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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
‘Taxpayers face bill for propping up energy firms’
Today's newspaper front pages
Today’s newspapers

‘Taxpayers face bill for propping up energy firms’

A round-up of the headlines from the UK front pages
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

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Quiz of The Week: 11 - 17 September
New Foreign Secretary Liz Truss departs No. 10
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Quiz of The Week: 11 - 17 September

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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
Trump mocked for ‘laughably childish’ Pence insult
Donald Trump
Tall Tales

Trump mocked for ‘laughably childish’ Pence insult

And other stories from the stranger side of life
16 Sep 2021
India facing US pressure to restart vaccine exports
A man receives his Covid-19 vaccine in New Delhi, India
Between the lines

India facing US pressure to restart vaccine exports

Narendra Modi facing calls from Joe Biden to provide much-needed jabs to developing countries
15 Sep 2021
Chris Whitty takes on rap star Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj and Chris Whitty
Why we’re talking about . . .

Chris Whitty takes on rap star Nicki Minaj

Unlikely face-off sparked by her tweets questioning safety of Covid-19 vaccine
15 Sep 2021
What Merkel’s departure means for the EU
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
In Depth

What Merkel’s departure means for the EU

Survey suggests Europeans want German chancellor’s replacement to ditch consensus-building approach
15 Sep 2021
Scientists to ‘resurrect’ woolly mammoths
A woolly mammoth
Tall Tales

Scientists to ‘resurrect’ woolly mammoths

And other stories from the stranger side of life
15 Sep 2021
Canadian Conservatives ‘learning from Johnson’ to defeat Trudeau
Canadian Conservative leader Erin O’Toole
Behind the scenes

Canadian Conservatives ‘learning from Johnson’ to defeat Trudeau

Erin O’Toole drafts in architects of UK PM’s 2019 win as battle with Liberals goes to the wire
14 Sep 2021
The definitions of pandemic, epidemic and endemic
Coronavirus in Iran
In Depth

The definitions of pandemic, epidemic and endemic

UK transition from coronavirus pandemic to endemic dependent on vaccine, says minister
14 Sep 2021
Afghan brain drain: ‘best and brightest’ flee Taliban rule
A Taliban fighter watches over a protest led by Afghan women in Kabul
In Depth

Afghan brain drain: ‘best and brightest’ flee Taliban rule

Insurgents struggling to stop exodus of highly educated and skilled workers ‘needed to make the country governable’
14 Sep 2021
UFO ‘hovered over prison and left inmates with red rash’
A flying saucer
Tall Tales

UFO ‘hovered over prison and left inmates with red rash’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
14 Sep 2021
Will Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate help the US beat Covid?
Joe Biden
In Depth

Will Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate help the US beat Covid?

President getting both ‘praise and pushback’ over mandatory jabs
13 Sep 2021
What we know about North Korea’s long-range cruise missile test
A North Korean missile test in 2019
Fact file

What we know about North Korea’s long-range cruise missile test

US says the weapon may have nuclear capabilities and poses ‘threats’ to neighbouring nations
13 Sep 2021
Penguins ‘might be aliens’
Penguins
Tall Tales

Penguins ‘might be aliens’

And other stories from the stranger side of life
13 Sep 2021
Michel Barnier: from Europhile Brexit negotiator to Eurosceptic presidential candidate
Michel Barnier
Profile

Michel Barnier: from Europhile Brexit negotiator to Eurosceptic presidential candidate

Ex-colleagues ‘stunned’ by former EU hardliner’s pitch to replace Emmanuel Macron as French leader
10 Sep 2021
Quiz of The Week: 4 - 10 September
Boris Johnson
Quizzes and puzzles

Quiz of The Week: 4 - 10 September

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
10 Sep 2021
America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: a retreat into isolationism?
President Biden
In Brief

America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan: a retreat into isolationism?

‘In his selfish unilateralism’, Biden is no better than Trump, said The Daily Telegraph
10 Sep 2021
9/11 timeline: how events unfolded
George W. Bush speaks to Vice President Dick Cheney on board Air Force One
In Depth

9/11 timeline: how events unfolded

This weekend marks 20 years since the deadliest terror attack in history
10 Sep 2021
Abba returns: how the Swedish supergroup and their ‘Abba-tars’ are taking a chance on a reunion
Abba on stage
In Brief

Abba returns: how the Swedish supergroup and their ‘Abba-tars’ are taking a chance on a reunion

From next May, digital avatars of the foursome will be performing concerts in east London
10 Sep 2021
China’s war on celebrity: the Cultural Revolution 2.0?
Zhao Wei
In Brief

China’s war on celebrity: the Cultural Revolution 2.0?

Last week, the Chinese Communist Party published a diatribe against ‘popular celebrities’ who bring ‘chaos to the internet’
10 Sep 2021
Defining images of the 9/11 attacks
The South Tower of the World Trade Center is hit by the second hijacked plane
In pictures

Defining images of the 9/11 attacks

Marking 20th anniversary of deadliest terror atrocity on US soil
10 Sep 2021
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