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Nostradamus forecast a terrible 2021
(FILES) A picture taken in 1971 shows a nuclear explosion in Mururoa atoll. France said on March 24, 2009 it will compensate 150,000 victims of nuclear testing carried out in the 1960s in Fre
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Nostradamus forecast a terrible 2021

And other stories from the stranger side of life
4 Jan 2021
The Year Unwrapped: Safety, Kenya and Marx reborn
Karl Marx
Podcast

The Year Unwrapped: Safety, Kenya and Marx reborn

Would we rather be safe than free? Is Kenya finally realising its potential? And is Generation Z really dabbling with Marxism?
31 Dec 2020
2020 Quiz of the Year
Quiz of the year
In Brief

2020 Quiz of the Year

Have you been paying attention to the year’s biggest events?
26 Dec 2020
Christmas in quotations
Daily Briefing

Christmas in quotations

25 Dec 2020
Mystic says a ‘dragon’ will take over the planet next year
dragon
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Mystic says a ‘dragon’ will take over the planet next year

And other stories from the stranger side of life
24 Dec 2020
French border closure scuppered by Poland
Police officers block access to the port in Dover
Behind the scenes

French border closure scuppered by Poland

Other Eastern European EU members also opposed the blockade, which trapped their citizens in the UK
23 Dec 2020
Is there a Brexit fishing deal on the hook?
Boris Johnson looks to the water from a fishing trawler during a visit to Peterhead.
Today’s big question

Is there a Brexit fishing deal on the hook?

EU sets deadline of Christmas Eve as UK negotiators hint an agreement is close
23 Dec 2020
The Christmas Quiz
Former Nasa astronaut Kathryn D. Sullivan
In Review

The Christmas Quiz

Test your knowledge on the year’s news and on popular quiz topics
23 Dec 2020
Passengers and dog leave flight via emergency slide
Delta
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Passengers and dog leave flight via emergency slide

And other stories from the stranger side of life
23 Dec 2020
Novichok put in Navalny’s underwear, says FSB spy
Alexei Navalny
Stranger than fiction

Novichok put in Navalny’s underwear, says FSB spy

FSB agent tricked into revealing bizarre details of plot to kill Putin’s chief critic
22 Dec 2020
The UK fishing offer raising hopes of a deal
Britain's chief Brexit negotiator David Frost in Brussels
In Brief

The UK fishing offer raising hopes of a deal

Compromise on EU catch reduction may have unlocked last-minute talks
22 Dec 2020
Culture Unwrapped - how live performance will stage a comeback in 2021
A stage performance in London's West End
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Culture Unwrapped - how live performance will stage a comeback in 2021

New technology and creative thinking will help theatre, music and dance return next year
22 Dec 2020
Father Christmas caught in power lines
Santa
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Father Christmas caught in power lines

And other stories from the stranger side of life
22 Dec 2020
Trump mulled using ‘martial law’ to keep the presidency
Donald Trump leaving the White House
In Brief

Trump mulled using ‘martial law’ to keep the presidency

Senior aides reportedly shot down talk of rerunning the election under military control at a ‘chaotic’ White House meeting
21 Dec 2020
‘Time is up for Boris Johnson’s reckless optimism’
A member of the British Transport Police speaks with travellers at Waterloo Station
In Depth

‘Time is up for Boris Johnson’s reckless optimism’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
21 Dec 2020
Celebrities who died in 2020
Chadwick Boseman
In Depth

Celebrities who died in 2020

Chadwick Boseman, Jack Charlton and Eddie Van Halen are among the famous figures who have passed away this year
21 Dec 2020
What the closure of Calais means for Brexit
The empty port of Dover
In Brief

What the closure of Calais means for Brexit

France’s ban on all arrivals from the UK may be temporary - but EU-wide rules are likely to follow
21 Dec 2020
Expert hails ‘vintage year’ for Loch Ness sightings
loch ness
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Expert hails ‘vintage year’ for Loch Ness sightings

And other stories from the stranger side of life
21 Dec 2020
‘Boris Johnson’s lack of clarity is offloading Christmas anxiety on to the nation’
Boris Johnson speaks during a news conference at Downing Street.
In Depth

‘Boris Johnson’s lack of clarity is offloading Christmas anxiety on to the nation’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
18 Dec 2020
Sporting peril, boycotting France and farming tomorrow
Rugby player Chris Ashton
Podcast

Sporting peril, boycotting France and farming tomorrow

Will rugby survive a concussion crisis? Why are French goods being recalled across the Arab world? And what’s happening down on the farm?
18 Dec 2020
Quiz of The Week: 12 - 18 December
Boris Johnson gestures on his return to 10 Downing Street.
In Brief

Quiz of The Week: 12 - 18 December

Have you been paying attention to The Week’s news?
18 Dec 2020
‘Asparagus psychic’ predicts trouble for Harry and Meghan
asparagus
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‘Asparagus psychic’ predicts trouble for Harry and Meghan

And other stories from the stranger side of life
18 Dec 2020
21 of the biggest sports events in 2021
Tokyo Olympic Games
In Focus

21 of the biggest sports events in 2021

Olympics, Paralympics, Euros and various world cups are on the sporting calendar
17 Dec 2020
‘How big a price are we willing to pay for Christmas?’
A man dressed as Santa Claus walks through Manchester city centre.
In Depth

‘How big a price are we willing to pay for Christmas?’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
17 Dec 2020
How the world reported Britain’s vaccine rollout
Margaret Keenan becomes the first patient in the UK to receive the Pfizer/BioNtech vaccine
In Depth

How the world reported Britain’s vaccine rollout

Almost 140,000 people received Pfizer jab in first week of UK’s world-first mass immunisation campaign
17 Dec 2020
City of Paris fined for employing ‘too many women’
Eiffel
In Brief

City of Paris fined for employing ‘too many women’

Authorities in French capital ordered to pay €90,000 for breaking gender parity rules
17 Dec 2020
Pastor says world will end next week
IN SPACE - JULY 17: (EDITORIAL USE ONLY) In this handout photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) on July 17, 2014, German ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst took this image of the Earth
In Brief

Pastor says world will end next week

And other stories from the stranger side of life
17 Dec 2020
‘Follow any government’s advice but this one’
German Chancellor Angela Merkel answers questions in the Bundestag.
In Depth

‘Follow any government’s advice but this one’

Your digest of analysis and commentary from the British and international press
16 Dec 2020
ICC rules out investigation into China’s forced detention of Uighurs
A demonstrator wears a mask showing solidarity with China's Uighur population.
Daily Briefing

ICC rules out investigation into China’s forced detention of Uighurs

Prosecutors’ decision is blow to activists who hoped to use international law to highlight persecution of the Muslim minority
16 Dec 2020
The strangest Christmas customs from around the world
christmas2.jpg
In Depth

The strangest Christmas customs from around the world

From defecating logs to KFC-fuelled feasts, Christmas inspires a host of eccentric and colourful rituals
16 Dec 2020
McCartney says ‘Paul is dead’ theory was ‘great publicity’
McCartney
In Brief

McCartney says ‘Paul is dead’ theory was ‘great publicity’

And other news from the stranger side of life
16 Dec 2020
Prince Andrew ‘delayed family holiday’ to party on Epstein’s private island
Prince Andrew during his infamous interview with BBC Newsnight.
In Brief

Prince Andrew ‘delayed family holiday’ to party on Epstein’s private island

15 Dec 2020
What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?
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In Depth

What are the 12 days of Christmas and what do they mean?

The song has become a Christmas classic - but here is what the days actually represent
15 Dec 2020
Alexei Navalny poisoned with negroni after being ‘tailed by hit squad’
Alexei Navalny speaks with journalists during a rally
In Brief

Alexei Navalny poisoned with negroni after being ‘tailed by hit squad’

Reports say the FSB squad had been tracking Navalny since 2017
15 Dec 2020
Coronavirus: what is Europe doing about Covid-19 restrictions over Christmas?
Shoppers walk under Christmas decorations in Bordeaux
In Depth

Coronavirus: what is Europe doing about Covid-19 restrictions over Christmas?

Boris Johnson facing growing opposition to plans to relax UK coronavirus rules during the festive season
15 Dec 2020
Russian woman marries her briefcase
A man carrying a briefcase
In Brief

Russian woman marries her briefcase

And other news from the stranger side of life
15 Dec 2020
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