Does the Tokyo Olympics branding amount to cultural appropriation?
BBC Tokyo Olympics trailer
Expert’s view

Does the Tokyo Olympics branding amount to cultural appropriation?

What started as a stereotype of Japan by western media has turned into a process of nation branding
26 Jul 2021
Bar offers cocktails to dogs
A dog licking its face
Tall Tales

Bar offers cocktails to dogs

And other stories from the stranger side of life
26 Jul 2021
Infection rise prompts European crackdown on vaccine refuseniks
Anti-vaccination sign at protest
Getting to grips with . . .

Infection rise prompts European crackdown on vaccine refuseniks

Angela Merkel urges population to get vaccinated as Emmanuel Macron’s latest move sparks protests
23 Jul 2021
The UFO files: exploring the findings of the Pentagon’s report
UFO
In Depth

The UFO files: exploring the findings of the Pentagon’s report

The report, released last month, examines mysterious phenomena in the skies. What does it tell us?
23 Jul 2021
Quiz of The Week: 17 - 23 July
A sign warning people to self-isolate if contacted by NHS Test and Trace
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 17 - 23 July

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
23 Jul 2021
Germany floods: what led to this ‘once-in-a-century’ disaster?
A destroyed railway bridge
In Brief

Germany floods: what led to this ‘once-in-a-century’ disaster?

Nearly 200 people died in Germany and Belgium; hundreds are still unaccounted for
23 Jul 2021
China floods sharpen focus on Xi Jinping’s inaction on climate change
A man wades through flood water in Zhengzhou, Henan province
In Depth

China floods sharpen focus on Xi Jinping’s inaction on climate change

Death toll mounts as tens of thousands flee homes following ‘worst rainfall in a millennium’
23 Jul 2021
Shop owner bans ‘bra money’
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Tall Tales

Shop owner bans ‘bra money’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
23 Jul 2021
Art and ethics: Hunter Biden’s controversial new career
Hunter standing with Joe Biden
In Brief

Art and ethics: Hunter Biden’s controversial new career

Hunter has embarked on new career as an artist and is preparing to hold first solo exhibition in October
22 Jul 2021
Tokyo 2020: the ‘strangest’ Olympic Games in history
Tokyo is under a state of emergency
In Focus

Tokyo 2020: the ‘strangest’ Olympic Games in history

The stripped-back event looks set to be ‘an utterly joyless affair’
22 Jul 2021
Germany strikes US deal on controversial Russia pipeline
Angela Merkel and Joe Biden at the White House
Behind the scenes

Germany strikes US deal on controversial Russia pipeline

Joe Biden accused of ‘total surrender to Putin’ over controversial gas pipeline
22 Jul 2021
Spain criminalises support for Franco
Girl performs fascist salute during rally marking anniversary of Francisco Franco’s death
In Depth

Spain criminalises support for Franco

New legislation includes fines of up to €150,000 for ‘glorifying’ the dictator and Spanish Civil War
22 Jul 2021
‘Space race dildos’ launched after Bezos flight
Jeff Bezos
Tall Tales

‘Space race dildos’ launched after Bezos flight

And other stories from the stranger side of life
22 Jul 2021
Northern Ireland Protocol: will the UK trigger Article 16?
David Frost and Boris Johnson
Getting to grips with . . .

Northern Ireland Protocol: will the UK trigger Article 16?

Brexit deal fallout risks ‘being felt in the fabric of our union’, warns Frost
21 Jul 2021
The safest and most dangerous countries in the world
Syrian flag
In Brief

The safest and most dangerous countries in the world

Afghanistan named the least peaceful, while Iceland holds top spot as safest country once again
21 Jul 2021
The links between Bill Gates and Jeffrey Epstein examined
Bill Gates
Behind the scenes

The links between Bill Gates and Jeffrey Epstein examined

New book sets out alleged contact between Microsoft founder and disgraced billionaire
21 Jul 2021
Should the Tokyo 2020 Olympics be cancelled? 
The Japan and Australia women’s softball teams line up ahead of the opening match at Tokyo 2020
Today’s big question

Should the Tokyo 2020 Olympics be cancelled? 

Just days before the opening ceremony a cancellation has not been ruled out 
21 Jul 2021
What next for Haiti after assassination of Jovenel Moise?
Haitian Prime Minister Ariel Henry
In Depth

What next for Haiti after assassination of Jovenel Moise?

Interim prime minister replaced by murdered leader’s pick for top job
21 Jul 2021
Why a migrant hunger strike could bring down Belgium’s government
Medics evacuate a hunger striker from St John the Baptist church at the Béguinage in Brussels
In Depth

Why a migrant hunger strike could bring down Belgium’s government

Some protesters reportedly close to death as Brussels continues to refuse pleas for formal residency
21 Jul 2021
One in five Americans believe vaccines have microchips
Coronavirus vaccine
Tall Tales

One in five Americans believe vaccines have microchips

And other stories from the stranger side of life
21 Jul 2021
India’s true Covid death toll ‘in the millions’, says new study
Funeral pyres burning in New Delhi, India
In Depth

India’s true Covid death toll ‘in the millions’, says new study

New study findings fuel claims that government is deliberately under-reporting pandemic fatalities
20 Jul 2021
What is the rare Monkey B virus that killed vet in China?
Macaque monkeys huddle together for warmth at Awajishima Monkey Center, Japan
Fact file

What is the rare Monkey B virus that killed vet in China?

Infection linked to macaques is often deadly when spread to humans
20 Jul 2021
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